The Green Bay Packers selected Amari Rodgers with the third-round draft pick (85th overall) in 2021. While he did not see much of the field during his rookie season, Rodgers is ready and confident to make an impact in his second year in the NFL. Before the Packers' season kicked off Sunday, several members of the Packers’ coaching staff and team noticed a difference in the second-year wide receiver.
Randall Cobb Notices a Difference in Amari Rodgers
When the Packers first drafted Amari Rodgers, his previous connection to Green Bay became public knowledge, at least to fans. The two players drew easy comparisons as they both play the slot wide receiver position. However, a little digging unearthed a fascinating connection.
Randall Cobb played his college football at the University of Kentucky. His wide receiver coach there was Tee Martin, Amari Rodgers’ father. Rodgers grew up watching Randall Cobb play and modeled his game after his.
As Cobb, Rodgers, and the other Packers players participated in various team activities, it became apparent that Amari Rodgers was ready to take the next step in the NFL. When speaking to Packers wide receiver coach Jason Vrable, Cobb stated: “Yo, you can feel it from him.”
Randall Cobb is entering his 12th year in the NFL. If he is excited about what a player is doing, it is an excellent sign of things to come.
Wide Receivers Coach Jason Vrable Has High Expectations for Rodgers
Jason Vrable, the Packers wide receivers coach, addressed the media in late May regarding what he had seen from Amari Rodgers. He was also asked why Rodgers did not receive more playing time in 2021. To that, Vrable said,
“I don’t give Amari [Rodgers] the out that [Cobb] was here. It’s your job to beat Randall out or beat our Z out. Even though he plays the slot, I’ve got him working out at Z, and he’s done that before. His performance just wasn’t on their level. That’s just the reality of it, right? It wasn’t that he was bad, but he wasn’t doing the high-level things that Randall was doing or the Z, Lazard.”
While this is a brutally honest answer that can come from none other than a football coach, it does highlight how talented the Packers' wide receivers are as a whole. This, of course, includes Allen Lazard, a proud partner of Mayfield Sports Marketing.
While Vrable’s response pointed out growing pains, he did express excitement for what Amari Rodgers has brought to team activities:
“His route-running is already cleaner and crisper. I feel really good about Amari. It’s just the start right now. We’ll see where he’s at when the pads come on, and the lights go on.”
Amari Rodgers Has an Opportunity in 2022
Amari Rodgers came into the NFL behind Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, and Randall Cobb on the Packers' wide receiver depth chart. With limited playing time, Rodgers had four receptions for 45 yards in 2021.
Now, in 2022, Davante Adams is playing for the Las Vegas Raiders. In addition, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Even though the Packers drafted three new wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft, and signed Sammy Watkins, Amari Rodgers has the perfect opportunity to crack into the regular lineup. If what Cobb and Vrable are seeing is a reality, then Rodgers is in for a special season.
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