So going into next year, what would be the depth chart, assuming everyone comes back?
#1 J. Walker
#2 D. Driver
#3 T. Murphy
#4 R. Ferguson
#5 A. Chatman
Chatman seemed to put up good numbers these last few games. Why is that? Opportunity? Talent? Wouldn't Chatman be higher than Murphy at this point, simply because he's produced? Just curious. I've seen Chatman, Murphy, and Fergie on dynasty waiver wires and I'm just wondering which one(s), if any, are worth the gamble, especially if Favre retires.
Chatman's a FA. I think we've seen about the best we can expect out of him this season. Which isn't bad, but he just doesn't strike me as much of a play maker. I haven't been all that impressed with him, and I'd be surprised if Green Bay pays him what he thinks he's worth. If he sticks cheap as a punt returner, so be it. But as a WR, I'm just not all that impressed.I'd list them this way now:
Gardner (I'm assuming they sign him over Chatman)
Chatman, who will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season, just hopes he's not the odd man out March 3, when the free-agency frenzy begins.
As Chatman is about to wrap up his most successful season in his three-year NFL career, (45 catches, 516 yards, 11.5 per catch average) his agent perceives a total lack of credit for his client's achievements.
What gets me is all these articles are saying, `There's only one offensive weapon on this team and its Donald Driver,''' said Mark Mersel. ``That's ridiculous.''
Chatman, along with the rest of the Packers, had Monday and Tuesday off and was not available for comment.
Chatman has scored three touchdowns this year and is ranked 29th in the NFC in receptions, though he began the year as the fourth receiver. He led the Packers in receiving against Cincinnati with eight catches for 97 yards. When Walker and Murphy were lost for the season, Ferguson battled injuries as well, and Driver found himself double- and triple-teamed, Chatman would often be the security blanket receiver, open and available for a first down.
Besides filling in as the No. 3 or No. 2 receiver next to Driver, Chatman has also returned 42 punts. His 9.2 average is ninth in the NFL. Against the Bears, he ripped off an 85-yard return for a touchdown, the longest in the NFL this season. His position coach said he has excellent judgment on when to fair catch and when to let a punt go.
``He's done a great job this year,'' special teams coach John Bonamego said. ``The guy makes great decisions. He catches the ball with a lot of confidence. He's had at least two long returns called back because of penalties. I'm behind the guy, I really am, I think he's a good player.''
Chatman is also tough, playing through finger and hand injuries this season.
His one liability apparently is his size. He is generously listed at 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds. Rossley said Chatman gets the most out what he's got in stature, talent and ability, and praised him for working more at his craft.