Packers Fans May Hate to See Greg Jennings Go, but Replacing Him Won't Be Hard

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12:  wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers catches a pass over cornerback Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Greg Jennings has put his Green Bay house up for sale—and with it, in all likelihood, his roster spot as well.

For those Packers fans holding out hope that he will return, never say never. But this—combined with the depth at the position and the likely distance between what Jennings wants and what the team is willing to offer—makes it look unlikely.

Even when he cleared out his locker after the Packers' loss to San Francisco, Jennings seems resigned to be signed elsewhere.

Really, while selling his house isn't definitive by itself, it certainly looks to be one more nail in the coffin of his Packers career.

But while Jennings is a fine receiver and vertical threat, Packers fans shouldn't be worried. There are plenty of people who can step into his place.

From a production standpoint, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb should more than fill the void—as they did for large portions of this season.

While not a perfect fit, Jones especially has shown a knack for getting open long, and he made huge strides the last two seasons in securing the ball.

With Cobb cutting dangerous underneath routes, Jones going long and Nelson doing everything else and then some, the Packers shouldn't miss a beat after losing Jennings.

Meanwhile, while I was down at the Senior Bowl, I frequently heard from Packers media (as well as other reporters) that we can expect Ted Thompson to take a wide receiver in the draft this year. Perhaps even in the early rounds.

Baylor's Terrance Williams was a guy I liked watching in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. The 6'2" prospect can move well and showed good (though not great) speed, a willingness to go up and fight for the ball and the strength to win those battles.

Our own Matt Miller had Williams as his third wide receiver as of January 15th, and it sounded to me like he enjoyed watching him as much as I did (in between trips to BBQ joints).

A guy who can come a little bit later in the draft is DeAndre Hopkins out of Clemson.  Hopkins is a great route-runner who should get separation because he can lose guys with double moves and fakes. After the catch, he is incredibly dangerous—something the Packers like in a wide receiver.

Finally, another guy we got to watch in Mobile in whom the Packers could be interested was Quinton Patton. The Louisiana Tech prospect has good size for the position—with decent height and great length. He accelerates hard off the line, catching sleeping defensive backs unawares, and like Hopkins, he runs a solid route.

Patton doesn't fight for the ball as well as the other two, nor is he as good at adjusting to the ball in the air. He has been very productive, and his flaws are certainly correctable at the next level, making him someone who will become a good starter, even if he doesn't step in immediately.

We'll be going into more detail over the next few months on a lot of the players who the Packers could be looking at, but suffice it to say, there is plenty of talent for the team to choose from.

It may be hard to watch Jennings go after how well he has played for the Packers, but in the end, replacing him isn't going to take long.

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