By now, we are all aware of the questions surrounding the Green Bay Packers offense. We’ve all beaten the topics of the wide receivers, offensive line, and tight end to death. Only the quarterback and running back positions are sewn up.
Aaron Rodgers is well aware of what’s head in regard to figuring things out. But he’s also a 17-year NFL veteran, so he knows there is plenty of time to do so.
“I would just say, ‘Let’s just everybody, take a nice, deep, long breath and trust the training camp time that we have. Trust the coaching staff, trust the relationships that will form and continue to be formed. Trust the guys in the room like Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins to help these young guys out.'” Rodgers recently said on The Pat McAfee Show.
So far, Rodgers sounds satisfied with what he’s seen from the 2022 group of receivers.
“Physically, they definitely look the part. They definitely look the part,” Rodgers said in regard to draft picks Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure. “All of three of the guys we drafted all have physical gifts. Obviously the top two picks are bigger (Watson and Doubs). But the seventh-round pick got a lot of stuff to him.”
But what Rodgers really likes is the Packers defense.
As well he should. The Packers have constructed one of the league’s top units on paper and it’s not just the starters that impress – the Packers defense is one of the deepest units in the league. To top it off, there’s continuity, as well. This is the unit’s second year under Joe Barry and nearly every starter (and a lot of the depth players) return from last year.
Rodgers, being the wise vet that he is, see an advantage to this, as well. Not only will the young receivers be tested, the offense will be, as a whole. And for Rodgers, that should bode well in the long run.
“There’s no better teacher for them [the receivers] on what NFL ball is gonna be like than going against our top-3 corners,” said Rodgers. “So those guys will get a real quick initiation to the NFL. I was joking with a couple of my buddies on the squad and in the personnel department and I said, ‘It could be a long training camp for the offense.’ I like the way our defense is looking and playing. Just on paper, it looks like they’re going to be pretty formidable.
“[There] could be some growing pains for the offense, which would be great for us. It would be nice to take our lumps from time-to-time. I think it will help us get better, facing a really good defense like that.”
He has a great point. As the old/famous cliché goes: Iron sharpens iron. The Packers have arguably the NFL’s best trio of cornerbacks and they will undoubtedly play a role in shaping the team’s young receivers, whether it’s good or bad.
Just ask Jaire Alexander. He doesn’t plan on giving the youngsters any breaks. And that type of approach will quickly harden the rooks and they’ll realize that they need to be on the top of their collective games, stat.
“I played against the best receiver in the league in Davante Adams all four years I’ve been here. I’m going to make it as hard as I can for those guys because I know on Sunday, it’s going to pay off,” Alexander said back in June. “‘Cause iron sharpens iron. And whatever I can do to help make them better, I’m going to do that.”
The Packers defense’s mentality is the exact type of mentality that needs to check the offense throughout camp. Because the first four games of the Green Bay’s schedule faces defenses such as the Vikings, Bears, Buccaneers, and Patriots.
All four teams finished in the upper-half of the league in regard to defensive DVOA and the Bucs and Patriots finished 9th and 4th, respectively. And all four teams still have rather strong units heading into 2022.
Meaning, the Packers offense will be tested early and often.
The Packers have undoubtedly been known for the offenses they’ve put on the field over the last decade, essentially. But in 2022, it looks like it’ll be the defense that leads the way.
And maybe, just maybe, that’s what it will take to finally get the Pack back in the Super Bowl.
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