The Green Bay Packers’ young wide receiver corps met with the team’s quarterbacks and a group of offensive coaches the day after Aaron Rodgers questioned their progress.
On Tuesday, the reigning MVP criticized his young receivers for “a lot of knockdowns, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route” during practice, adding, “We have to get better in that area.”
The Packers’ offense is regrouping after Rodgers’ favorite target, All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams, was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this year. The Packers have long been criticized for not recruiting wide receivers to complement Rodgers, arguably the most talented quarterback of his generation. The last time the team drafted a wide receiver in the first round was in 2002.
“He was really giving us advice,” Samori Toure, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, said after Wednesday’s meeting. “Basically letting us know that the Green Bay receiving corps has always held a very high standard. All the legends that have passed through here. It’s just about us continuing with that standard and taking a step forward.”
Toure then caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Green Bay’s No. 2 quarterback Jordan Love during a joint practice session with the New Orleans Saints.
Rodgers had not directed criticism at his senior wide receivers, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, who also attended Wednesday’s meeting.
“Both Randall and Allen have been playing with [Rodgers] For quite some time, certain things that we do, where we can have a mistake, just from experience, have also been through the same stage,” said fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs. “Just having the youngsters picked up during these dog days of camp has been a huge blessing and great advice.”
Cobb said it was irrelevant whether the young receivers liked Rodgers’ thoughts on his game.
“It doesn’t matter if they appreciate it or not,” he said. This is the way we do things here. Either you deal with it or you get out of the room and we’ll find someone else to come on board with what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Love said Rodgers’ stature as a four-time league MVP gave him the authority to deliver his thoughts without embellishment.
“I’m trying to echo the same message that he is just to get everyone on the same page,” Love said. “But yeah, I think he’s a little bit different coming from Aaron, the way he demands it. They admire Aaron a little differently. He obviously has a lot of experience and a lot more knowledge than I do. But I think we all demand the same thing. The receivers know what they need to do and everyone is on the same page with that.”
The Packers are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season. They begin their campaign against the Minnesota Vikings on September 11.