Packers see “faster and stronger” Amari Rodgers this offseason

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After the Packers traded Davante Adams to the Raiders, many wondered who the team would add at wide receiver before the 2022 season.

They signed Sammy Watkins and drafted three wideouts, but they are also looking for growth from holdovers from last season’s roster. One of those players is 2021 third-round pick Amari Rodgers.

Rodgers only caught four passes for 45 yards and made his biggest contributions as a returner during his rookie season. Wide receivers coach Jason Vrable said this week that he’s seen Rodgers “taking those steps” to become a more viable offensive option.

“Biggest thing we worked on, I talked to him in the offseason, how do you get your confidence? Well, you work and train harder than you ever did,” Vrable said, via Zach Kruse of USAToday.com. “So if you were to see him right now, he already looks faster and stronger than he ever did. He’s in the best shape of his life. His mindset is, ‘I’m going to be the No. 1 guy at all three positions.’ He has that going for him. His route-running is already cleaner and crisper. He’s trained an entire offseason.”

An offseason of change in the Packers receiving corps opened the door for new players to make an impression. It sounds like Rodgers’ bid to do that got off on the right foot.

20 responses to “Packers see “faster and stronger” Amari Rodgers this offseason

  1. Change creates opportunity. This will be an interesting pre-season in the receivers room.

  2. the guy is lacking between the ears. otherwise he would have bern used last year. runing out of the endzone to the 17 when he could have just caught the ball and got to the 25 shows lack of intellegence. i see bust o matic on this one

  3. Time too trade rogers

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    We wouldn’t get a kicking tee for him right now.

  4. Amari has a long-time mentor on the team in Randall Cobb. He will have every opportunity to show what he can do in his second season. Labeling any high draft pick a bust after a rookie season is naive and really, speaks way more to the one making the claim than the player.

  5. Rodgers only caught four passes for 45 yards
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    He might double that and catch 8 passes thus season

  6. It takes time to learn how to play in the NFL. Davante Adams was barely recognizable in 2014. In 2015 he caught 50 passes but averaged a pedestrian 9.7 yards per reception and just 3.0 yards after the catch. Adams dropped 12 of the 96 passes thrown his way in 2015 (12.5%), and Pro Football Focus ranked him as the No. 118 receiver out of 119 who played at least 25% of their team’s snaps. Predictions and forecasts by professionals and amateurs alike aren’t worth the time to print them. Hike the ball and play the game, then we’ll know.

  7. We are officially in the “best shape of his life” phase of the offseason schedule.

  8. Hope so. As an OLB Clay Matthews 10 yd split at the Combine was 1.57. Rodgers’ was 1.67 as a WR I recall.

  9. Aaron Rodgers had stated after his first year with LaFleurs offense it takes some time to absorb all the intricacies of the passing game options in each play call. Amari Rodgers has the look of a sturdier Randall Cobb. I expect to see him in the slot quite a bit for 2022. I can only hope he can replicate Cobb without the nagging injuries Cobb had to deal with.

  10. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    May 22, 2022 at 10:47 am
    He’ll have to be a lot better just to make the roster this year.
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    Ummm….. have you seen the roster recently? Seriously. If you had to make the cuts down to 6 WRs right now, who are you keeping to cut Rodgers? He’s a lock just because of his draft status

  11. upthegut40 says:
    May 22, 2022 at 6:56 pm
    Still trying to convince themselves things will be ok.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Who’s convincing Vegas? The Packers are tied with the Rams at No.4 for a SuperBowl win. The Packers have the tools to light things up, and do you know why? It’s because the biggest difference among the NFCN teams and their expectations for success is Aaron Rodgers and nothing has changed, that’s why. Good luck with that.

  12. It would be great if he does contribute, Vrabel was also brutely honest when he said he didn’t play that much from scrimmage because he did not earn the snaps. Here is former Packer beat writer Bob McGinn’s season ending evaluation of Rodgers;

    As the primary
    return man, he was indecisive and without burst. Granted, the
    blocking wasn’t NFL-caliber, but Rodgers wasn’t exactly ripping up
    in there with explosion, power and bravery. His triangle numbers
    (5-9 ½, 212, 4.51) threw up red flags entering the draft. But to
    succeed at that size and speed requires abnormal desire and
    training. He struggled to separate short and offered little or no
    vertical challenge. One way to enhance his career might be to drop
    10 to 20 pounds. One year in, he’s a bust. Grade: F.

  13. Ummm….. have you seen the roster recently? Seriously
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    The WR room is an embarrassment on the Packers this year. Nobody would be above the 5th wr on every other nfl roster

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 22, 2022 at 8:47 pm
    The WR room is an embarrassment on the Packers this year. Nobody would be above the 5th wr on every other nfl roster
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Boy, if that doesn’t sound like wishful thinking, nothing does.

  15. Tony Awesome says:
    May 22, 2022 at 4:51 pm
    Aaron Rodgers had stated after his first year with LaFleurs offense it takes some time to absorb all the intricacies of the passing game options in each play call.
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    Last off-season, Amari Rodgers, biggest concern was to perform well at his pro-day, and combine. this year all that stuff is done, and can focus on other things like playbook, and become more fluid in the offense isntead of stiff, and robotic.

    As far as “the Gb WR room goes” you can’t have one of the highest paid QBs Highest paid DBs, they will not replace Adam’s production for 1 for 1 player, but the group as a whole, with good scheming can certainly make the offense better with Aaron spreading the ball around more.

  16. usmcdanang says:
    May 22, 2022 at 8:10 pm
    Here is former Packer beat writer Bob McGinn’s season ending evaluation of Rodgers;
    Zzzzzzzzzzz

    Go back and read McGinn’s assessment of Adams at the start of camp in 2016. He was saying similar things. I guess that tells us he doesn’t really know either.

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