Packers pushed to cut WR Amari Rodgers amid offensive turmoil

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Josh Thomas #36 of the Buffalo Bills tackles Amari Rodgers #8 of the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Highmark Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

Predictably, the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver room is grappling with repeated errors and the team leaders’ patience is waning.

At some point the packers will have to cut corners and maybe send a message or two as well. The latter initiative could take various forms, one of which could be moving away from a talented player who has nonetheless struggled to pull it all together.

Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report On Wednesday, August 17, suggested the player is sophomore wideout and special teamer Amari Rodgers.

It’s never a good sign when a top 100 pick in a distressed position can’t come onto the field as a rookie.

Amari Rodgers should provide depth and occasional impact play on manufactured touches for the Green Bay Packers. … Instead of specifically bringing Rodgers in, head coach Matt LaFleur kept him on the bench.

Rodgers only caught four passes for 45 yards on eight goals and ran the ball once for 11 yards [last season]. He had his greatest influence on punt and kick returns. But fielding an all-returner is hard for Super Bowl contenders to justify.

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Rodgers meets with WRs after speaking out about repeated fights

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GettyQuarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers reacts during the third quarter of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The measure seems like going too far, but the wide receiver group is probably the biggest roster issue for the Packers heading into the regular season. The resulting stress is beginning to show in the words and actions of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

After a joint practice with the Saints of New Orleans On Tuesday, Rodgers was extremely critical of his young group of wideouts for the first time since training camp began late last month.

“Unfortunately, they are some of the same guys. Repeat failures are a problem, so we just need to clean them up a bit,” Rodgers said. “The young people, especially the young receivers, we have to be much more consistent. A lot of crashes, a lot of wrong route decisions, drove the wrong route, so we need to get better in that area.”

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported a day later that Aaron Rodgers, the rest of the QB room and senior members of the team’s offensive coaching staff had called a meeting with the receivers to clear the air and try to get on the same page.

“It just really gave us advice,” Pick in the seventh round Samori Toure said. “Basically let us know that the Green Bay Reception Corps has always been maintained to a super high standard. All the legends that have come through here – it’s just that we continue that standard and improve.”

Fellow rookie Romeo Doubs, who has excelled at camp and looks like he could line up for the Packers in Week 1, also discussed the meeting.

“Aaron talked to us about what he likes and what’s not just based on concepts or what he sees,” Doubs said. “He just wants us to see what he sees. So that way we can react faster, play faster and just dominate and stay who we are.”


Packers have several potential starters at WR, but few with top-end talent

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GettyGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the second quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field January 9, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.

If the season started today, veteran Allen Lazard would probably start at No. 1 wide receiver. Though Lazard has had a career year with eight touchdown receptions, he’s been a third option for most of his time in the NFL, which doesn’t bode well for Green Bay’s passing game.

The other two starting spots appear to be winning, with Dobbs, Sammy Watkins and Randall Cobb likely having the best chances of making their way into the lineup. Second-round pick Christian Watson is also likely to make a strong case, although an injury sidelined him for much of preseason and hurt his chances of an early start.

In addition to Toure and Amari Rodgers, Juwann Winfree and Travis Fulgham will also be fighting for squad spots.

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