GREEN BAY – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shared two key thoughts regarding the young receivers he’s getting to know for the first time.
He also reiterated his career is one-year-at-a-time at this point, and he plans to finish it in Green Bay.
Rodgers made the comments Tuesday after the opening practice of mandatory minicamp, his first public appearance in Green Bay this offseason.
Regarding the rookie receivers, particularly high draft picks Christian Watson (second round) and Romeo Doubs (fourth round), Rodgers stressed the expectations for them must be “reasonable” as the Packers move on at the position without Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
In Rodgers’ mind, the offense’s top three receivers right now are Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and veteran newcomer Sammy Watkins, whom Rodgers is excited about. “He looks the part,” Rodgers said after the two had a productive day together.
The three proven players come first, and the rest will sort themselves out in time as they compete and learn the pro game.
“I like production over potential,” Rodgers said. “We have some production. We have a lot of potential. So we need to temper expectations and heighten the accountability. I think that’s the most important thing for those guys. There’s guys who’ve done some things in the league and there’s guys that haven’t.”
He also said, for all the outside discussion about whether he should’ve been here for more than just this week’s minicamp to work with the rookies, their priority needs to be the playbook, not who’s throwing the ball to them. He added that Cobb’s voice and guidance in the receiver room is as valuable as his own at this early stage.
“The most important thing for the young guys right now is to learn the offense, and like I’ve said many times there’s two offenses,” Rodgers said. “There’s the offense on paper and then there’s the offense that gets run on the field.
“They need to learn the offense on paper first, and once they get that down, then we’ll have…