39-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Free Agent
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Donald Driver in 2013. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Donald Driver Contract Information:
Agreed to a restructured contract with the Packers for one-year, $2.5 million in May of 2012.
Driver noted Sunday he would only consider coming out of retirement if the Packers came calling, ESPN.com reports.
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Donald Driver: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)He retires as Green Bay's all-time leader in receptions (743) and yards (10,137) and is third in touchdown receptions (61). There was a report the Vikings were interested in signing him, but he'll retire having played for just one organization.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Donald Driver.
Driver restructured his contract so that he could finish his career in Green Bay, but he's definitely on the decline. It's likely that younger players, such as Randall Cobb, will pass him in targets and Driver's role will be reduced. He might be worth something if a string of injuries push him into more playing time, but he'll be low on the depth chart heading into the season.
While the 36-year old Driver claims he wants to play until he's 40, his body may have other plans. Despite playing with Aaron Rodgers, Driver managed a measly 6.6 YPT and 11.1 YPC, both huge drop-offs from his typically strong per-play stats. Some of that might have been due to quad and hand injuries, so a short-term bounce back is certainly possible, but at his age, overall decline is inevitable. He's strictly a possession receiver now without red-zone size, and his upside is accordingly limited even in one of the best offensive environments in the league.
For the second straight season, the seemingly ageless Driver put up outstanding numbers with Aaron Rodgers under center. The 35-year-old receiver averaged 9.5 yards per target (5th among the leagueís 28 100- target receivers) and 15.2 yards per catch. He hauled in 63 percent of the passes thrown his way, and took five passes for 40-plus yards (tied for 10th). At 6-0, 185, Driverís never been much of a red-zone threat, and last year was no exception ó just 12 of his 112 targets were from that area of the field. Driverís not a burner, but heís got adequate speed, excellent athleticism and quickness in and out of his breaks. Greg Jennings should be the teamís primary home run threat again, and Jermichael Finley (17 redzone targets in 13 games) its first option from in close, but Driver should have another solid season or two as Aaron Rodgers go-to possession guy.
Brett Favreís favorite target the last few years had little trouble adjusting to the Aaron Rodgers era. At 33, Driver put up per-play numbers reminiscent of his finest seasons Ė in fact, his 8.8 yards per target (11th) was the best number of his career, and his 13.7 yards per catch was nearly in line with his 2004-06 prime. A decline in total targets (115, 25th) was the only reason Driverís total output failed to reach peak levels. Of course, with the emergence of Greg Jennings as one of the leagueís top big-play wideouts, that trend is unlikely to reverse. At 6-0, 185 Driverís never been much of a red-zone threat Ė and that was when they actually used to throw to him there. Last season, he saw just 11 red-zone targets, though six of those were from inside the 10 (three scores). But even at his advanced age, Driver was able to gash opponents down the field (his six catches of 40-plus tied him for 6th). Heís not a true burner, but heís got decent speed, exceptional athleticism and good quickness in and out of his breaks. Although he turned 34 in February, we expect Driver again to have a prominent role as the Packersí No. 2 receiver.
From Sterling Sharpe to Robert Brooks to Antonio Freeman, Brett Favre's always outlasted his favorite receivers. But this time, it's Driver who has to look for a new battery-mate. At 33, Driver can still get down the field Ė he had four catches of 40-plus and 14 for more than 20 (putting him in the top-20 on both counts). But Driver saw mostly short looks as indicated by his modest 12.8 yards per catch. That Driver was productive on a per-play basis (8.5 yards per target) was due to him hauling in 67 percent of the balls thrown his way. With Favre gone and Greg Jennings taking on the big-play role, there's not too much to get excited about here. Driver again saw more than his fair share of red-zone looks (17 in 15 games) but converted just two for scores. And this is nothing new. Driver's one of 11 receivers to have received 50-plus red-zone targets the last three seasons, and his 12 percent conversion rate is the lowest by far. (Reggie Wayne was second worst at 19 percent). In short, Driver should be decent possession option for Aaron Rodgers this season, but with moderate playmaking and poor red-zone skills, his upside is limited.
Driver quietly posted the sixth-best season among receivers in standard fantasy leagues last season. He was targeted 167 times (second) and 27 times in the red zone (second), but managed just four red-zone scores, two of which came on his four tries from inside the five-yard line. Driver converted just one of 16 red-zone looks for scores in 2005, and four of 19 in 2004, so donít expect a big uptick in his conversion rate in 2007. That said, Driver broke 1,000 receiving yards for the fourth time in five seasons, and his solid route-running and status as quarterback Brett Favreís favorite receiver make him a good bet to be among the league leaders in targets. At age 32, Driver still has the speed to get behind defenses (five catches of 40 yards or more), and heís got an excellent vertical leap that allows him to go up and snatch the ball out of the air against smaller defenders. At 6-0, 190, Driver isnít going to overpower anyone, but heís not slight, either, and heíll mix it up in traffic over the middle of the field. While second-year man Greg Jennings figures to play a bigger role, Driver should still be one of the more heavily targeted wideouts in the league this season. Just keep in mind that Driverís not getting any younger, and his quarterback isnít the player he used to be.
Driver broke 1,000 yards receiving for the third time in four seasons last year and 1,200 for the second in a row. Oddly enough Javon Walkerís season-ending injury affected Driverís numbers only in the touchdown department, and not in the way you might expect Ė Driver scored four less touchdowns in 2005 as Green Bayís No. 1 target. Despite being targeted in the red zone 16 times last year, Driver converted just one pass for a score after converting a modest 4-of-19 in 2004. Contrast that with 2005 teammate Antonio Chatman who converted half of his eight red-zone targets for touchdowns. With Walker now in Denver, itís reasonable to expect more of the same. Like last season, Driver should be among the more targeted receivers in the NFL, and given the state of the Packers defense, Green Bay should be expected to throw a lot. At 6-0, 188, Driver isnít going to overpower defensive backs, but heís got enough speed to get downfield, and heís quick enough to make defenders miss after the catch. Driverís not a great route runner, but he improved his focus in 2005 and cut his drops from 11 to five.
Driver bounced back from a disappointing 2003 campaign to equal or top his career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season. Driver was targeted 143 times, just three fewer than teammate Javon Walker, while giving Brett Favre a viable second option. And lest we write off Driver as a mere possession guy, consider he averaged 14.4 yards per catch and caught four passes of 40 yards or more. Driver isnít going to overpower defensive backs at 6-0, 188 pounds, but heís fast enough to get downfield and quick enough to make defenders miss after the catch. Driverís not a great route runner and heís prone to drops Ė his 11 drops tied him for second most in the league. Driverís not much of a red-zone threat, either, converting just 4-of-19 throws from inside the 20. But with Walker occupying double-teams and Favre forced to throw early and often due to a substandard defense, Driver is a good bet to see plenty of passes thrown his way again this season.
Many Packer-backers think Driver should be ranked higher as an arguable No. 1 receiver. But Driver was targeted only 86 times last year and scored just twice. Driver is a bit undersized at about 180 pounds and lacks blazing speed. So he may yield the every-down jobs to Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson, both of whom are bigger and faster.
No receiver came further in 2002 than Driver -- he was fourth on the Green Bay depth chart at the beginning of camp, but he wound up as Brett Favre's No. 1 downfield target when the year was through (70 catches, 1,064 yards, nine touchdowns). The Packers apparently don't think it's a fluke, either, as they signed Driver to a five-year contract extension in late November. Driver's emergence was a little bit surprising given his skills -- he's got OK speed and just average hands -- but it becomes less surprising when you consider who he beat out (Terry Glenn, Robert Ferguson, Javon Walker). Bottom line, Driver will probably get the opportunity to match his 2002 stats, and that's the biggest thing -- opportunity. Whether he's actually good enough to contend for a Pro Bowl spot on a yearly basis remains to be seen.