Size Could Be Borel’s Biggest Problem

I jumped on the Diondre Borel bandwagon the very first week of training camp last summer and I’m still on it today. The former college quarterback has what it takes to play receiver in the NFL. Unfortunately, he might not get that chance in Green Bay.

The Packers have five veteran receivers pretty much locked into roster spots, and even if GM Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy decide to keep a sixth player at the position for the first time in years, Borel still faces an uphill battle. That’s because he doesn’t add anything unique to the mix.

Borel is smallish, but very athletic. He can burst in and out of cuts to get separation and he usually makes the first tackler miss. He also returns kicks. If that sounds familiar, it should. Randall Cobb is the same kind of receiver – only more experienced and more explosive. And I’m not sure the Packers need another Cobb.

That’s why Tori Gurley probably has a better chance to make the final 53. I don’t think he has the long-term potential of Borel, but he has rare size for the position. That makes him a potential weapon in the red zone. It also makes him the slight favorite to be the No. 6 receiver, if of course, there is a No. 6 receiver.

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