Aaron Rodgers on his receivers: I like the guys that we got

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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.

Green Bay signed veteran Sammy Watkins and drafted Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure.

Aaron Rodgers appears less concerned about the team’s 2022 wideouts than Packers fans are.

“I like the guys that we got,” Rodgers told NFL Network on Saturday. “Obviously not having Davante, who took the lion’s share of the targets last year and had an incredible season, there’s going to be the same amount of balls and yards and touchdowns to go around. So now it’s a matter of: Who’s going to be in those situations to make those plays?”

Rodgers joked earlier this week about incumbent Allen Lazard and Adams both being future Hall of Famers. But the quarterback is counting on Lazard to step up.

Lazard set career highs with 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.

“Obviously, Allen Lazard is going to step into the No. 1 role,” Rodgers said, “and I think it’s going to be a very seamless transition for him as a primary blocker and kind of a niche guy for us, to get an opportunity to get more throws, be No. 1 in the progression more often.”

Rodgers expects Watson, a second-round selection, to return from the active/physically unable to perform list in a “few weeks,” but he already has established a rapport with Doubs.

“Romeo Doubs has had a really nice start to the camp,” Rodgers said. “He’s been getting a lot of attention based on some of the plays that he’s made. I like the approach. Very understated kid, very humble kid from kind of inner city L.A., made his way to Nevada.

“I was sitting with him at lunch the other day and really just marveling. It’s surprising how many teams passed on him. Whatever reason it was, we all feel really good about Romeo and the start he’s gotten off to.”

Rodgers also praised Watkins and Randall Cobb.

“I think those guys are a little more dangerous because they have so much more to play for,” Rodgers said.

Time will tell, but for now, Rodgers isn’t having sleepless nights worrying about who’s going to catch passes from him. Then again, what choice does he have? Adams isn’t coming back.

20 responses to “Aaron Rodgers on his receivers: I like the guys that we got

  1. “I like the guys that we got,”
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    Everyone knows Rodgers is a liar. With this latest statement there can no longer be any doubt.

  2. Rodgers is Rodgers, but this is the worst receiving group in the NFL. Gutekunst’s strategy is head scratching. You can build a defense and just not ignore the offense too, particularly when you have a 1-2 year Super Bowl window.

  3. Fans should be more worried about the OL but that doesn’t make headlines.

  4. Rodgers is in the tier of QBs that can elevate those around him. I bet one of these unknown WRs goes for 1000yds and 8tds with Rodgers under center. Dudes a multiple time MVP and SB winner. He’ll be just fine.

  5. Forcing the ball to Adams hasn’t worked in the postseason so they had to change the way they do things or the same thing is bound to happen again. Playing good defense and running the ball is how to win playoff games at Lambeau in January. I think thats going to be their philosophy this year along with maybe playing some starters on special teams.

  6. Lazard set career highs with 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.

    “Obviously, Allen Lazard is going to step into the No. 1 role,” Rodgers said
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    LOLOL. Career high 40/500 and that is the #1 WR. 😂

  7. purplebleeder says:
    July 30, 2022 at 4:01 pm
    Seriously, what else IS he going to say?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You never know. Why else do you think he has a phalanx of reporters and cameramen following everywhere he goes?

  8. If Doubs keeps progressing the way he has been, he’ll probably be the #1 by mid-season.

  9. 2020 they were 24th in pass attempts, 12th in rushing attempts, won 13 games, and had the #1 scoring offense.

    I have little doubt they can have a similar line this year.

  10. 22 teams have been to the SB since Rodgers was last there 12 years ago. Its about time to stop with the “He’s a SB winner.” as if it was relevant to anything today. The Cowboys are 5x Super Bowl winners too. Nick Foles and Joe Flacco are more recent SB winners. A bunch of retired dudes are more recent SB winners.

  11. @Hexy27 – We can just go with “He’s won the last two MVP Awards” instead, I suppose. Better?

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 30, 2022 at 5:03 pm
    Lazard set career highs with 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.

    “Obviously, Allen Lazard is going to step into the No. 1 role,” Rodgers said
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    LOLOL. Career high 40/500 and that is the #1 WR. 😂
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    LOLO. Justin Jefferson was 108/1,616. He’s a #1 receiver and your Vikings were still 8-9. 🤣

  13. Start dropping passes and I will stop liking you. Even if you think it’s from bad throws on my part, take it on the chin and blame yourselves, not me. I can do no wrong.

  14. Wafflestomp says:
    July 30, 2022 at 10:45 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    July 30, 2022 at 5:03 pm
    Lazard set career highs with 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.

    “Obviously, Allen Lazard is going to step into the No. 1 role,” Rodgers said
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    LOLOL. Career high 40/500 and that is the #1 WR. 😂
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    LOLO. Justin Jefferson was 108/1,616. He’s a #1 receiver and your Vikings were still 8-9. 🤣

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    4 of those 9 losses were on the defense – last I looked JJ doesn’t play defense. Musta forgot about that loss last year at The Bank the Cousins drive to kick a FG to beat Green Bay. You Packers fans should be a little concerned – trying to act like Adams is not a big loss. We will see how much a leader Rodgers is this year and if he can elevate his young WR corp instead of elevating his ego.

    Rodgers got a new tat – now Packers fans can argue how much better it is than any others players tat in the league 😉😅😅

  15. Viking Fan can hardly contain himself. He wants so badly to stop eating Packer crap sandwiches. First, Rodgers stays……more nothingness for the Vikings. Second, any negative production predictions of the Packer receivers is a major case of wishful thinking, and he knows it (see four-time MVP.) Third, he wishes and hopes and prays his children don’t have to deal with a seventeen-season multi-year MVP from Green Bay in the form of Jordan Love. Viking Fan father endured Favre. Viking Fan, Rodgers. Please God, no, he says. Bon Appetit’!

  16. Really doesn’t matter how good your players are when you have the refs carry your team into the playoffs and choke every single year almost!

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