Brian Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers will be heavily involved in developing receivers

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The week of last year’s draft, reports emerged that Aaron Rodgers was unhappy with the Packers front office — setting off a saga that seemingly ended when Rodgers signed a contract extension in March.

The relationship between Rodgers and General Manager Brian Gutekunst has apparently been smoothed over, which is particularly important as Green Bay moves forward with a remade receiving corps.

Rodgers is not attending the Packers’ voluntary offseason program. But Gutekunst said he’s had plenty of conversations with the two-time defending MVP.

“I’m in pretty constant communication with Aaron,” Gutekunst said. “This is his downtime, and I know he enjoys that. But yeah, again, the specifics with what we talk about, I won’t get into. But it’s obviously carried over from what we’ve been doing for the last year and a half or so. ”

The Packers have Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard back as established receivers, with the club also signing Sammy Watkins this month. Amari Rodgers is back for a second season as well. But with Davante Adams now in Las Vegas, the Packers are a clear candidate to draft (at least) a receiver in the first round of this year’s draft.

Whatever influence Aaron Rodgers may have over the draft process is unclear. But Gutekunst said the quarterback will be important in getting everyone going in the right direction.

“Aaron’s going to be heavily involved in the development of not only players who are in our building right now, but certainly whoever we bring in,” Gutekunst said.

The Packers have the No. 22 and No. 28 picks in the first round along with the No. 53 and No. 59 picks in the second round.

51 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers will be heavily involved in developing receivers

  1. Just don’t drop the ball if it comes your way in practice or that’s the last time you will ever get a look from Aaron when on the Packers.

  2. Awesome – I love this communication line between front office and QB in Green Bay. Go Pack Go.

  3. I believe folks are underestimating the value of Allen Lazard. The kid has great length and runs good routes. Put the ball near him and he catches it,… good hands. His numbers suffered from the Rodgers Adams show.
    I like what Lazard brings,… another receiver that should get more targets is TE Bobby Tonyan. I’m curious to see if Watkins can gain Rodgers trust. Aaron throws to receivers he trusts.

  4. LOL. I’m sure he wanted to be a mentor in his prime years just to watch GB trade them out of town.

  5. Aaron is a free thinker and stand up American, no one knows how to build relationships with their WRs better.

    I’m not a Packer fan, but after last season and how he handled the lies about divoC and xxaV I have an enormous amount of respect for him.

  6. Great QBs elevate their receivers. Time for Rodgers to prove that he is a great QB.

  7. I believe folks are underestimating the value of Allen Lazard.
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    Will Rodgers ever trust him after he whiffed on what should have been the game winner in that Title game?

  8. Even though he has no plans to come in for offseason workouts, he will be ‘heavily involved’. Got it. Looks like another first round playoff exit is ahead.

  9. Rodgers is an arrogant, self-centered, privileged liar. I don’t care if he was vaccinated or not, but why lie about it unless you know it was wrong? When he was challenged about his intentional deceptions, he became indignant. When a team is looking for a leader the first character trait you look for is not “liar.” I lost all respect for this guy. The Packers are on thin ice too, after putting all their eggs in his basket. Nothing less than winning a SuperBowl is the expectation. Put up, or shut up.

  10. Aaron Rodgers will be heavily involved in developing receivers….when he can spate theme to show up

  11. Aaron Rodgers will be heavily involved in saying which players to draft in between his golf games

  12. Without showing up for voluntary workouts because well.. Those are voluntary and he volunteers not to.. Ahem.. work (out).

  13. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    April 26, 2022 at 12:34 pm
    Great QBs elevate their receivers. Time for Rodgers to prove that he is a great QB.

    ———-

    You just answered the question: “why do Jets receivers always stink?”

  14. Nice to know assistant GM Brian Gutekunst talked with Packers owner Aaron Rodgers about how the receiver room should look. This followed a session where Gutekunst got Rodgers his slippers, pipe and a cup of tea.

  15. Aaron Rodgers will be heavily involved in developing receivers….when he can spare the time to show up

  16. Not really giving Rodgers much of a choice. Develop new WR’s or lots of “check downs” to the RB’s.
    Quick reminder…Davante Adams only had 4 TD’s & less than 1,000 yards in his first two (2) seasons.
    Seriously….Do you really believe Rodgers is going to spend the time to hel develop rookie WR’s???

  17. Great QBs elevate their receivers. Time for Rodgers to prove that he is a great QB.
    —–
    What’s he been doing? Nelson, Cobb, Adams,etc. None of them were names before Rodgers.

  18. If Rodgers was involved with the signing of Sammy maybe you should reconsider his involvement. If he wasn’t yikes! Perhaps a change of career Gutekunst?

  19. Pretty sure that Aaron Rodgers will do what Aaron Rodgers wants to do. He is in the twilight of his career.
    Pretty sure developing young WR’s is not part of his plan.

  20. Great QBs elevate their receivers. Time for Rodgers to prove that he is a great QB.
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    I don’t see much difference between Greg Jennings, James Jones, Randall Cobb…. in comparison to, Troy Brown, Deion Branch, Welker, PEDleman..

  21. Aaron Rodgers developing players? That consists of Aaron telling the new guys “hey look I always run out of the pocket no matter what, so don’t bother running your assigned route. Just streak down the sideline, and then turn around, and run straight back towards me, because by then I’m running for my life, and then break that off, and run all over the place I’ll find you”….. That’s the Aaron Rodgers school for receivers

  22. It’s so cringe worthy watching all the people that have to fawn over Aaron Rodgers to keep him happy. He’s got the emotional maturity of a spoiled 7 year old girl.

  23. Translation…If our receivers fail its Rodger’s fault. PS. don’t pay attention to our O line…

  24. religionisforidiots says:
    April 26, 2022 at 12:22 pm
    Imagine not having Stefon Diggs as one of your receivers

    **********

    I have. He’s been on 2 teams for several years and has zero rings to show for it.

    It’s more likely you’ll win a SB if he isn’t on your team as he’s never done it.

  25. Brian Gutekunst was misquoted. What he actually said was “Aaron Rodgers will be heavily involved with BLAMING receivers”. Aaron’s always throwing someone under the bus.

  26. Good, it’s always a smart idea to keep the team owner, Rodgers, involved in these kinds of things

  27. Quick reminder…Davante Adams only had 4 TD’s & less than 1,000 yards in his first two (2) seasons.
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    Beacuse he stunk. Most of us thought he wouldn’t make it out of camp his 3rd year.

  28. harryhodag says:
    April 26, 2022 at 12:49 pm
    Nice to know assistant GM Brian Gutekunst talked with Packers owner Aaron Rodgers about how the receiver room should look. This followed a session where Gutekunst got Rodgers his slippers, pipe and a cup of tea.
    ***
    Rogers is not the owner of the Packers–it’s Player/GM. He’s the owner of the Bears.

  29. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    Will Rodgers ever trust him after he whiffed on what should have been the game winner in that Title game?
    ———————–
    Are you referring to the NFC playoff game in 2021 ? GB beat the Rams.
    But Rodgers missed a wide open Lazard that could have continued the game against SF this past January. Once again,.. you have it all wrong.

  30. Are you referring to the NFC playoff game in 2021 ? GB beat the Rams.
    But Rodgers missed a wide open Lazard that could have continued the game against SF this past January. Once again,.. you have it all wrong.
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    I mean, not that anyone WANTS to remember, but you clearly need a refresher.

    2:22, 4th Q – 1st-&-goal at the 8 yard line……………

  31. I’m mildly curious about Amari Rodgers, last year’s 3rd round pick. Is he actually in the receiver mix or what?

  32. Rodgers just needs to worry about his own play. In his last play last year he had one receiver wide open in the middle of the field. Another receiver had a step on his man deep. And Rodgers threw to his double-covered pal. That play lost the game and season as surely as the blocked FG and blocked punt.

  33. People never have a shortage of A-Rog hate. I get it, I thought his behavior around his vaccine status last year was outrageous. First of all, when you’re a team leader, the “CEO” on the field, just do the right thing and get the shot. Second, if you don’t get the shot, be a stand up dude and say so. Then, when caught in your lie, to play the I know better card and quote clueless morons like Joe Rogan….even as a Packer fan, that was despicable. I’m more concerned about his ongoing underwhelming playoff performances. The SF loss last year was at least as much his fault as the special teams fiasco. Nonetheless, he has NO CHOICE this year but to work with the rookies. Above all, the man is selfish about his stats and about winning, so he’s gonna need to make it work with a couple rookies, pouting will get him more time with aging “injuries waiting to happen” like Cobb and Watkins. Amari Rodgers is in the mix, but considering he showed nothing last year, his performance will have to take a mighty jump to make a difference

  34. calculon7x says:
    April 26, 2022 at 2:15 pm
    I’m mildly curious about Amari Rodgers, last year’s 3rd round pick. Is he actually in the receiver mix or what?

    He’s slow, undersized, and had a terrible catch rate in college. I wouldn’t expect much.

  35. Whats weird is the thing is, everyone says the Packers never draft a WR in the first round… They never say the Packers haven’t drafted talented receivers. Rodgers has always been heavily involved in developing the receivers.

  36. Gutt IMO is a terrible liar. 1. Rodgers instead of being in CA playing golf in the sun, is at the bucks games and in GB so my take he is there to be part of the draft and decide which receivers he prefers. 2. Gutt said Rodgers was taking it easy this time of the year and not around and we know that aint true and Gutt is trying to draft another veteran. to me that means Rodgers doesnt want to develop any receivers but wants experienced guys so he doesnt toss picks and look stupid.
    Look Rodgers wont pass the ball to guys in practice that run the wrong routes or drop a pass or two. Its his ego saying, I cant trust you to do the right thing so your out.

  37. calculon7x says:
    April 26, 2022 at 2:15 pm
    I’m mildly curious about Amari Rodgers, last year’s 3rd round pick. Is he actually in the receiver mix or what?

    He’s slow, undersized, and had a terrible catch rate in college. I wouldn’t expect much.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    My take for what its worth is, Amari isnt too bright and couldnt learn the go routes and how to play slant plays so they put him running back kick offs and he screwed that up too. I think he is just too dumb to get it. They apparently didnt look at his Wonderlich scores or Cobb would be gone and he would be taking over.

  38. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    2:22, 4th Q – 1st-&-goal at the 8 yard line…
    …………………..

    Once again,.. you have it all wrong. That’s a January 2021 game.
    You must be from Minnesota,.. where the trophy case is EMPTY.

  39. Rodgers can win with anyone at WR. The Raiders are going to be shocked when they discover DeVante Adams isn’t the WR they thought they were getting, when they gave away the entire house to get him. And Rodgers will have another MVP season without him. It’s one thing when an ordinary fan learns these lessons the hard way, but teams like the Raiders should be employing folks that already know. Oops!

  40. Aaron Rodgers to be involved in the progress of his receiving corps? *gasp* …He’s a QB in the NFL. It’d be a story if he DIDN’T help receivers develop.

  41. Couldn’t have been more clear I was talking about the Tampa loss, Tony.

    Well, I guess I could have spelled it out for you….

  42. Rodgers will be involved in developing them…at practice.

    On the game field, he’ll be conspicuously ignoring them, and by the time they’ve developed to the point where he would trust them, he’ll be gone.

  43. This WR group is clearly the worst in the NFL is there even a # 2 wr in the group nope we have
    maybe 4 #3’s the rest are USFL talent and yes that includes the washed up Watkins .

  44. The Raiders are going to be shocked when they discover DeVante Adams isn’t the WR they thought they were getting
    ==========

    This isn’t mid-30s Donald Driver moving on, or post-knee injury Jordy Nelson.

    His college qb will be throwing passes to him. The Raiders should get 3 years of top-level production out of Adams. This fan would be shocked if that doesn’t happen.

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