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In One Day Chastin West's Value Multiplies

In a span of a couple of hours, wide receiver Chastin West went from flying under the radar to hot commodity.

First there was the endorsement from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as detailed by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Just ask James Jones how valuable that can be.

Then there was the first-year receiver's elevation ahead of veteran Brett Swain on the team's unofficial depth chart last evening.

Considering Swain's experience on a Super Bowl-winning team and special team's versatility, West's rapid ascension might come as a shock to some.

Suddenly, talk has intensified whether the Packers will keep six wide receivers on the 53-man roster in order to keep West.

Our very own Aaron Nagler wouldn't be surprised if the Packers trade West to get some sort of compensation instead of exposing him to waivers.

There's a long ways to go in training camp, the Packers haven't even played a single exhibition game yet, but keep tabs on West, a player the Packers signed as an undrafted rookie last season and thought enough of to keep him on their roster all year long.

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Abe's picture

I realize special teams are important but if you think the guy has the potential to be a long-term impact receiver I feel you have to hold on to him over Swain. You can find a guy to be a good special teamer. It's harder to find a guy who could be an impact players once Driver has retired and if Jennings/Nelson ever move on to another team.

Tim Backes's picture

Absolutely. The guy has much more value as a receiver does than Swain, and Driver isn't going to be around a whole lot longer. I don't see Jennings moving on to another team, but if this West guy really is this hot then we've got to hold on to him.

JLL's picture

Any chance Driver get's cut? I mean, with all this young talent, I wouldn't put it past TT. And it might even be the right decision.

Brian Carriveau's picture

None.

bill dickson's picture

riteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

JL's picture

Why not? Driver's 36. The packers' WR's would still be a top unit without him. We have young, up and coming talent. Maybe we'd miss him this year, but it might be best for the team in the long run. I'm certainly not advocating for it, but I guess I'm trying to get inside TT's head. I guess the biggest concern is locker-room cohesion. A move like this could make things testy in there/

Matt's picture

no there is no chance. see last years packers/niners game. and no, it wouldn't be the right decision

PkrNboro's picture

Personally, I think there may be a surprise cut or two. As you look at the roster, particularly the "age" column, Clifton and Driver come to mind as possible cuts.

Compared to previous years, we've got depth on the oLine -- and, as always, GB goes way deep in the WR department.

alexwoodsIAM's picture

I watched Chastin at Fresno State for many years. He is an impact WR who was hurt by poor play calling and poor qb performance at state (but thats a whole nother story) I hope he makes the team.

bomdad's picture

The only way either of these guys makes the roster is if there are six WR spots, dont forget about Cobb.

Cole's picture

If he somehow makes the team, it almost insures we don't keep 3 QB's, 4 RB's, 5 TE's or some combination.

Cole's picture

We should package West, Nance, Crabtree, and Flynn for a 1st.

Nerdmann's picture

West looked good last year as a developmental prospect with Jason Chery. Remember him!?
I'm actually pulling for West this year. Shakey Smithson and Brandon Saine too.
West is precisely where Swain was a couple years ago when he used his special teams ability to unseat Ruvell Martin.

Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

I was at practice last night. West was catching EVERYTHING. Seriously looked fantastic. Can't see him making the final roster, but stranger things have happened. He certainly won't make the practice squad if he's cut (I believe he's eligible for another year), as someone else will claim him...

bill dickson's picture

wow, cant keep everyone.amazing the depth on this team....should be able to keep 10 more guys...thompson finds people for other teams....not fair

lebowski's picture

One more reason why I'm left scratching my head that we paid to keep James Jones and not Cullen Jenkins. We've got about 18 wide receivers on this team, and if Mike Neal gets hurt again our D line is screwed.

packeraaron's picture

"If Mike Neal gets hurt again our D line is screwed." I keep seeing this - and it makes no sense. The Packers were fine last year when both Neal and Jenkins went down. Were they as dynamic up front? No. But they were fine.

lebowski's picture

True to a point, but we did have Cullen for 11 games last year and got 7.5 sacks out of him. Now he ain't around at all, so 'fine' would have to do all season long.

fishandcrane's picture

Ohh- interesting thought for sure. By not having the practice time early that might end up actually hurting us more than most.
I think most thot is was to our advantage because of our consistency. But now we could be cutting future superstars.

retiredgrampa's picture

I'm wondering if we REALLY have that many rising stars or if we hype them up simply because they are Packers. I'm sure all the other teams,even the Vikings, claim to have up & coming stars. I suppose West deserves his shot now but I hate to see guys like Shaky lose out because of numbers. Life in the NFL.

PackersRS's picture

The first 2 preseason games will be used to give a chance to intriguing players, like West and Sherrod at LG.

It doesn't mean they're ahead in the depth chart. It means they get the opportunity to do so.

Nononsense's picture

Swain is gone, maybe he gets traded maybe he doesn't. Putting West on the DC ahead of Swain is a great move because we have to make other teams believe we plan on keeping him. Hopefully he will shine in the preseason to draw some interest and icrease his trade value.

I would rather keep Gurley or Smithson over West as the 6th WR to tell you the truth. I might feel different if GB wasn't so deep at WR like they are.

Unless West can return punts/kicks or has serious speed to burn, he would just be taking up a valuable roster spot because he won't see much time at WR this season, if any.

Neither will the other two but I think Gurley has a higher ceiling in terms of talent and I won't deny, his size is a nice asset. Shaky could be a nice backup plan for Cobb if he were to get hurt or more involved in the offense.

maxginsberg's picture

Any chance QB1 was talking up West in an effort to drum up more trade value? Maybe Rodgers feels that he at least owes Ted Thompson that much after Ted went out and re-signed James Jones...

Just a thought. Carry on.

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