Monday, June 17, 2013
Not expecting a call to Donald Driver
By Kevin Seifert
Retired Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver made some headlines over the weekend by telling reporters that he would be in shape and ready to resume his career should the team reach out to him this season. The sentiment is admirable, but I think we can all agree that only a catastrophic series of events would put the Packers in position to need Driver back.
Don't forget that last season, Driver was active for 13 games and got on the field for only 150 snaps -- about 14 percent of the Packers' total plays. Those figures would have been lower were it not for a number of injuries suffered by other receivers. Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined to miss a total of 13 regular-season games.
Jennings departed via free agency, but the Packers are set to move forward with Nelson, Cobb and James Jones as their top three receivers. They have two promising reserves from last season in Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross, and they also drafted a pair of receivers in Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey. It's nice that Driver will be ready, but it's difficult to see a non-emergency path for him to return to the field with the Packers.