Aaron Rodgers: I was watching the first round thinking which receiver will be there

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he was expecting Green Bay to take a wide receiver — certainly not a quarterback — in the first round of the draft.

Rodgers said that as the Packers’ pick was approaching, he was getting excited about the potential for a new target, and he was surprised it didn’t turn out that way.

“When they [traded] up, I was watching the draft and thinking about which receiver might be there at that time,” Rodgers told Kyle Brandt of TheRinger.com. “There was a run on them there in the early 20s, the kid from LSU [Justin Jefferson] who I loved watching went to Minnesota in the early 20s, I knew the kid from Clemson [Tee Higgins] was still there, I enjoyed watching him but didn’t know as much about him, and the kid from Arizona State [Brandon Aiyuk] as well. . . . So when they traded up I perked up a little bit.”

Rodgers found out the Packers’ actual pick was none of the above when his agent texted him, “quarterback.” The Packers had traded up not for a wide receiver, but for Jordan Love.

“I wasn’t elated by the pick, especially being one game away from the Super Bowl and thinking we were just a couple players away, but at the same time I understand it’s a business,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers wanted someone who could help him win another Super Bowl in Green Bay. Love is not the man to do that.

38 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: I was watching the first round thinking which receiver will be there

  1. The announcers are always bragging about how Rodgers makes his WR’s anyways. That’s his reputation. Not of a guy who needs 1st round pass catchers fo he great.

  2. The announcers are always bragging about how Rodgers makes his WR’s anyways. That’s his reputation. Not of a guy who needs 1st round pass catchers to be great.

  3. The Packers needed another HOF QB on the roster. You have to take them when you can get them.

  4. Rodgers is an elite QB of his generation, and he’s gonna have the ugliest divorce with his team since Favre. Newton’s was pretty rough too but the situation was different and more about performance on the field. Rodgers and the Packers just dont love each other anymore. As a saints fan where we worship Brees its hard to understand.

  5. The Packers have had 28 consecutive years of having a future Hall of Famer under center… I don’t know if that’s a record, but it probably is. Two titles during that span isn’t terrible, but if upper management did more they’d probably have at least two more titles.

  6. Strange to think that the fate of GB’s offense rests on drafting a ROOKIE wide-receiver…

    Perhaps having a 2nd year in the offense will… probably help a lot?
    Perhaps having your top signal caller way more familiar with the playbook now… will help a lot?
    Perhaps a head coach going into his 2nd season after a full year under his belt… will likely help a lot?

    Look at Mike McCarthy – took over Packers in 2006 and had a bottom 10 offense on the year. A year later with virtually the same roster, Packers crack into the top 10 and make it to the NFC Championship game.

    Expect the Packers to likely go from a middling offense to a top 10 offense on the mere fact alone that the vast majority of the team is going into their 2nd year in this new scheme.

  7. This is all entirely irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what any player thinks right now, considering there’s a great chance that they won’t play a full season – let alone a quarter of the season.

  8. realisticlionsfan says:
    July 28, 2020 at 3:07 pm
    the draft was 3 months ago and A Rod is still bitter about this???

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    I’m not a Rodgers fan nor do I hate him, but I don’t get these comments.

    1) Rodgers was being interviewed recently (doesn’t even air until mid-Aug) and was asked specifically about the draft. He answered. It’s not like he randomly brought it up or changed the discussion to be about it. He was asked.

    2) If you watch the part of the interview where it’s discussed, he doesn’t come off as bitter at all. Response seemed reasonable.

  9. People need to get over the idea that the Packers should’ve burned a first round pick on a receiver. The Packer magic at wide receiver happens in the second round (Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Adams).

  10. I was actually thinking ILB, WR, or DL. Even a RT or RB made sense. But QB? How about they start testing front offices for drugs?

  11. Everybody freaks out every time Rodgers says anything even though he rarely says anything meriting a freak out.

  12. No sense drafting a WR when your qb prefers throwing the ball out of bounds. Wiser move to draft a playmaking qb, then the wr’s…. for 30 million dollars Rodgers should be able to throw to anybody.

    Wentz had AAF receivers to throw too and still won one playoff game and almost another.

    Aaron needs to check his ego and play some ball.

  13. “I wasn’t elated by the pick, especially being one game away from the Super Bowl and thinking we were just a couple players away, but at the same time I understand it’s a business,” Rodgers said.
    _________

    A couple players away? Did you watch the 49er game? Either one? Joe Montana and Jerry Rice wouldn’t have helped the Packers get to the Super Bowl.

  14. I suppose Rodgers is especially irked now because COVID-19 makes it difficult for him to work with unpolished new receivers due to the lack of an offseason. In Rodgers mind, a more NFL-ready top receiver in this weird 2020 season might be a key missing player to give Pack a fast start against their NFC opponents with veteran QBs: Vikings, Lions, Saints, Falcons, and Bucs.

  15. for someone who says he’s not bothered by the pick, he sure talks about this draft an awful lot!

  16. He might be on the Las Vegas Raiders next year anyway and we are stacked with new talent all we need is a legit Gunslinger that knows how to win and Rogers surely fits that bill plus Chucky could draw up some plays in the ol sandbox that resemble Cal…Just win Baby!

  17. “Love is not the man to do that.”

    Don’t judge to harshly too early. Julian Edelman was a quarterback in college and was instrumental in more than one super-bowl run as a receiver in the NFL.

    In a COVID world…Jordan Love might well be a prime target. What cosmic irony that would be! I’d love to see Love haul in a super bowl TD and spike it in front of Arrogant Aaron.

  18. Ever since that draft Packer fans have been jumping up and down and yelling at anybody who said Rodgers was disappointed in the Packers drafting Love that they were wrong. Looks wrong yet again.

  19. In all honesty, they could have used a WR. They could also used someone at other positions too. Reaching for a QB was a puzzling pick when you consider they have a QB on the roster who still gives them a chance to win a Super Bowl.

    You might say they did the same thing when Favre was QB when they drafted Rodgers. The difference was Rodgers was a highly-rated QB who dropped all the way to the end of the first round because of injury issues. Getting him at #24 when many thought he could be picked #1 was a steal. According to one source he was expected to be drafted in the first or second round. They compared him to Blake Bortles. For Green Bay’s sake they better hope he ends up being a better pick than Bortles was. Time will tell if this pick was an utter disaster or not but why reach on a guy for the future when you have a chance to win now. It seems like they are giving up on the present and building for the future. That’s fine but it’s not often you get a Hall-of-Fame QB so you better take advantage of it while you can. I have a feeling they’ll regret this.

  20. He’s a professional on and off the field and demonstrates that fact as often as necessary.

  21. Keanu says:
    July 28, 2020 at 3:26 pm
    People need to get over the idea that the Packers should’ve burned a first round pick on a receiver. The Packer magic at wide receiver happens in the second round (Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Adams).

    @@@@@@@@@222

    What receiver did they get in the second round last draft?

  22. flviking says:
    July 29, 2020 at 5:57 am
    What receiver did they get in the second round last draft?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Who said it had to be the second round in consecutive drafts?

  23. What receiver did they get in the second round last draft?

    ++++

    They took Elgton Jenkins who played every offensive snap the last 14 games, gave up zero sacks, and showed the ability to block the second level. Good enough.

  24. Packer’s draft this year led Rodgers to drink (his own words). Rodgers is going be even more passive aggressive than ever.

  25. packerlies says:
    July 29, 2020 at 1:57 pm
    What receiver did they get in the second round last draft?

    ++++

    They took Elgton Jenkins who played every offensive snap the last 14 games, gave up zero sacks, and showed the ability to block the second level. Good enough

    @@@@@@@@@222

    I thought they took a RB.

  26. I don’t recall reading any Packer fan stating Rodgers wasn’t disappointed the Packers didn’t draft a receiver in the first round. It’s so obvious, to everyone, only a moron would think otherwise.

    What we pointed out repeatedly, however, was the professionalism and aplomb with which we expected him to handle the media barrage. When allowed to speak his own words, nobody is classier than Rodgers, stating his outright intention to assist Love in whatever manner he can.

  27. Well at least he will get to see Justin Jefferson play in person twice a year. I see Funchess is out this year with Covid fear. It doesn’t matter, Rogers can just run around and throw passes to himself as teams will double and maybe triple team Adams. They do have a renewed emphasis on the running game, so there is always that. Way to waste one of the best QBs in our generation who is still in his prime. Stupid is as stupid does.

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