Aaron Rodgers: “Really realistic” for Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon to have 50 catches each

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on Tuesday that the team’s young wide receivers need to be more consistent route runners and pass catchers to make an impact this season, but it doesn’t sound like he’s worried about not having enough places to go with the ball this season.

When Rodgers wasn’t talking about the receivers on Tuesday, he was talking about how useful running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon can be in the passing game. Rodgers said it is “really realistic” for both players to catch 50 passes this season and he pointed to sets using both players at the same time as a way to maximize their productivity.

“You’ve seen today, we had them in multiple packages where they’re both in the backfield,” Rodgers said, via Zach Kruse of USAToday.com. “We have a lot of stuff out of that. We have runs to both of them. We have swing passes to them. We have screens. We have down-the-field stuff. We have action stuff. We have scat protection. We have six-man, seven-man protection stuff. There’s a lot in the offense for those two guys. We’ve got to get out best 11 on the field, and it seems like those two are in our best 11.”

Jones has at least 47 catches in each of the last three seasons and he caught 52 passes last year. Dillon didn’t play much as a rookie before catching 34 passes last season and it sounds like that may be the floor for the 2022 season.

16 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: “Really realistic” for Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon to have 50 catches each

  1. There’s a reason he only has one ring and this is why. This isn’t “tough” leadership. This is passive aggressive BS. It’s the same stuff LeBron does and it’s not leadership.

  2. He’s just being honest here and also when he called out the young WRs. If he didn’t say this, all the Rodgers haters would be saying he’s doing his typical, passive/aggressive behavior. His honest constructive criticism is the opposite of passive/aggressive. Maybe it’s the ayahuasca.

  3. heeseisfattening says:
    August 17, 2022 at 10:52 am
    That is 2 days in a row with Rodgers throwing his WRs under the busg


    Actually he said it in the same interview yesterday so nice try. Why does everyone thinks this is such a bad thing that he is telling young rookies that consistency and attention to detail are an important factor in the NFL.

  4. That is 2 days in a row with Rodgers throwing his WRs under the busg

    I don’t see a single thing said about the WRs in that quote..

  5. If they don’t play both of them in a bunch of offensive schemes it will be a misuse of them. What team has the combined skills of running and catching the ball of those two? MLF, use them! Put them both in with Tonyan and 2 reasonable wr’s and watch them roll. May take some games to get them rolling but when they do .. watch out.

  6. This isn’t the time of year when players and coaches give away their strategy to the rest of the league, so let it go in one ear and out the other. However, it makes sense to throw to RB’s who have the ability to do something after the catch. Instead of handing the ball to a runner and hoping he can make it through 11 guys, throw him the ball in open space and see if he can get through one or 2 small DB’s. I see what Deebo Samuel can do in open space. I also see a lot of WR’s catch the ball and look for a place to fall down. I don’t think Rodgers was throwing receivers under the bus, yesterday. If anything, it was the coaches who were being called out for not preparing the young WR’s. Rodgers might not have the same filter in his brain that most players have, so he might just be saying whatever pops into his head at the time. Who knows? And really, who cares? Games aren’t decided with words.

  7. Rodgers didn’t throw anyone under the bus. People literally make stuff up on these comment strings. Because he wants to challenge guys to perform, I’d call that leadership and accountability. I’ve seen this script before where people believe the Packers don’t have enough offensive star power. We have a top 2-3 in the league RB tandem. Lazard is a solid starter. Watkins also still has starter skills. Cobb is a proven slot guy, though admittedly Cobb and Watkins both have health issues. If the rookies contribute at all, Rodgers will be just fine. Honestly, he’s done well with less before.

  8. Ah, the “Viking Days of Summer,” when all the past decades of futility can briefly be forgotten, the Packers can be mocked because they’re not ahead in the standings, and the “this time for sure” mantra is dusted off yet again!

  9. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 17, 2022 at 10:52 am
    That is 2 days in a row with Rodgers throwing his WRs under the busg

    I don’t know what you’re reading but think he’s asking them to ride in front with him, the AC on, and a cold drink in their hands.

  10. I’ve always respected Jones — he’s a versatile RB. I can see him with 50 catches. Dillon, not so much — unless Jones gets hurt and the WRs really stink.

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