Aaron Rodgers: The rookie receivers definitely look the part

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The Packers traded Davante Adams to the Raiders and lost Marquez Valdes-Scantling to the Chiefs in free agency. Adams and Valdes-Scantling combined for 149 receptions for 1,983 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2021.

The Packers signed veteran Sammy Watkins and drafted Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure. The rookies are expected to play a big part in replacing Adams and Valdes-Scantling.

“Physically, they definitely look the part. All three of them,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, via Zach Kruse of USA Today. “All of them have physical gifts.”

Watson (6-4, 208) and Doubs (6-2, 204) obviously are “bigger” than Toure, a seventh-round choice, as Rodgers noted, but the defending league MVP said the 6-1, 191-pound wideout “got a lot of stuff to him.”

Rodgers hasn’t had much time with the rookies yet after skipping the voluntary offseason work. He participated only in the mandatory minicamp.

But Joe Barry’s defense will test the Packers’ passing game in training camp, preparing the young wideouts for what they should expect when the season starts.

“It’s going to be great. There’s no better teacher for them than going up against our top three corners,” Rodgers said, “so those guys will get a real quick initiation into the NFL.”

Rodgers predicted it could be “a long training camp for the offense,” but knows that will only make the offense better prepared.

He didn’t use the R word — r-e-l-a-x — as he once made famous, but that’s essentially what Rodgers wants Packers fans to do in August as the rookies get a crash course.

“Let’s, everybody, take a nice, deep, long breath,” Rodgers said. “Trust the training camp time we have. Trust the coaching staff. Trust the relationships. Trust the guys in the room, like Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins to help these guys out.”

17 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: The rookie receivers definitely look the part

  1. The rookie receivers definitely look the part of the NFL’s worst WR group

  2. shizbang says:
    July 6, 2022 at 6:48 pm
    #5 MVP 3rd season going

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    Along with his annual early exit from the postseason

  3. Last year I saw a rookie receiver with an outstanding QB go to the Superbowl and almost win it. So, Aaron isn’t wrong. Pretty sure that rookie put up larger numbers than anyone.

  4. NFCN beware!

    “………………….

    Of what? 3 rookie wide receivers, a couple of over the hill receivers and a couple of cornerbacks in the WR room.

  5. Along with his annual early exit from the postseason
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    He got farther in the post season than your team.

  6. Rodgers must take the Packers to a win in the SuperBowl and if he can’t, leave. That’s what he is getting paid for. That’s the price of admission for an unscrupulous, self-centered, privileged liar. Win, or take a walk.

  7. I’m surprised they had time to talk football, with all the attention paid to his recent snazzy new-age tattoo.

  8. All those rookie receivers and they’ll still finish ahead of our Vikings.

  9. The R word for the WR’s is rebuild this group is worthy of an expansion team roster old has beens a few never weres and some green rookies .

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