Packers wideouts need to step it up

Posted Oct. 13, 2010 @ 2:17 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Each Wednesday throughout the season, we'll identify one Packers player, coach or area of the team that is most under the microscope. This week, the Packers' wideouts are the choice.

Considering all of the injuries the Packers are currently being forced to contend with, there are any number of positions or areas of the team that could be considered worthy of "Hot Spot" status, with the depleted ranks at quarterback (if Aaron Rodgers is ruled out because of a concussion), tight end, linebacker and special teams certainly warranting strong consideration.

But we're going with the Packers' wide receivers, a position that has been relatively pain-free but at the same time has been a real pain to watch because of the uncustomary subpar production from the unit's top two pass catchers, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.

After a strong season-opening effort in Week One (five catches for 82 yards and a TD), Jennings has been particularly unproductive, despite managing to corral two more TDs (one in Week Three, one in Week Four). He has no more than three catches or 36 yards receiving in each of the past four games.

Driver's numbers are a bit better, but his four dropped passes against the Redskins last Sunday was a major problem that needs to be solved right away. Also dropping passes against the ’Skins were James Jones (two) and Jordy Nelson (one). Clearly, a better show of hands will be needed this Sunday at Lambeau Field.