Aaron Rodgers is once again saying the wrong things.
On Monday, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the veteran quarterback said the offense is “clicking closer to where I think we should be trending.” However, Rodgers dismissed the notion that his absence from voluntary OTAs in late May and early June affected the development of his young wideouts, who he criticized for showing a lack of consistency during training camp.
“You know, not really,” Rodgers said. “Training camp is a long experience. There’s plenty of time for conversations, for practice, for a lot of the things they expect them to do in the regular season. I rely on the coaching staff to pass on the message as we’re learning the offense, and then I’m kind of the 202 professor. They’ve got to get kind of the base concepts, and when I come in, we have the offense outside of the paper offense.”
“Yesterday we did kind of a spur-of-the-moment adjustment in a period, and I told him what to do in the huddle, and it’s something he’s never done before, and he went out and did it perfect,” Rodgers said of Watson. “It’s those little things like that that start to gain that trust and that confidence and gets you excited about things.”
Rodgers hasn’t played this preseason, but Jordan Love has and the Packers have dropped nine of his 48 pass attempts in two games.
Former NFL general manager Randy Mueller thinks Rodgers’ comments are quite comical.
“Aaron Rodgers saying his missing OTAs has nothing to do with chemistry between he and receivers is comical,” Mueller said. “Every bit of work/communicating/reps helps. That’s his ego talking.”
Rodgers is entering his 15th season as Green Bay’s quarterback. He finished last season with 4,115 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, four interceptions and an NFL-best 111.9 quarterback rating, completing 68.9% of his passes. Rodgers has won back-to-back NFL MVP Awards.