Green Bay Packers’ younger WRs meet with QBs after Aaron Rodgers’ rant

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rip them at some point, meet with them the subsequent. These had been the final two days within the lifetime of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ quest to get a younger group of receivers prepared for the fast-approaching begin of the common season.

A day after Rodgers expressed his frustration with the group, they had been instructed to report back to the quarterback assembly room at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday. After they arrived, they discovered all three quarterbacks plus the important thing members of the offensive teaching workers who work immediately on the passing recreation within the room.

Rodgers didn’t name the assembly, however he spoke extensively throughout it, in keeping with a number of individuals.

“It was just really giving us advice,” rookie receiver Samori Toure mentioned. “Basically, letting us know that the Green Bay receiving corps has always been held to a super-high standard. All the legends who have been through here. It’s just about us carrying on that standard and stepping up.”

Toure, a seventh-round decide, proceeded to have maybe his finest follow of camp, not solely catching a 50-yard landing cross from Jordan Love in a two-minute drill but additionally snagging the drill-winning 2-point conversion to wrap up two days of joint practices with the New Orleans Saints.

“Aaron spoke to us about what he likes or what not just based on concepts or what he sees,” mentioned rookie receiver Romeo Doubs, who additionally had a landing catch on Wednesday.

Tuesday marked the primary time Rodgers spoke critically in public of the group attempting to assist substitute All-Professional Davante Adams, who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in March.

Rodgers known as for extra consistency and bemoaned “a lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route” and saying, “We’ve got to get better in that area.”

“He just wants us to see what he sees,” mentioned Doubs, a fourth-round decide. “So then that way we can be able to react faster, play faster and just be able to dominate and continue to be who we are.”

Veteran receivers Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard additionally spoke in the course of the assembly.

“Both Randall and Allen have been playing with 12 for quite a long time so certain things that we do, that we may have a mistake on, just from experience they’ve went through that same stage as well,” Doubs mentioned. “Just them picking up the young guys throughout these dog days of camp has been a tremendous blessing and great piece of advice.”

When requested whether or not gamers recognize Rodgers’ strategy, Cobb mentioned: “It doesn’t matter if they appreciate it or not. This is the way that we do things here. It’s either you deal with it or you get out of the room and we’ll find somebody else that’s going to get onboard with what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Rodgers was not solely upset with errors in follow however he additionally reiterated that the three interceptions Love threw in final week’s preseason opener in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers had been largely the results of errors by the pass-catchers: a dropped ball by tight finish Tyler Davis, a weak route and catch by Doubs and a incorrect route by second-year receiver Amari Rodgers.

This wasn’t the primary time Rodgers and the receivers have shared assembly house. Early in camp, Rodgers got here into the receiver room to assist clarify an idea.

“I’m trying to echo the same message he is just to get everybody on the same page,” Love mentioned. “But yeah, I think it’s a little different coming from Aaron, the way he demands it. They look up to Aaron a little bit different. Obviously he’s got a lot of experience and a lot more knowledge than me. But I think we all demand the same thing. The receivers know what they need to do and everybody is on the same page with it.”