Aaron Rodgers does not appear completely comfortable with his new, younger receiving corps for 2022.
“I like production over potential. There’s some production and a lot of potential," Rodgers told reporters Tuesday. "So we need to temper expectations and heighten accountability.”
The Packers traded Davante Adams, Rodgers' top wideout for the last six seasons, to the Las Vegas Raiders in a blockbuster deal in March. The trade came after Adams requested a move and allowed him to sign a massive new extension in Las Vegas but left Rodgers without a clear WR1.
Green Bay also lost Marques Valdez-Scantling in free agency, leaving Rodgers with a crop of past-their-prime veterans and unproven young players. Rookie Christian Watson, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb project at the top of the depth chart at the moment, and the Packers also signed veteran Sammy Watkins.
“I was 100 percent on board with that," Rodgers said of signing Watkins. "I think it's important you get guys who have a lot to play for, and I think Sammy has the opportunity to continue and travel down a new path in his career. We can help him here as he continues to improve and get opportunities. ... I love the disposition. I really enjoy the person.”
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Aaron Rodgers on signing Sammy Watkins: “I was 100% on board with that. I think it’s important you get guys who have a lot to play for, and I think Sammy has the opportunity to continue & travel down a new path in his career … I love the disposition. I really enjoy the person.” <a href="https://t.co/fAX0UWXFIm">pic.twitter.com/fAX0UWXFIm</a>
Watkins is actually the receiver on the roster who has the most recent 1,000-yard season. Unfortunately for the Packers and Rodgers, that came in 2015.
The onus will arguably be heavier on Rodgers than it's been at any point in recent memory. Until Rodgers has the trust in his new collection of talent, don't be surprised if the Packers heavily feature running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.