Yesterday, as I watched the thrilling match between the United States and Brazil, I had a bit of an impromptu Packers question and answer session with my followers on Twitter.
I wanted to highlight one question in particular:
whats drivers role this year?
Same as it ever was. Last year was a fluke - you watch. Big bounce back.
I know this may surprise some people, but I firmly believe Driver is in line to have a a lot of balls thrown his way, especially early in the season.
Look, is Driver getting older? Of course. Did he have a number of alarming drops last year during a season where he was dinged up throughout? Absolutely.
But there simply is not a player on the Packers roster who takes better care of himself physically than Driver. Couple that with the time he's been allowed to be away from the game due to the lockout and I think we'll see a refreshed and rejuvenated Driver whenever whatever is going to pass for training camp arrives.
Don't discount Driver's experience in McCarthy's offense coupled with the likely departure of James Jones. Yes, Jordy Nelson will no doubt step up and get a lot of the looks that Rodgers was giving Jones. And I know fans think Randall Cobb is just going to step in and be the second coming of Percy Harvin.
Unfortunately, this isn't Madden where you can just plug a guy into the lineup and keep humming along at near optimum efficiency. The loss of the offseason and what is looking like a truncated training camp will put Cobb way, way behind in terms of learning and knowing the offense. I wouldn't be surprised to learn McCarthy will have a handful of plays specifically for the rookie - but to expect Cobb to jump in cold and be a regular in the rotation just isn't a very realistic way of thinking.
Which brings me back to Driver. While I expect Jennings, Nelson and of course Finley to get a lot of looks, I suspect Driver will be used even more from the slot than ever before, especially on third downs. His experience in the offense couple with Rodgers' comfort with his abilities, knowing Driver will be where he is supposed to be will result in a much more productive output from the 13 year veteran than what we saw in 2010.
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