Packers wide receiver Amari Rodgers admittedly wasn’t in shape last season. He has said he hopes to regain the trust of coaches and quarterback Aaron Rodgers after a focused offseason. Getting acclimated to the “speed of the NFL took some time” according to Rodgers. Rodgers played 103 total snaps last season with four receptions, numbers he expects will increase exponentially in 2022.
Amari Rodgers Was Back Home This Past Week:
Amari Rodgers was back home Friday, hosting a youth camp on the same Knoxville Catholic football field from which he once dominated. Now with the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers reflected Friday on his rookie season. He mentioned what it’s like playing with Aaron Rodgers and what his expectations are for himself in his second year in the NFL.
“It’s the longest season I ever played,” Rodgers said at the camp, which was co-hosted by former NFL tight end and Knoxville native Lee Smith. “I didn’t really have a break, it was like two years straight of football. So you know, I feel like it kind of took a toll on me mentally and physically towards the end of the year.
“I’ve had an offseason to actually take care of my body, get my body right. So I feel like I’m back to myself.”
Amari Rodgers On What It Was Like To Play With Aaron Rodgers:
Aaron Rodgers is the two-time reigning NFL MVP and acts like it on the field. He has led the Green Bay offense for as long as Amari can remember. Aaron Rodgers is now approaching his 18th season under center. On top of the X’s and O’s, the receiver has mirrored his QB’s holistic approach to football.
“I respect him so much just because of how focused he is all the time,” he said. “You can just tell by watching him on TV just how locked in he is all the time, how calm and collected he is. That’s how I try to carry myself on the field.
“(Aaron) always says the game is 90% mental, 10% physical. If you’re mentally right, that’s where your game takes that next step. I’ve started taking my mental game seriously with meditation and mental training.”
All in all, Amari Rodgers looks to improve at a position that Green Bay seriously declined at over the off-season. The Green Bay Packers have had one of the most memorable off-seasons in franchise history. The kept some franchise players, and move on from others. Aaron Rodgers choosing to stay in Green Bay is by far the biggest story of the off-season. His three year $150M extension confirmed he would be in Green Bay for at least the 2022 season and possibly the 2023 season.
The Davante Adams trade was the other significant news for the Packers. One of, if not the best, wide receivers in franchise history was shipped off the Las Vegas. Not only that, but speedy wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. This leaves Amari Rodgers is prime position to take a year two leap and make an real impact on this offense. Even with Allen Lazard returning and Sammy Watkins being signed.
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