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With Jennings, Driver likely gone, could Pack target WR?

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By Arthur Arkush

With the departures of unrestricted free agent WR Greg Jennings and aging veteran Donald Driver a near certainty, could the Packers be in the market for more help at receiver this offseason?

When healthy, the trio of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb still gives Green Bay a WR corps that would be the envy of most NFL teams. Yet, Nelson missed four games because of leg and hamstring injuries in 2012, and Cobb, despite leading the NFL in all-purpose yards during a breakthrough campaign, wasn’t quite the same player after suffering an ankle injury in Week 16.

There are likely more pressing needs — Aaron Rodgers’ protection must be shored up and the defense’s toughness was called into question after getting steamrolled by Colin Kaepernick and the Niners' gargantuan offensive line in the postseason — but don’t be shocked if the Pack target a pass catcher or two in the draft who can work on the outside. Cobb’s most effective position as a rookie was working out of the slot — or coming out of the backfield — and Nelson’s absence was felt at times.

As long as Rodgers is the offensive centerpiece — and that will likely be the case for many, many years — the Packers should be a pass-first outfit. Thus, adding another target to Rodgers’ arsenal could help bolster the depth of what has consistently been one of the league’s best receiving corps the past several seasons.

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