The Green Bay Packers made wholesale changes on both sides of the football this offseason, and their most valuable employee seems impressed with the early returns.
Speaking to the media during this week’s organized team activities (OTAs), quarterback Aaron Rodgers praised the sudden abundance of experience at tight end as well as the duo of rookie cornerbacks the Packers drafted in April.
With Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis coming in alongside the returning Lance Kendricks, Green Bay has more experience at tight end than at any time during the Rodgers era. While the team got burned by Martellus Bennett last year, Graham has been nothing but the consummate professional in his career. Rodgers also singled out the size of the new players, adding that they’re bigger than who Green Bay has brought in previously.
The two-time MVP also was pleased with rookie cornerbacks Jaime Alexander and Josh Jackson, even noting that corner went from a position of need to one of ‘strength.’
When you throw in Rodgers also mentioning he liked how the rookies played with a ‘swagger’ you read between the lines and figure the quarterback is pretty happy with the Packers’ top two draft picks.
There’s more on Rodgers’ thoughts from OTAs plus Mike McCarthy weighs in on charity softball after Clay Matthews’ scary injury in today’s cheese curds.
Rodgers is picking on the rookies early and often, but Alexander and Jackson have shown early promise.
Graham might be the perfect mouthwash to rinse the bad taste of Bennett out of Rodgers and the Packers’ mouths.
The Green Bay head coach won’t call for a halt to the annual softball game, which likely would have been a major overreaction.
“Mindset over scheme” and “KILL (Keep it Likeable and Learnable)” is music to the defense’s ears and should excite Packers fans. 21st century defense has finally arrived at 1265 Lombardi.
In light of the Matthews’ injury, I’m guessing he’d rather be covered in dye than have a broken nose.