Draft and develop? The case for Amari Rodgers

Amari Rodgers struggled in year one. But there's still hope for the former Clemson standout.

It's easy for me to sit down and write about how the Green Bay Packers need to find some sort of production replacement for Davante Adams, the star wide receiver who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this offseason.

But we all know that.

There's still plenty of time before the Packers open up their season in September, which means that the wide receiver room will likely look much different than it does at this current point in time. Rumors are swirling about potential trades, free agent signings and draft pickups that will surely bolster the talent at that position group.

General manager Brian Gutekunst and the front office in Green Bay will also count on some in-house development and growth from a couple players already on the team. The one that's most curious to me? Amari Rodgers.

The 85th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Rodgers struggled at times in his rookie year. The majority of his woes came at the punt returner position, which definitely caused some Packers fans to give up on him pretty early. At times, I was harsh on him a bit too last year. I included him on my 'sell' list during the weekly Packers stock report article more than once.

But I don't think we should give up hope on the guy.

It's easy to forget how excited we all were when the Packers drafted him a year ago. When he was first drafted, he garnered comparisons to Randall Cobb, who was an incredibly explosive player during his first few seasons in the green and yellow.

At Clemson, Rodgers was shifty and tough to tackle. As a senior in college, he caught 77 passes for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns. Typically aiming to go after taller, more physical receivers, there was a reason why Packers brass broke their own rules on drafting wide receivers to go and get him.

After a dismal year one, we're all hoping to see the third-round pick from 2021 show why the team made the move to pick him.

Many Packers fans were calling for Davante Adams to see the field less after a slow start in his first season. (Drop-Vante was a nickname used). Obviously, I'm not going to say Rodgers is the next Adams. But I will use that case to say that maybe we should cut the guy a little slack before giving up hope on him.

Is this another classic Packers draft and develop case?

Only time will tell.

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Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.

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Ya_tittle's picture

April 06, 2022 at 12:02 pm

I'm not optimistic.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:15 pm

Why not? I'm sure you could get there if you tried. No reason not to.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 06, 2022 at 03:20 pm

As long as he is a Packer, I will root for him to find his way to becoming an impact player for this team.

odds... that's another story...

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MainePackFan's picture

April 06, 2022 at 07:24 pm

Awesome JB. Now if we could get you to have that same "As long as he is a Packer, I will root for him" attitude toward Aaron Rodgers, we have something to work with ;)

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Johnblood27's picture

April 06, 2022 at 09:26 pm

That ship has sailed... his character has been revealed...

I am simply waiting for his tenure to end...

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greengold's picture

April 06, 2022 at 10:37 pm

I’m taking my nephew’s strategy. When little, he went to Florida with his Mom & his sister to visit his Aunts & Grandma. All girls. For a week… 10 days… something like that.

Loved playing catch with the 4 year old Elway with a rocket arm. Lefty too. Smallest target I ever threw to.

After returning, I ask, “So, Money… what did you do down there?”

His answer, “I stalled.”

Says it all.

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greengold's picture

April 07, 2022 at 08:03 am

Funniest part about this is we did support him. Immensely. Then he broke my trust in him with an endless array of self serving plays intended for his personal stat padding rather than what was better for the team.

Done. I’m now stalling, because those guys don’t change. I have zero confidence in him leading this team to its ultimate goal. Zero.

Stalling.

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dobber's picture

April 07, 2022 at 07:31 am

Very nicely stated JB27.

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MainePackFan's picture

April 06, 2022 at 07:17 pm

I will hold my opinion for year 2. I was absolutely thrilled when the Pack traded up to get him.

Here's what I do recall. AR and AR had no reps in the preseason. I recall a play early in the season where Amari ran a route along the line of scrimmage, and he went past the line. The play blew up and ARod gave him the stare.

I remember that same play at the end of the season gaining 11 yds. Relax everyone, and give Amari Rodgers a chance. That's why they call them Rookies.

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Coldworld's picture

April 07, 2022 at 09:16 am

Players are people and people are complex. The Rodgers on film in college and the Rodgers on film in games last year are startlingly different. Why?

I think in part it’s a confidence issue. There are reports that AmRod looked hugely better on the scout team, but seemed to lose it when with the starters. That suggests he’s a guy who needs to feel comfortable with his role, QB and what those around him are doing. He seemed to be tense, over thinking and hesitant. Therein lies hope perhaps: maybe he’s a guy for whom another off season will provide the chance to settle as well as slow the game down.

I liked the Rodgers pick. I saw him as filling an option type role while he learned in the slot. He was primarily used as a guy schemed open then given the ball and allowed to use his after the catch skills to generate yards. Instead we used EQ for such routes and tried to make Rodgers an all round receiver and barely used the option at all.

It’s not the first time that the Packers seem to have tried to go from zero to 100 with a new receiver and seen it backfire. Why we continued to do that and not play to his strengths in year one, I can’t fathom. He wasn’t expected to start, we didn’t have a real option or rapid guy with dynamic post catch skills in the slot. EQ was used but seldom successfully.

Taken together, I think there is a chance that Rodgers looks worse than he should have due to how he was handled and how it affected him. I hope he will settle and I hope we will use him to his existing strengths. That will help him gain Confidence and that’s what we need.

I hope our coaches are a little more astute in how we handle him and any new WR draft picks. Let them do what they are good at first and work on broadening that second or they are not going to produce early, as we need them to. Look for players who have near NFL route expertise and have handled multiple roles early. Later picks should be used more to their strengths initially. Also, ensure that they have time to play with and learn how to anticipate our QB. We did a shocking job with that last year. Has LaFleur learned that?

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NickPerry's picture

April 07, 2022 at 07:30 am

I am and I'll tell you why. There was ONE game, ONE rushing attempt ran by Rodgers last year that gained 11 yards. I can't remember which game but it near the 3/4 mark of the season. I remember thinking why we haven't seen more of that up to that point, and was screaming for more after that lone rushing attempt. It was one of those plays we became Tyler Ervin fans over, and one I'd bet we see a lot more of this season.

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greengold's picture

April 07, 2022 at 07:56 am

Well, there’s this guy who doesn’t like handing the ball off…

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Rarescope's picture

April 07, 2022 at 11:11 am

You mean the guy who handed off 78.9% of his RPOs?

https://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/quality-control-rpos-in-2021-105

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albert999's picture

April 06, 2022 at 12:36 pm

When does the draft guide come out?

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Somedumbname's picture

April 06, 2022 at 09:37 pm

Tomorrow

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mnbadger's picture

April 06, 2022 at 12:39 pm

I'm hopeful now. I was over confident last year when we picked him up. He wants to succeed and seems prideful. I hope this means he works his butt off to improve over last year. I'm sure he felt some of the come to jesus stuff that all rookies feel. No longer the big dog, but fighting for floor droppings. We sure need him to succeed. I'm rooting for him on a personal level, seems like a good person. If he doesn't show significant improvement, cut bait and move on. GPG!

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MooPack's picture

April 06, 2022 at 12:51 pm

I remember a few years back the Packers had RB Brandon Jackson. I didn't like him from the first few games. Whatever "it" is. He didn't have it it my eyes. I debated on a different board all year long how he was not going to be here long as others said he just needs to be given a chance. I see the same thing with Amari. Some players struggle, but you can see the potential there and are worth working through issues. I'm with the Great YA Tittle. I'm not optimistic.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:29 pm

Brandon Jackson did get that many carries because he was behind a productive Ryan Grant on the depth chart for the first 3 seasons of his career. He was an okay RB and could catch out of the backfield and helped GB. Rodgers is a third round pick not a second. Wonder how many third round skill position players make an impact as a rookie. Of course he needs to be given a chance. People wanted Adams dumped, people hated the Rashan Gary pick . . . only time will tell. But every draft pick for the first several round at least needs to be "given a chance." I just can't see how a RB that was a great role player for GB the year they won the title can be compared to a young shifty slot receiver. That makes no sense to me.

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MooPack's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:32 pm

Jackson had to play because Grant got injured. He had 6 carries for 28 yds in four playoff games. He was out of football the next year. Picked up by the Browns in 2012. Had 50 yds on the season and he was done. It speaks for itself. He was not a good pick and not a good RB. Just because a player plays doesn't mean they are good or even ok. Sometimes you have no choice. Done wasting my time debating him. Did that for a year. Sorry I brought it up.

Maybe you missed what I was saying. Sometimes you can see the player potential and sometimes you can see that it is missing. I liked both the Adams and Gary picks. The potential showed. Amari? I don't see it. Hope he proves me wrong.

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Coldworld's picture

April 07, 2022 at 09:29 am

I’d agree that Jackson was never a starting caliber runner. On the ground he was a useful back up. He notched up 700 yards in his last GB season. He averaged 6.8 yards per attempt in Cleveland on only 8 attempts, so the 54 yards is a reflection of opportunities I suspect. He was useful depth as a runner.

He was more than that with his hands, but under utilized. That was MM’s trait at the time. What Jackson learned to excel at was blocking. That may have limited his offensive opportunities, particularly under a coach like MM. A decent utility back in the end. Ironically, perhaps a type who could have been a little more in the kind of system LaFleur supposedly runs, or the 49ers do.

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PeteK's picture

April 07, 2022 at 11:23 am

Also, don't forget the 342 yds receiving that last season. However, Moo is correct for a 2nd rounder I would expect more, but he did contribute and wasn't a bust. I would be very happy if Amari gave us 1000 total yds on offense this season.

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murf7777's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:34 pm

The problem is we all want it NOW, but the reality as you stated WestCoast is sometimes and really most of time for 3rd rounders, it takes a bit of time for a player to mature and progress. WR historically was a position that took time to develop. Just more recently we've seen them come right out of the gate. That also is mainly with first and second round draft picks, not the 3rd round as you also stated.

He hasn't shown us much reasons for optimism, but he also didn't have a lot of opportunity to showcase himself. Probably, because he's still learning the intricacies of the NFL defenses and hasn't earned Rodgers trust.

Unlike Adams, who I pronounced during year 2 and after when fans wanted him down the road, that he was our most athletic player and he will be a good one. I saw his great potential. Rodgers isn't Adams in my opinion, but the jury is still out whether he can become a good slot receiver. Fingers crossed.

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greengold's picture

April 06, 2022 at 10:53 pm

I don’t care a whole lot, as No GM is perfect. They all have their misses. It happens. Still, Aaron wouldn’t do anything to help the kid. Hell, I wonder about Deguara and McDuffie too.

Amari: 16 games. 8 Targets. 4 receptions. 2 1Ds. 50% Catch% - already far and away a better catcher of the football than MVS.

Totally agree, Moo, but I’ll hope he gets it and lights it up. He should.

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Coldworld's picture

April 07, 2022 at 09:33 am

Comparing the type of throws to Rodgers with those to MVS is a pretty tenuous basis for comparing catch percentages. More broadly, there is about as little similarity between the roles, physiques and play style of those two as one can find between receivers.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 06, 2022 at 12:55 pm

Rodgers didn't get very many snaps from scrimmage. His main job was catching punts and he didn't do a real good job of that.

But in college, he was a very good receiver. I'm sure he hasn't forgotten how to play, and I think he'll get more opportunities this year and he'll be fine.

As regards punts, why on Earth would you put a rookie back as punt catcher? Are you just begging them to screw you?

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:43 pm

Do you have any rookies suck t-shirts left? I've been meaning to get one.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 06, 2022 at 04:15 pm

I like that. A clever quip. My mind immediately went to a picture of a bunch of hot chicks wearing “Rookies Suck” T shirts….and nothing else. Thanks for that shove..😀

I don’t think rookies suck. I think experience counts. Just like the thousands of hours in practice, meetings, film study, coaching, nutrition, and training count. Some times you have no choice and you have to play them, and sometimes they’re so good that you want to play them and you take the bad with the good.

I could send you a Tshirt that says “Veterans Rock”.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 06, 2022 at 03:24 pm

Thanks Mo... just sayin...

...and MLF for not being a HEAD FOOTBALL COACH and fixing the damn problem!

Rodgers crying for Cobb screwed Amari Rodgers last year and cost him significant development reps. The truth hurts, eh?

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Johnblood27's picture

April 06, 2022 at 09:25 pm

I guess it hurts some...

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davekenya's picture

April 07, 2022 at 12:50 pm

Rookies are commonly used to field kickoffs and punts. They have a strong skill set but won't likely get many offensive/defensive snaps due to being buried on the depth charts. Best to get some production out of them. Gives them a chance to 'be involved' and contribute meaningfully.

Packer examples:

Cobb was the Packers primary kick returner for his first two seasons in the league and made an immediate impact at the position. In 2011, he returned a kick 108 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL game against the New Orleans Saints.

Dave Hampton returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the Packers in each of the three seasons he held the job.

Al Carmichael returned kicks for the Packers for the six seasons he was a Packer and twice led the NFL in kick return yardage.

Herb Adderley returned kicks for the first eight years he was in Green Bay.

...and of course 'Beep, Beep'...Travis Williams “The Roadrunner” named so because of his blazing speed. He scored four touchdowns in kick returns as a rookie in 1967 while averaging an incredible 41.1-yards per runback. Both marks led the league.

If this seems like an impressive list, it's not. It may cover 40 years...with rookies like Adderley keeping the returning job for multiple years (not giving other rookies a shot at the job), but it 'might' cover 1/3 of the years. The other years have either rookies covering punts/kicks (and doing poorly) or vets covering the duties.

Rookies as KR/PR (example, perhaps 2022 draftee Velus Jones?) get to show if they have talent to even make the team where they may only get a chance to contribute on special teams. Lastly, using rookies as KR/PR protects more highly paid and valuable veterans from being exposed to injuries (remember when Charles Woodson was insistent on being allowed to field punts? Imagine the disaster that would have been if he had been injured and not playing at pro bowl level in the defensive backfield!)

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oceanstrength's picture

April 06, 2022 at 12:58 pm

Amari might have been the who they needed when Cobb went down...but because Cobb was playing, Aaron had not groomed Amari and so he was not ready when he was needed most down the stretch.
But this can be a brand new year and a breakout one at that.
But its very much up to Aaron Rodgers. Does he want to be the GM or the QB?
The real irony is that Cobb had been let go because his availability was compromised every year by injury. And that is precisely what happened again last year. Rodgers insisted on his best friend being signed and he got his wish.
Be careful what you wish for.

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Tedlyflyfisher's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:12 pm

I’m not counting on him.

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Tundraboy's picture

April 06, 2022 at 10:00 pm

Let's hope nobody else is. This will be another rookie year ,as he rarely played and we all know how ARod needs time to accept new guys.

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Jnixman's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:14 pm

I’m excited to see what Amari does in year 2. To my eyes, it looked like he played a little heavier as a rookie and I think that took away a bit from his quickness and explosion.
I think he rocked-up a bit thinking that he’d need it in the NFL. Now that he has a year under his belt, he’ll know how to prepare his body to perform. Plus he’ll clearly be motivated
He can play. The tape doesn’t lie. He just needs to get himself right and own it.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:44 pm

Perhaps, that is the reason for his tweet?

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Matt Gonzales's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:57 pm

I don't mind the bigger build, depending on how and where he will be used.

Amari is giving me some Ty Montgomery vibes. Ty had his own issues with durability and later with accountability, but he was able to use his build to power through traffic like an RB, and was LETHAL as a pass catcher out of the backfield in those Cobra packages.

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murf7777's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:36 pm

Good comments Jnixman. I'll add confidence as well, that can play a big part in it!

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HarlanHuckleby's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:16 pm

Much needed perspective on Amari and where he’s at. Too much superstar hype for a third rounder to start the year, which led to a fan backlash when he didn’t have instant success. As the article states time will tell, but he stood out in the final game special teams debacle by fielding the ball cleanly and not being part of the problem for that game. Slight improvement after a rough year means We should not give up on him.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:30 pm

Great point that the preseason hype set him up for fan disappointment. Geez, a third round WR is going to take some time to develop.

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Jnixman's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:33 pm

I’m excited to see what Amari does in year 2. To my eyes, it looked like he played a little heavier as a rookie and I think that took away a bit from his quickness and explosion.
I think he rocked-up a bit thinking that he’d need it in the NFL. Now that he has a year under his belt, he’ll know how to prepare his body to perform. Plus he’ll clearly be motivated
He can play. The tape doesn’t lie. He just needs to get himself right and own it.

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dobber's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:53 pm

"It's easy to forget how excited we all were when the Packers drafted him a year ago. "

There were a lot of us who were underwhelmed, too. It's one thing to do it in college with a supporting cast full of future NFL players, playing with other outstanding skill position guys, and catching passes from a future #1overall pick at QB. It's easy for me to MMQB this pick, but there were several of us who saw it as BG grasping at a WR prospect who underwhelmed athletically, and had been attached to the Packers early in the draft process as possibly the last of the WR they had with a grade anywhere near the top 3 rounds.

He might develop, but we all saw what we saw last year, and that was a guy who looked like the game was too big for him time...after time...

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Johnblood27's picture

April 06, 2022 at 03:28 pm

Hey Dobbs, you're gonna get nowhere letting your eyes tell the story here.

Get on the hype train or get under the bus! LOL!

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ImaPayne's picture

April 06, 2022 at 07:58 pm

Okay your 8 yards deep in the end zone, you catch the ball and A) take a knee, the ball comes out to the 25,. B) try and run it out to get stopped on the fourteen.
Question Mr Rodgers, how many yards did you give up? And Why?
He is not pro ball material and Gutt screwed it up again

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PhantomII's picture

April 06, 2022 at 08:51 pm

I thought he'd play better but there is always Skyy this year and that guy is " LEGIT "

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 07, 2022 at 09:41 am

You misspelled Velus Jones and Danny Gray. ; P

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greengold's picture

April 07, 2022 at 07:53 am

Agree, dobbs. Gutekunst just couldn’t help himself… He had to make a trade. He missed some real gems between 92-145.

Amon-Ra St. Brown #112 literally exploded with quality production after Week 8 for DET.

I really think the Rodgers Bros. make a real connection 2022. Bank it. The chemistry on display last year… uh, can only get better… and, and, it looks like Aaron’s chasing waterfalls days are officially over. He’s probably playing catch with Amari at this very moment.

LOL.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 06, 2022 at 01:56 pm

I agree. While I was not enamored with him, he still has potential. My personal opinion is that Aaron Rodgers prefers the long ball and a slot WR is only a check down in his mind. Of course even then it was Adams who was probably primarily. That with the fact that Aaron did not have much time with him because he avoided camp and later many practices due to his foot injury tells me that things did not click. I expect to see more balls thrown more his way this year. Now all AmRodgers has to do is get open and catch them. Having a year in the offense should help.

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dobber's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:04 pm

I don't disagree with you fundamentally, but the Packers have thrown that WR flat pass for years to Adams, but also to the likes of Geronimo Allison, Rich Rod, and Allen Lazard who underwhelm with their ability to play in space.

That's as easy an opportunity to get a guy like this the ball with an opportunity to make a play---that's supposed to be his thing, right? Integrate him into the offense, build his confidence. They even tried doing this with Tyler Ervin when they signed him off the street. They designed a suite of plays for him and got him the chance to create in space with his quicks.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:04 pm

Amari Rodgers definitely looked quicker and more explosive in his highlight reel. Amari looked really slow last year. I am certainly hoping he comes back and is ready to go this year, but MaLF himself admitted we need more speed, so drafting a couple guys (Velus Jones Jr. and Danny Gray) with blazing speed is an immediate upgrade, even if Amari were to develop into a viable NFL WR. Or maybe the competition between them will let the cream rise to the top?

I was surprised when they drafted Amari, especially when they traded up to get him. If he had world class speed I could understand the move up, but as slow as he looked last year, it is safe to say he doesn't have world-class speed.

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albert999's picture

April 06, 2022 at 03:25 pm

Love these guys you picked…. Velus Jones Jr. and Danny Gray….no one is talking bout them…special teams sleepers

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ricky's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:04 pm

It usually takes a WR three years to really start to come into their own. There were a lot of people who wanted to just cut ties with Adams after his second year. Jordy Nelson didn't become a big time receiver until his fourth year. Donald Driver is the same story. Greg Jennings is the exception, getting over 900 yards his second year, then really taking off. So, what can we learn from this? Patience. We all look at Chase or Jefferson and somehow think that is normal. It's not. So, relax. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Hopefully Rodgers shows some improvement this year, and blossoms next year. If not, then it would be time to consider moving on from him. But certainly not before.

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murf7777's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:47 pm

"Jordy Nelson didn't become a big time receiver until his fourth year".

Actually, his coming out party was the week 15 where he had 4 catches for 124 yards and a TD and again throughout the Playoffs. He really shined in the Super Bowl with 9/140/1. All towards the end of his 3rd year. He also caught 70% of the throws in that year.

You're right thou the 4th year is when he really excelled throughout.

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White92's picture

April 06, 2022 at 07:13 pm

Precisely why the Packers cannot rely on even first round WR picks. They'd be better served trading some picks for a proven guy if they still have dreams of another SB title with Rodgers

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croatpackfan's picture

April 07, 2022 at 03:51 am

" if they still have dreams of another SB title with Rodgers."

That dream will soon become nightmare. AR leading team will not win any SB. No matter which team. Even Broncos of 2016 would not won SB if AR was at helm instead of Peyton.
S*it, they would not reach SB if AR was their QB.

It is interesting how many fans wants to cut players after only one year in NFL, but they are finding excuses for 11 years choker and still glorifying him. Amazing...

I will remind you on Davante Adams and how fans were screaming to cut him from the team. Also, I would ask you which "proven" WR changed the franchise being in thirties and
played significant role for the new team? Gimme some names, big ones. Amari Cooper (average), AJ Green (JAG), Beasley (JAG), M Jones (average), Sanders (JAG), Thielen (average), Julio Jones (JAG).

Give me some name that was change maker after 30. One (but in todays game), only one.

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PhantomII's picture

April 06, 2022 at 08:56 pm

Top tier WR don't land in GB and just produce....You have to move up and usually way up and get them if they are there. This is the worst NEED year for a Packer WR I can remember and this is after not having a #2 WR since 2018.

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splitpea1's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:41 pm

It's premature to give up on Amari. More opportunities on offense and finding better ways to use him should help. Give him a heavy workload in preseason and hope he's ready to step in for Cobb should the need arise. Forget about punt returns; he's neither fast nor decisive enough. You'd hate to see another addition to the third-round scrapheap, so give him every chance you can to succeed.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

April 06, 2022 at 02:43 pm

"It's easy to forget how excited we all were when the Packers drafted him a year ago. When he was first drafted, he garnered comparisons to Randall Cobb, who was an incredibly explosive player during his first few seasons in the green and yellow."

The draft is sometimes referred to as "The Crap Shoot" and you don't win them all. I also remember how I excited I was when the Packers drafted Tony Mandarich who was labeled by some as the best offensive lineman prospect of all time. 1989 is often labeled as the best draft class in the NFL with Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, and Derrick Thomas, all Hall of Famers. We picked second in the draft, but struck out with Mandarich. My excitement waned that summer camp in 1989 when I first saw him off steriods and working out against our defense.

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ImaPayne's picture

April 06, 2022 at 07:55 pm

You hit the nail crap. Thats what he is is crap.

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Mark King's picture

April 06, 2022 at 03:47 pm

Real Good Article ! Been watching since we drafted James Lofton. Give Amari a chance.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 06, 2022 at 06:02 pm

We see it all the time where fans immediately want to write a player off. Even sometimes before they ever don a Packer jersey because some internet expert, or some mock draft simulator rates a player a certain way. LOL!

In recent years, guys like Gary, Love, Amari and so on have been written off after a year or two. I have confidence that Amari will develop just like Love is developing, and just like Gary developed. If the player has heart and desire with good coaching the probability they continue to develop is most likely. Because how long it usually takes WR's and TE's to develop in the NFL is why I want to see Gutey take at least 3 WR's and 1 TE this season instead of only a couple this year and maybe another one or two next year.

There is a very good possibility the Packers draft up to three WR's and maybe at least one TE. Add Amari to this mix and Rodgers and Love need to go out of their way to practice with these players getting them ready. If Rodgers doesn't do it I sure hope Love takes the initiative. Would be very interesting should Love and not Rodgers takes initiative and practices with some of these players offseason.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

April 06, 2022 at 07:09 pm

Good point KTSOOY; I remember the start Devante Adams had with us and all the dropped balls into his second year. I was a member of the crowd that saw him as a disappointing second round pick, but he developed and boy did he develop into something special.

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ImaPayne's picture

April 06, 2022 at 07:54 pm

I still think based on his dumb ass moves trying to run back kick offts that he lacks intellegence. He just doesnt get it. I say put a fork in the guy and you'll get what you thought, he wont work out.

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WestWi_Packfan's picture

April 06, 2022 at 09:41 pm

They need to split time with Rodgers & Cobb in the slot.

Give Amari more reps this year and see what he can do as a WR.

Find someone else to return punts.

Less reps for Cobb might keep him healthy for a full season, so this could be beneficial for both players.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 09, 2022 at 05:54 pm

Folks this guy was a good player in college and he will be a good player for the Packers. He didn't get much of a chance to play last year other than kick returns which he did not do much in college. He is more of a possesion receiver who get open and makes big plays. A kickoff/punt returner has to be quick twitch and fearless. Amari is not twitchy but very consistant. Give him a chance.

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