Training camp preview: Wide receivers

A quick peek at the position as the Packers enter training camp

With Pro Bowler Donald Driver and big-play Greg Jennings entrenched as the starters, the big battles at wide receiver will be for the backup positions.

No. 3: As often as teams use three-receiver sets, the No. 3 wideout is practically a starter in the modern NFL. James Jones had a productive rookie season but tapered off down the stretch. Still, with his size and strength, he quickly drew comparisons to Sterling Sharpe. He'll be pushed by rookie second-round pick Jordy Nelson, who caught 122 passes last season at Kansas State.

Give Jones the early edge, because he has some chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, going so far as to work out with Rodgers in San Diego after the offseason program was complete.

Roster battle: With Driver, Jennings, Jones, Nelson and Ruvell Martin all but locks for roster spots, there will be quite a contest to be the final receiver on the 53-man roster.

Brett Swain has an early edge based on his seventh-round draft status. But Shaun Bodiford and Chris Francies have spent a couple of years in Green Bay, undrafted rookie Taj Smith was productive at Syracuse and fellow undrafted rookie Jake Allen is intriguing because of his 6-foot-4 frame.

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