The Green Bay Packers losing their star WR Davante Adams is going to hurt them going forward. Many shared this sentiment, however, many believe with the back-to-back MVP, Aaron Rodgers, they would figure it out. Recently, Rodgers has expressed his discomfort and lack of patience for silly mistakes from the young WR corp, reported Rob Demovsky for ESPN. Many are questioning if the Packers will share the same success they’ve had in the previous season but it appears they’re off to a rough start.
“The young guys, especially young receivers, we’ve got to be way more consistent,” Rodgers said. “A lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route. We’ve got to get better in that area.”
Which of the WRs for the Green Bay Packers was Rodgers Referring to?
There’s no real way this criticism was directed, however, it’s not a good sign regardless. Most veteran QBs attempt to big up their younger WRs to help build their confidence on the field. Rodgers seems to be taking a much different approach. To be fair, the WRs will have to fill big shoes attempting to replace the production of Adams going forward. The 38-year-old QB’s patience appears to be dwindling, especially coming off a penalty-filled practice, per sources.
As a unit, they are not as efficient and crisp as they’d like, however, not even a month into the season whatever team ever is. There are going to be growing pains and mistakes are going to be made specifically when you have fewer experience players surrounded by a seasoned vet like Rodgers.
“The offense is growing,” Lazard said after practice. “It’s coming along and everything. We had a lot of false starts, a lot of missed signals, and stuff like that today, which is not the standard that we’ve had, especially in recent history. So I think there’s a lot to improve on from that standpoint. But overall, I thought we did well.”
Rodgers understand guys have to earn their keep and the best guys will play. He wants to repeat the success they found last season although it’s without the best WR in the NFL. In order to do so, he will have to rely on his younger WRs and at the moment he sees a bunch of inconsistencies.
“It’s coming up,” Rodgers said of the regular season. “Yeah, it’s coming up. It really is. We’re going to play our best guys when the season starts. And whoever those guys are, those guys are going to get the reps. It’s the guys I trust the most and the guys the coaches trust the most. A lot of it is just the simple responsibility in the offense. Way before body positioning and movement and throw, and all that stuff, are you in the right spot at the right time? Are you running the right route?”