Just moments after defending rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs and preaching patience for both young receivers, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed the opportunity to offer the same kind of encouragement to sophomore receiver Amari Rodgers, who no snap of scrimmage in week 1.
When asked about Amari’s role in the crime, Rodgers usually dodged the question.
“Yeah, he’s coming back for us now,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “That’s all I have on that.”
Not exactly a glowing endorsement for a young player.
Rarely does the four-time MVP pass up an opportunity to build a teammate, but here he did. And it was in stark contrast to the way he talked about Watson, a second-round rookie, and Doubs, a fourth-round rookie.
Rodgers, a third-round pick in 2021, returned points and punts for the special teams unit on Sunday, but didn’t get a moment on the attack – even though the Packers were left without top receiver Allen Lazard.
How buried is Rodgers on the depth map? Juwann Winfree, who had been taken off the practice squad, played nine snaps and caught a pass in the season opener.
Obviously, the Packers don’t see a weekly role for Rodgers in the plan, although Matt LaFleur said things could change “from game to game.”
During the preseason, Aaron Rodgers specifically called out Amari Rodgers for taking a bad route on one of Jordan Love’s interceptions in the opener against the San Francisco 49ers, so it’s possible there’s still a big trust issue at play.
After a disappointing rookie season, Rodgers lost weight in an effort to regain some explosiveness as a player. He was up and down all preseason — especially in the passing game — but won a job on the 53-man roster as a returnee.