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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows he’s not on a single page as a number of the team’s young receivers, but so far as he’s concerned, he doesn’t have to adjust his approach.
“I’ve surely got to play exactly the same way,” Rodgers told reporters Wednesday. “I don’t play just how I played in 2011, [but] I’ve surely got to play promptly and guys gotta get open, so no, I’m not gonna change just how I play. I must realize who’s on the market, who we’re throwing to and how we’re gonna make some hay and score some points.”
Rodgers and Green Bay’s rookie receivers displayed too little chemistry during Sunday’s 23-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. On the Packers’ first offensive play of the overall game, Christian Watson dropped what would’ve been a 75-yard touchdown that Rodgers placed perfectly in his hands. Romeo Doubs, who was simply a star in training camp and the preseason, had a quiet performance.
Green Bay was missing fifth-year wideout Allen Lazard, who was simply expected to function as team’s No. 1 receiver, due to an ankle injury. He was a restricted participant in Wednesday’s practice, his first-time getting on the field since suffering the ankle injury fourteen days ago.
Both Packers starting offensive tackles, David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins, also missed Sunday’s game with knee injuries, and it’s really not yet determined when either of these would be prepared to return.
“I believe he’s done nearly as good a job once we may expect,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said of Rodgers. “He’s always hard on himself and I understand there were a couple of plays he certainly want to have back, exactly like there’s some play calls that I’d like to possess back aswell. … But I believe he’s done an excellent job of demanding the urgency from those young guys, yet putting an arm around them aswell simultaneously.”
Sunday’s game was also the initial Rodgers has played without star receiver Davante Adams in quite a while, as he was traded to the NEVADA Raiders this offseason. Still, he didn’t think it had been a justification for his struggles that included a fumble and an interception.
“I didn’t lose a fumble all this past year and hadn’t thrown a pick in a division game in, I have no idea, some time, so that’s sort of the typical that I hold myself to, irrespective of who’s on the market around,” Rodgers said. “So that is why that’s frustrating. I don’t consider it as ‘Tae’s not here [so] I’ve surely got to do a lot more or play perfect football.’ I’ve just always held myself to a typical of looking after the football and that wasn’t sufficient on Sunday.”
Rodgers and the Packers can look to bounce back on Sunday contrary to the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.