A rough pre-season for wide receivers just got a lot worse as Packers' top receiver Jordy Nelson is likely to miss the entire season with a torn ACL, per multiple Twitter reports, including NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This News coming right on the heels of the torn ACL for the Panthers top receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, really calls into question how the NFL pre-season is run. But that's a secondary question now for a Packers team that is looking to compete for the Super Bowl this season. 

While Nelson is still a ways away from the Packers Hall of Fame, he's a key cog in the Green Bay attack. To put into perspective what the Packers lost, here is where Nelson ranked in some major receiving categories last year:

  • 7th in receptions
  • 2nd in receiving TD's 
  • 5th in yards/game

The silver lining for the Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers -- who also took a bit of a beating Sunday -- is that there's a lot of youthful depth in this wide receiving corps as they look to replace Nelson.

The initial favorite to line up in Nelson's spot is second-year receiver Davante Adams. The former Fresno State Bulldog saw action in all 16 games last year, and even got the starting nod in 11 of them. He brought down 38 receptions for 446 yards, making him third on the team.

He was firmly slotted behind two 1000-yard guys in Nelson and Randall Cobb. That experience in the Packers system and limited action means that now head coach Mike McCarthy will probably give Adams the first crack at lining up opposite Cobb.

One other name to watch out for down the road is rookie Ty Montgomery out of Stanford. Every team has a player that is the standout in training camp, and for Green Bay that guy was Montgomery. Training camp reports always have to be taken with a grain of salt, since every player will tell you that the team is great and they feel better than ever, but still this 3rd round pick is worth watching. Montgomery racked up over 2,000 yards at Stanford, and showed an ability to stretch the field as he averaged 15.7 yards per catch in his junior season.

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One of the things that made Jordy Nelson so talented is his versatility. He's a guy who could stretch the field but also run underneath routes. If Montgomery can utilize his 6-foot frame and harness his awesome athleticism, he could be used in many of the same ways as the Z-receiver in the Packers offense. If not, the Packers will have to lean on their defense more early on as they search to replace an all-pro wideout.

For all you fantasy players, Adams is the add. If you haven't drafted yet, don't take Nelson. Take Adams late. Keep an eye on Montgomery as a guy who could be a big move on the waiver wire.