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Cheese Curds, 8/2: On Rodgers’ workload management, Adams taking Stokes to school

The Packers’ veterans are wasting no time in picking on rookies on the practice field, with one in particular getting some tough love to try to speed along his development.

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In 2018, the Green Bay Packers selected a fast, talented cornerback in the first round of the NFL Draft. In his first training camp, the elite pairing of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams picked on him a bit, attacking the youngster in the hopes of spurring him on to develop quickly.

It worked for Jaire Alexander then, so why not try it again with Eric Stokes in 2021?

There’s nothing wrong with giving a rookie a lesson early on in his first training camp — in fact, it’s surely better for those teachable moments to take place in practice against teammates than in real game action once the regular season begins. And let’s face it, for Stokes, who better can there be to learn from than Adams?

The Packers’ elite wideout may be seeing fewer throws from Rodgers during camp than usual this year, however. Rodgers is reportedly on a bit of a pitch count, as the Packers limit the reps for the 37-year-old quarterback in his 17th NFL camp. Rodgers is now entering his third season with Matt LaFleur as the head coach, so there should be no concerns with his grasp of the offensive scheme. Additionally, this plan gives more reps to the team’s other young quarterbacks, whom the team needs to continue evaluating.

Really, it’s a win-win for all involved.

Green Bay heads back out onto the practice field Monday morning for a public practice. Today’s session will be in helmets and shorts before the team puts the pads on for the first time on Tuesday.

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