Aaron Rodgers has never been one to mince words when it comes to criticizing his receiving corps. This summer, he has been notably quiet, however, instead offering up far more praise than frustration.
At least that was the case until Tuesday afternoon, however. After the first joint practice between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, Rodgers lit into the young wideouts in green and gold for a rough performance both physically and mentally.
On the other hand, Rodgers had plenty of praise for a veteran, the recently-acquired Sammy Watkins. After Watkins made a few great catches during practice, Rodgers went out of his way to note that it was the receiver’s best day of work so far in camp while listing Allen Lazard, Cobb, and Watkins as far and away the team’s three top receivers.
Time will tell if the rookies and younger wideouts develop to Rodgers’ satisfaction, but for now, he’s not there yet in terms of fully trusting them to be where they need to be and make the catches they need to make. That may make their path to playing time a bit more difficult when the regular season comes along.
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