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After expressing criticism of the performance of the young Green Bay Packers receivers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke highly of them in a team meeting.
There’s going to be a ton of young wide receivers in the Green Bay Packers offense in 2022, due in part to the offseason exits of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. While some names have shined in training camp, quarterback Aaron Rodgers criticized the young wideouts this past Tuesday for a variety of reasons, including consistency, drops and routes.
After Rodgers’ comments went viral, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky wrote that the quarterback spoke “at length” to the young receivers during a meeting called Wednesday morning.
Aaron Rodgers talks to young Packers receivers day after criticizing them
“Aaron talked to us about what he likes or what’s not just based on concepts or what he sees,” Romeo Doubs said, h/t Demovsky.
“He just wants us to see what he sees. So that way we can be able to react faster, play faster and just be able to dominate and continue to be who we are.”
The meeting was not called by Rodgers, according to Demovsky. Also in the meeting were all the quarterbacks, the coaches involved in the passing game and Randall Cobb and Lazard. The two veteran wide receivers also spoke.
Doubs is one of three receivers the Packers selected in this past year’s NFL Draft. He shined early in training camp and received praise from Rodgers. Still, in the aforementioned Tuesday practice against the New Orleans Saints, he had a drop on what Rodgers called “best throw of the day.”
Other new faces on the roster include second-round pick from North Dakota State Christian Watson and seventh-rounder Samori Toure from Nebraska. They will join veteran pass catchers on the depth chart in Cobb and Lazard, in addition to free agent signing Sammy Watkins.
The Packers have Super Bowl aspirations, even though Adams is no longer Rodgers’ primary target in the passing game. They certainly have the chance to do that as their defense has improved this offseason and the NFC provides a much easier path to Super Bowl 57 than the AFC. Still, Rodgers is letting the young receivers know that mistakes will not be tolerated, even in training camp.