Packers could use another receiver, even with Jordy Nelson back in form

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With free agency less than a month away, it’s a good time to take a look at who the Green Bay Packers have returning and what they might need to add this offseason at each position.


Under contract for 2017: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis, Max McCaffrey, Antwan Goodley.

Free agents: Geronimo Allison (exclusive rights).

Position review: Nelson and Adams produced in a big way, combining for 26 regular-season touchdown catches. Nelson led the league with 14 and Adams was tied for second with 12. They became just the second Packers' duo to record 12-plus touchdown catches in the same season (Nelson and Cobb did so in 2014).

Cobb, however, still hasn’t lived up to his 2014 season, in part because of injuries. His numbers dropped for the second straight season -- from 91 catches in 2014 to 79 in 2015 to 60 in 2016; from 1,287 yards to 829 to 610; from 12 touchdowns to six to four.

Janis never took the step that some anticipated after his big performance in the 2015 playoff game in Arizona. He fell behind Allison on the depth chart.

Davis, a rookie fifth-round pick, also fell behind Allison, an undrafted free agent.

Ty Montgomery's move to running back and Jared Abbrederis' release after an injury thinned out what was a deep group to start the season.

Position outlook: Who knows how much longer Nelson can keep this up. But his return from the ACL tear that kept him out all of the 2015 season was an overwhelming success with 97 catches, 1,257 yards and the 14 touchdowns. Nelson, who will turn 32 in May, has two more years left on his four-year, $39 million contract.

Adams will head into the final year of his rookie deal coming off his best season, but the Packers will need to see consistency before they decide whether to extend him.

There’s talk Cobb could be approached about a pay cut, but the Packers haven’t done that with a player since kicker Mason Crosby after his career-worst year in 2012. It’s highly unlikely they would cut him outright, but Year 3 of his four-year, $40 million deal could be make or break.

Allison looks like he has the potential to be a contributor because of his size (6-foot-3). He’ll be re-signed to a minimum deal after he did only a one-year contract when promoted from the practice squad during the season.

Davis, who was benched midway through the season after a fumbled punt return, remains a promising prospect.

Janis is down to the final year of his rookie contract.

McCaffrery, the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrery, was promoted from the practice squad before the NFC title game but did not play. Goodley finished the year on the practice squad.

Level of need (low, medium or high): Medium.

By the numbers

3: Yards short of 1,000 that Adams finished during the regular season. His 997 yards came on 75 catches.

3: Touchdown catches for Cobb in the postseason, all in the wild-card win against the Giants.

3: Receivers (Allison, Davis and Janis) who caught their first career regular-season touchdown during the Oct. 30 game in Atlanta.