Grading the Packers: Wide receivers's Todd Korth continues with individual analysis of players at each position on the Green Bay Packers. Today, Korth grades each of the team's wide receivers.

Donald Driver: The hard-nosed wide receiver enjoyed his finest season yet as a Packer, finishing with career highs in receptions (92) and yards receiving (1,295), his third straight 1,000-yard season. Green Bay's top play-maker, Driver was named to the NFC squad for the annual Pro Bowl in February.

Driver had seven games in 2006 with at least 93 or more yards receiving, including a highlight-reel game at Minnesota on Nov. 12 when he piled up a career-best 191-yard performance on six catches and an 82-yard touchdown.

Driver has caught a pass in 80 straight games, the second longest streak in team history behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94). Despite a shoulder injury late in the season, Driver started all 16 games for the second straight season and third time in his career.

Driver will turn 32 on Feb. 2 and will be entering his ninth season, all with the Packers, but he is as good as ever.

Grade: A

Greg Jennings: The rookie quickly showed that he can be a legitimate play-maker, but he sustained a sprained ankle Oct. 22 at Miami and struggled with the injury down the stretch of the season. Jennings played in 14 of 16 games with 11 starts, missing the season finale at Chicago to attend the birth of his daughter, he and his wife Nicole's first child. But he was second among NFC rookie receivers with 45 catches for 632 yards and three touchdowns. He had 21of his receptions in six games prior to his ankle injury and 24 catches the rest of the way.

Jennings showed good hands, a knack for getting open, great instincts, and just the right amount of speed and quickness when needed.

Grade: B-

Robert Ferguson: Injuries continue to plague this receiver, whose days as a Packer are numbered. Ferguson played in just four games in 2006 before he sustained a sprained arch in his foot Oct. 2 at Philadelphia. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 28.

With two seasons left on his contract, including a salary of $1.8 million in 2007, it seems likely that the Packers will release him this off-season to create salary cap space.

Ferguson had a total of five catches for 31 yards and one touchdown last season. It seemed like Brett Favre lost confidence in the receiver.

Grade: D

Ruvell Martin: The tallest of Green Bay's receivers at 6-foot-4, Martin made the opening day roster as a free agent. He played but was quiet till the final game of the season when he started his second game in the absence of Greg Jennings.

Perhaps it was at the urging of offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, or the soft Bears' secondary, but Martin had career bests of seven catches for 118 yards. He finished the season with 21 catches for 358 yards.

"I told Ruvell, ‘It's time you make some plays tonight,' Jagodzinski said a day after the win over the Bears. "He said, ‘You know, you're right.' He went out and did it. (But) he still carries the ball a little bit loose. I told him that, too."

Martin also is a little too stiff at times, but for the most part he showed that he can be a good No. 3 receiver, and a starter in case of injuries. He flashed his potential against the Bears.

Grade: C+

Carlyle Holiday: The former Notre Dame quarterback and Arizona Cardinals receiver was claimed on waivers by the Packers on Dec. 5. He made his first career catch Dec. 10 against San Francisco, and played mainly on Green Bay's special teams. But with Greg Jennings out and Donald Driver nursing a sore shoulder Dec. 31 against the Bears, Holiday had a bigger role and made the most of it. He had five catches for 87 yards, a sparkling 17.4-per catch avg.

Holiday has a long way to go as a NFL receiver, but he showed the Packers enough to bring him back in 2007.

Grade: C

Chris Francies: The rookie played in five games in between stings on the team's practice squad. He finished with two catches for 16 yards.

Grade: C

Koren Robinson: It was good between the troubled wide receiver and the Packers while it lasted. Signed by the Packers after their opening day shutout loss to the Bears, Robinson gradually began to make plays. But just when he and Favre were beginning to click, the NFL suspended him for a year on Oct. 17 for a third violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Five of Robinson's seven catches came on third down. He also averaged 21.1 yards as a kickoff returner.

Robinson will be eligible to apply for re-instatement to the NFL on Sept. 18 of this year. McCarthy said at his season-ending press conference that he would like to have Robinson back, but he cannot plan that he will be back.
Grade: C+

Shaun Bodiford: Was claimed off waivers from Detroit on Oct. 23, but didn't last long. Bodiford was inserted as the team's punt and kickoff return specialist, but he sustained a broken leg Nov. 12 before he was placed on injured reserve. He did not have any catches.

Grade: Incomplete

Todd Korth

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