‘I like the fellows that we received’

Aaron Rodgers may not be as involved about his broad receivers as many Inexperienced Bay Packers followers appear to be.

Rodgers was requested Saturday about his receiving group in mild of the lack of Davante Adams, who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason in a franchise-changing deal. The quarterback would not seem daunted by the problem of creating new targets on this offense.

“I like the fellows that we received,” Rodgers mentioned Saturday on Coaching Camp: Again Collectively Saturday. “Clearly not having Davante, who took the lion’s share of the targets final yr and had an unbelievable season, there’s gonna be the identical quantity of balls and yards and touchdowns to go round. So now it is a matter of who’s going to be in these conditions to make these performs.”

One incumbent who seems poised for an enormous function is Allen Lazard, who completed final season robust and ended 2021 with eight landing catches. After joking earlier this week about each Adams and Lazard being future Corridor of Famers, Rodgers turned severe about his clear expectations for Lazard — in a contract season for the receiver, no much less.

“Clearly, Allen Lazard goes to step into the No. 1 function,” Rodgers mentioned, “and I believe it will be a really seamless transition for him as a major blocker and form of a distinct segment man for us, to get a chance to get extra throws, be No. 1 within the development extra typically.”

There additionally could possibly be assist from the Packers’ two WR draft picks, second-rounder Christian Watson and fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs. Watson stays on the bodily unable to carry out listing, with Rodgers saying he expects him again “in a number of weeks.”

In his absence, Doubs has been one of many early standouts of camp, making a number of spectacular catches, in keeping with observe observers. Though Rodgers hasn’t historically leaned on rookies closely, Doubs clearly has made a optimistic early impression.

“Romeo Doubs has had a very nice begin to the camp,” Rodgers mentioned. “He is been getting lots of consideration primarily based on a number of the performs that he is made. I just like the strategy. Very understated child, very humble child from form of interior metropolis L.A., made his solution to Nevada.

“I used to be sitting with him at lunch the opposite day and actually simply marveling. It is shocking what number of groups handed on him. No matter purpose it was, all of us really feel actually good about Romeo and the beginning he is gotten off to.”

Rodgers additionally threw bones to his longtime operating mate, Randall Cobb, whom Rodgers thinks is “nonetheless a wonderful slot receiver,” and free-agent signing Sammy Watkins, whom Rodgers mentioned “has lots of expertise” and likewise “loads to show.”

“I believe these guys are somewhat extra harmful as a result of they’ve a lot extra to play for,” Rodgers mentioned.

However proper when the nice and cozy fuzzies have been flowing, Rodgers dropped a fairly large caveat: The Packers have not even had full-contact observe but.

“The good equalizer — I’ve mentioned it many occasions, I am certain you are feeling the identical means — is pads,” he mentioned. “Once we put the pads on subsequent week, then we’ll see how good we’re up entrance, how assured we’re outdoors, and I believe you are gonna see how good our protection will be as effectively.”

We additionally might discover out then if Rodgers is as assured in his reshaped receiver group as he appears to be within the early camp days.