Much has been made about if Aaron Rodgers is a leader or if he is a good teammate. It is safe to say all of that was put to rest today. After he spoke about how his young receivers were having a couple of rough practices, he reportedly called a meeting early Wednesday morning prior to the team’s joint practice with the Saints. It was Rodgers and his whole receiving core. Rookie receiver Samori Toure called it “highly productive.” He also said, “we responded well, we were challenged and rose to the occasion (in practice).”
What Rodgers did was all about what being a leader is. After some of his young receivers were having a couple bad practices with mental errors, route-running mistakes and drops, the 18-year quarterback of the Packers made it a point to give his young teammates some tough love. He challenged them to be better today and that is exactly what happened. Romeo Doubs and Sammy Watkins were looked to a lot in the team’s two-minute drill in practice Wednesday, and they played very well. Toure and Amari Rodgers also responded well. These receivers have a great comeback mentality. After a rough day on Tuesday, they came back ready to roll the next day. That is a good sight to see if you are the Packers and their fans.
Again, this is what being a leader is all about. Aaron Rodgers has gotten picked apart by the media for years for the decisions he has made in the locker room with his teammates. This right here is a clear indication that he just wants the best for his teammates and wants them to be successful. The media is wrong about a lot of things. They are definitely wrong about Aaron Rodgers the leader and teammate. If he and his young receivers are all on the same page, the sky is the limit for this Green Bay offense. The Packers will play their second preseason game against New Orleans at Lambeau Field on Friday night. Fans will get to see the team’s young receivers in live game action for the first time on their home field.