Packers WRs called to team meeting day after Rodgers rips young receivers – The Guardian

The Green Bay Packers corps of young wide receivers met with the team’s quarterbacks and a group of offensive coaches the day after Aaron Rodgers questioned his progress.

On Tuesday, the reigning MVP criticized his young receivers for “a lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route,” during practice, adding: “we’ve got to get better in that area.”

The Packers offense is regrouping after Rodgers’ favorite target, All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this year. The Packers have long been criticized for failing to draft receivers to complement Rodgers, arguably the most talented quarterback of his generation. The last time the team selected a wide receiver in the first round was 2002.

“It really gave us some 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 been held to a super-high standard. All the legends that have lived through here. It’s just a matter of us continuing that standard and going higher.”

Toure went on to catch 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 did not direct criticism at his senior receivers, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, who also attended Wednesday’s meeting.

“And Randall and Allen played with [Rodgers] for quite a long time so certain things that we do that we can have a mistake, just because of experience they also went through that same stage,” said Romeo Doubs in the fourth round. “Just having them take the young kids while these dogs from camp was a huge blessing and great advice.”

Cobb said it was irrelevant whether the young receivers liked Rodgers’ thoughts on their game.

“It doesn’t matter if they appreciate it or not,” he said. This is how we do things around here. It’s either you deal with it or you walk out of the room and we’ll find someone else to come in with what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Love said Rodgers’ stature as a four-time league MVP gave him the authority to give his unvarnished thoughts.

“I’m trying to echo the same message that he is just to get everybody on the same page,” Love said. “But yeah, I think it’s a little bit different from Aaron, the way he calls it. They look at Aaron a little differently. Obviously he has a lot of experience and a lot more knowledge than I do. But I think we all require the same thing. The receivers know what they have to do and everyone is on the same page with it.”

The Packers are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season. They begin their campaign against the Minnesota Vikings on September 11.

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