Aaron Rodgers expressed frustration earlier this week when he said that the Green Bay Packers' young receivers must be more consistent regarding drops and route running. While some thought Rodgers' words might be harsh, long-time teammate Randall Cobb had his gunslinger's back on Thursday.
When asked if the young WRs should "appreciate" any tough love from Rodgers, Cobb said, "it doesn't matter if they appreciate it or not." He made it clear that "it's the way [the Packers] do things here" and if anyone doesn't agree, they can leave.
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With how the Packers are always expected to be Super Bowl contenders, you can't fault Rodgers and Cobb's mindset. It's never easy playing in one of the NFL's markets and, as Rodgers said (via ESPN) on Tuesday, only the players that Green Bay's coaching staff trusts the most will make the 53-man roster.
"You keep dropping the ball, you're not going to be out there. It's going to be the most reliable guys that are out there."- Aaron Rodgers
Rookie WR Samori Toure, a seventh-round pick, didn't take Rodgers' words personally. In fact, he called it "productive," saying that the frustration is about being "held to a super-high standard" that comes with wearing a Packers jersey.
At the end of the day, the Packers need rookies like Toure, Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson to help replace the departed Davante Adams' production. The superstar WR averaged 1,308 yards and 11.3 touchdowns over his last four seasons in Green Bay, so it's understandable why Rodgers strives to get the best out of his WR room, regardless of any ruffled feathers.
Green Bay's preseason tilt against the New Orleans Saints on Friday gives the Packers' young wideouts a chance to show that they've learned from Rodgers' message. Only time will tell if it results in a victory.
Saints vs Packers Odds (Aug. 19)
Things look more promising for the Packers this week following their loss to the San Francisco 49ers. FanDuel Sportsbook currently has Green Bay as 3-point home favorites over the Saints with -110 odds to cover the spread.
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