“The young guys, especially young receivers, we’ve got to be way more consistent,” Rodgers said, via ESPN. “A lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route. We’ve got to get better in that area.”
The receiver depth chart is in a rebuilding year after the team lost five-time Pro Bowler Davante Adams to the Raiders this offseason.
Even though some of the receivers, such as Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, still have Packers experience under their belts, Rodgers expressed his concern more toward the newer additions.
The 38-year-old quarterback was specifically asked about drops made by rookie receiver Romeo Doubs, tight end Tyler Davis and receiver Amari Rodgers. Doubs dropped what Rodgers called his “best throw of the day” during Tuesday’s practice.
Because of these players’ consistent and significant drops in recent practices or in the first preseason game of the season, Rodgers hinted that he doesn’t think these players will see much playing time while he’s throwing the ball.
“You keep dropping the ball, you’re not going to be out there,” Rodgers said. “It’s going to be the most reliable guys that are out there. The preparation and the job responsibility is most important. There’s going to be physical mistakes, like we’ve talked about, but if you’re going out there and dropping the ball and somebody else behind you is in the right spot all the time and catching the ball, that guy’s going to play.”
These negative comments on the young Packers receivers come the same day that the four-time NFL MVP spoke positively about his backup quarterback Jordan Love’s preseason performance despite the criticism Love received.
On the three interceptions from Love, for example, Rodgers excused the miscues as issues with the receivers and not just Love’s fault.