Aaron Rodgers’ gave a blunt answer when answering a question about wide receiver Amari Rodgers’ role in the offense.
This past Sunday, the Green Bay Packers lost 23-7 to the Minnesota Vikings, due in part to the offense being unable to get anything going. Specifically, the receiving game, where they were single-handedly out-gained as a unit by Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
In the game, one receiver who did not log a single snap on offense was Amari Rodgers, the team’s 2021 third-round pick out of Clemson. When asked by Kyle Malzahn of WFRV Local 5 about the wide receiver’s fit in the offense, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that he’s “returning for us now.”
You can listen to Rodgers’ comments in The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman’s tweet below:
Aaron Rodgers on Amari Rodgers: ‘He’s returning for us now’
Well, there you have it.
As mentioned earlier, Rodgers did not log a single snap on offense. For Week 1, he received 11 snaps on special teams, per Pro Football Reference, where he returned a kick for 14 yards and a punt for 12 yards.
The NFL world was curious how the Packers wide receivers group would fare to start the season. There is no more Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, as both moved onto the AFC West this offseason. That left the Packers running with Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs.
The struggles were highlighted, as Watson would have had a 75-yard touchdown on a beautiful pass from Rodgers. Instead, he could not catch it. Overall the entire Packers receiving corps picked up 95 yards. Compare that to Jefferson’s 184.
Green Bay will look to break out in Week 2 when they take on the rival Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football.