Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers keeps his wide receivers to a very high standard and is vocal about the level he expects them to be. After telling the young recipientsalong with some other critiques, Rodgers met them directly.
A day after Rodgers made his feelings about the receiver class clear, the wideouts were asked to meet in the quarterback meeting room at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Rodgers didn’t call the meeting, but you can guess he had a few things to say during the meeting.
The team’s quarterbacks, Rodgers, Jordan Love and Danny Etling, were all in attendance, along with some members of the offensive coaching staff. The players seem to take the criticism well.
“It just gave us real advice,” rookie Samori Toure said in the seventh round (via ESPN). “Basically, letting us know that the Green Bay receiving corps has always been held to a super high standard. All the legends that have lived here. It’s about continuing and elevating that standard.”
Fellow rookie Romeo Doubs, himself a fourth round roster, also spoke about the encounter, explaining what Rodgers wanted to convey.
“Aaron talked to us about what he likes or what isn’t just based on concepts or what he sees,” Doubs said. “He just wants us to see what he sees. That way we can react faster, play faster and just dominate and stay who we are.”
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Experienced slot machine Randall Cobb admitted it doesn’t matter whether the young wideouts like Rodgers’ style or not. This is how the Packers have been doing things for a long time, Cobb said, and if they don’t produce as they should, the team will look elsewhere. After all, with Green Bay losing Davante Adams in a trade to the Las Vegas Raiders, the next group of players will have to step up if it is to make a deep playoff run.
“a lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, driving the wrong route”, from the young guys. Rodgers said whoever shows he can excel will get the reruns when the season starts.
The team’s regular season opener is on September 11 against the Minnesota Vikings.