Camp Preview: By Numbers at WR

We look at one key player, one darkhorse contender, one player on the bubble and one new face, and provide some numbers you might not know about the Packers' productive receiver corps.

One key player: Greg Jennings, of course. Jennings is hands-down the Green Bay Packers' best receiver in terms of consistency and explosiveness. After Jermichael Finley went down early in Week 5, Jennings led all NFL receivers with 98.4 yards per game en route to his best season of 76 catches, 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. Occasional lapses in concentration have proven costly, but when Jennings is locked in — like during the Super Bowl — he's been incredible. He's not the biggest and he's not the fastest but he's a brilliant route-runner and one of the league's elite deep threats. In fact, his 56 catches of 25-plus yards in five seasons is No. 1 in the league. Of those, he ranked third last season with 16 grabs of 25-plus yards.

One darkhorse: Chastin West spent all of his rookie season on the practice squad after a productive career at Fresno State in which he caught 79 passes for 1,008 yards and returned three kicks for touchdowns in 36 total games. The question is, will there be room for West to make a charge for a roster spot? If James Jones winds up re-signing, the receiver corps will be set with Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, Jones and second-round pick Randall Cobb. If Jones departs or there's an injury, West will challenge ...

One on the bubble: Brett Swain was a seventh-round pick in 2008. After spending his rookie year on the practice squad, Swain played in six games in 2009 until tearing an ACL, then played in all 16 games and caught six passes in 2010. He dropped a pass in the Super Bowl but had three tackles on special teams. This is the time when Ted Thompson typically turns over the roster, replacing one player who hasn't fulfilled expectations with a younger one who has some potential, such as West. Whoever it is, special teams will be the difference.

One new face: Cobb was a dynamic playmaker at Kentucky. Regardless of where the Wildcats' coaches lined him up, Cobb produced — despite having a huge bull's-eye on his back in the rugged Southeastern Conference. "He's a unique individual," director of college scouting John Dorsey told Packer Report after the draft. "As a returner — punt and kick — he helps the organization and takes pressure off Tramon (Williams), where Tramon won't have to be a punt returner and he can concentrate more on the cornerback position. He's going to have to line up prove he can do that. Then he gives you a unique asset in terms of another quality slot receiver. God knows we've got good receivers and he adds some depth there. The way our coaching staff is, they'll find ways to use him. He's another quality kid. This guy knows football. He loves football, he's passionate about it. From high school on up, he's been a winner. You can't ask for anything more than that. He's a good prospect."

6.08: Average yards after the catch last season by Jones, a figure that ranked seventh in the NFL. Nelson was eighth (5.89) and Jennings 13th (5.74). Jennings slipped a team-high 13 tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.

16.6: Jennings' average yardage per catch, which ranked second in the NFL among receivers with at least 65 receptions last season.

17: Jennings' 50-plus-yard catches over the last four seasons, the most in the league.

21: Drops by the Packers' receivers (seven by Driver, six by Jones and four each by Nelson and Jennings), according to STATS. Pro Football Focus graded the receivers a bit harsher, with 34 drops, including the playoffs (Nelson 11, Jennings and Jones eight, Driver seven).

42: Number of receiving yards needed by Driver to break Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton's franchise record of 9,656.

70.4: Percent of passes caught by Nelson, easily the best among the Packers' receivers and No. 2 in the NFL among all wide receivers. Imagine if he wouldn't have dropped so many passes.

9, 140, 1: Numbers of catches, yards and touchdowns in the Super Bowl by Nelson, making him one of just four players in Super Bowl history to turn in that kind of performance.

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