The battle at wide receiver is one of the toughest in camp due to the fact that there are 12 players and, at most, 6 spots available. It doesn’t make it any easier when the talent level is such that there simply isn’t room for all the players that deserve spots.
Locks: Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice, Jermaine Kearse, Percy Harvin*.
Harvin starts the year on the PUP, so he wont count against the roster. There’s been a lot of talk about Rice getting cut because of his cap number, but it’s not going to happen. Maybe if Harvin was healthy, but he’s not.
Near Locks: Chris Harper.
Harper started slow, but he’s been getting consistently better each day. As a high ceiling talent, I expect him to make the team.
Currently On The Roster: Stephen Williams.
Stephen Williams has been great, and he deserves a roster spot right now. It’s also possible the the team decides it wants another slot receiver to round out the group. I still think someone will have to step up and knock him off the roster in order for him not to make it.
Fighting To Unseat Williams: Phil Bates, Arceto Clark, Brett Swaine, Bryan Walters.
None of these guys are simply “camp bodies.” All of them have stood out at times, and each has a shot of earning a roster spot if they can play at a consistently high level as we get closer to the cut days.
Not Enough Information Yet: Perez Ashford
Ashford could screw up my entire evaluation because I haven’t seen enough of him to figure out where he fits.