The Green Bay Packers tried giving Aaron Rodgers with three rookie wide receivers last season with mixed results. A new report indicated young Packers players feel more comfortable asking questions to Jordan Love about the offense than they would if Rodgers were there this offseason.
Aaron Rodgers can be hard on rookies
A report last season from The Athletic detailed how difficult it can be for rookies to learn the offense from Rodgers. Rodgers was known for using cryptic hand signals with his wide receivers to let them know what route to run but wasn’t keen on telling them what they meant. With Rodgers missing last year’s OTAs, it took a while for Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson to get comfortable with the offense.
Watson was in Rodgers’ dog house after his drop against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. (Rodgers cried about the rookies dropping passes in training camp last summer.) But Watson received more targets after the losses and injuries at wide receiver mounted in the middle of the season. (He still only saw about six targets a game after his three-touchdown performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10.)
Doubs had an inconsistent rookie season in 2022. Doubs said after the season that he struggled with “how fast” he had to learn the offense. Again, Doubs probably wasn’t aided by a quarterback who missed OTAs and was purposely vague with his commands in training camp.
The Packers have a similar situation to last season with three rookie pass catchers who will be asked to play meaningful snaps in the regular season, likely starting with Week 1. But the new Packers will benefit by practicing during OTAs with a considerably younger quarterback than Rodgers. That appears to make a difference with the wide receiver corps.
Green Bay Packers players find Jordan Love approachable
According to a report by Rob Demovsky with ESPN, Packers players find Love more approachable than Rodgers. He quoted multiple players who felt intimidated by Rodgers being in the locker room. Doubs has benefited from having a starting quarterback this offseason that answers questions.
To be sure, no one is saying Love will be better than Rodgers from the get-go. But the transition from college to the NFL could be easier for the younger players.
“It makes a lot of sense,” Doubs said this week. “I wouldn’t just say [being comfortable] with Jordan, but I would also say for a lot of guys in the offense who have questions to make sure they understand everything. I think that plays a huge role. I’m excited for what this year has for us.”
Demovsky quoted Love in the report. Love believes he can communicate with his Packers teammates better than Rodgers. Love thinks being 24 years old helps him to relate better, but he also puts in the effort to reach his teammates that Rodgers hadn’t in recent years. (Rodgers delegated tasks like the Saturday hand signal run-through with wide receivers to Love last season.)
“I think it’s also easier from a younger guy,” Love said. “I think they can relate a little bit better to me, but I try and be open with all these guys — talk to them and just let them know if there’s anything they need, ask me. I’m an open book. I try to let everybody know I’m an open book. Come ask me, come talk to me. I’m trying to build that chemistry with all of them.”
That could make a world of difference to how the Packers look this fall. With no starting veterans at tight end or wide receiver, Love will need his skilled players to grow up in the NFL fast. Rodgers won’t have a problem with youth on his roster in New York. The Jets made sure to sign Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, two veteran wide receivers Rodgers is familiar with.
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