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    Posted: 19 Jan 2020 at 10:14pm
a late-round draft pick."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareSharePackers 2019 Draft Visits: Speedy Penn State WR DeAndre Thompkins visits Green BayMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsAfter bringing in several big-name players early in the pre-draft visit process Jace Sternberger Jersey 2019 , the Green Bay Packers appear to be heading back to their old traditions: hosting players who are likely to go undrafted or who are under consideration as late-round draft picks. The latest such player is a receiver who was lightly-used in college, but whose physical tools have him as a possible late pick in next week’s draft.The player is Penn State wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound player who, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, visited the Packers recently. Thompkins’ career production maxed out as a junior in 2017, when he had career highs in receptions (28), yards (443), and touchdowns (3) Jace Sternberger Jersey Mens , and for his career he had just 83 catches for 1,245 yards and six scores. However, it is likely his testing that has him squarely on the map for NFL teams. Although he was not invited to the 2019 NFL Combine, Thompkins tore up Penn State’s Pro Day with a blistering time in the 40-yard dash. reports his numbers as follows:40-yard dash: 4.34 seconds (with 1.53-second 10-yard split)3-cone drill: 7.02 secondsShort shuttle: 4.26 secondsThose numbers put him squarely in the Packers’ sights and traditional receiver thresholds. His size puts him on the smaller side, however, and general manager Brian Gutekunst showed a preference for bigger, taller receivers when he took three of them in the 2018 NFL Draft.However, despite not having impressive offensive production in his career, Thompkins has extensive special teams experience Youth Jace Sternberger Jersey , particularly as a return man. He was Penn State’s primary punt returner for three seasons, and he took two punts to the house in his career. He also averaged an impressive 13.3 yards per punt return as a junior in 2017.On a personal side, Thompkins graduated early in December of 2017, and played his final season as a graduate student. He could well be a candidate for one of the Packers third-day draft picks or as a possible priority free agent signing. Marquez Valdes-Scantling made 38 catches for 581 yards and two touchdowns last season. But did he earn the trust of his quarterback?In the scathing Bleacher Report story this spring, Tyler Dunne said Aaron Rodgers “showed virtually zero trust in his three rookie receivers, J'Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown” and had “zero interest” in developing them.A source told Dunne that Rodgers “didn’t like” Valdes-Scantling.But Valdes-Scantling’s targets did not decline down the stretch. Forty of his 73 targets came in the final eight weeks, including nine in Week 16 and eight in Week 17.Rodgers said this week that while wanting to get the ball to Davante Adams more than last season when Adams’ 169 targets was only one shy of Julio Jones‘ NFL-leading number, he also has confidence in his other receivers.The Packers have wideouts Geronimo Allison White Jace Sternberger Jersey , Jake Kumerow and Trevor Davis as well as tight end Jimmy Graham to go with the three receivers they drafted a year ago.“There’s nothing wrong with having a go-to guy who’s that dynamic and trying to find ways to get him the ball,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I think obviously we need complementary pieces in place.“I think Marquez has had a fantastic spring and really stepped up as a guy who can be an every-down player, and then I expect a big bounce-back year from Jimmy. He’s healthy; he’s feeling good. This offense I think fits him and his body type, but I’m not going to shy away from throwing the ball to Davante.”
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