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Packers fans express frustration over unenthusiastic training camp previews, believing that new broadband receivers in Green Bay will not hold the team back.
Mike Tanier, a senior analyst at Football Outsiders, released a preview of the NFC North training camp today, and his ho-hum analysis of the Green Bay Packers wide receiver situation made fans feel frustrated.
Tanier immediately begins his Packers analysis by taking a shot at quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ “patience / social skills / human decency” for not yet publicly giving any praise to the team’s new receiving corps.
“Unless someone shows up right away like the next Davante Adams, Packers fans can look forward to a long summer of free stars and passive-aggressive negging,” Tanier wrote in his review. “Business as usual, in other words, except that Rodgers will be unhappy with his young teammates instead of complementing the organization.”
Analysis of Green Bay’s wide receiving spaces leaves Packers fans frustrated
Whether Rodgers even talks about the case in the low season is irrelevant and would not even be irregular by his standards. After all, it took Rodgers some time to say something about Davante Adams’ departure, and both Rodgers and Adams have made it abundantly clear that respect and admiration remain mutual. If Rodgers did not praise one of his best receivers immediately after leaving, it is no surprise that he has been a mother on recent acquisitions.
The only obvious reality when discussing Packers widouts is that it is a new group. Davante Adams is gone and whether it will affect Rodger’s success or not will remain a mystery until the season kicks off. To remedy the gap Adams has left in his wake, Packers drafted Christian Watson with the overall number 34 in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Tanier described Watson as a “trait guy who didn’t get many passes in college, but everyone sounds confident he will succeed anyway.”
Tanier’s entire overview of NFC North seemed to be made a bit of a joke. It is widely acknowledged that 2022 will be a declining year for the division, with the Detroit Lions in the midst of perpetual reconstruction, the Chicago Bears under brand new leadership, the Minnesota Vikings deploying a new offensive plan, and the Packers moving on from their biggest scoring threat in the Adams . But to suggest that Packers fans have something to be legitimately worried about heading into the season is a bit exaggerated.
Rodgers is still by far the best quarterback in the division, and even though they used yet another draft that focused almost exclusively on investing in defense, the Packers are still big favorites to win the division.
No matter who is posted to catch passes for the next 17 games in 2022, Aaron Rodgers will make it work. After all, he has won back-to-back league MVPs. Whatever he says or fails to say about his wide receiver before training camp does not change that.