Aaron Rodgers ‘trusts’ Packers GM after trade deadline inaction

Aaron Rodgers ‘trusts’ Packers GM after trade deadline inaction

The Packers stood pat on the 2022 NFL commerce deadline, regardless of scuffling to a 3-5 begin with a scarcity of weapons for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In his first feedback for the reason that deadline, the 38-year-old resisted any urge to throw basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst underneath the bus.

“The compensation for no matter gamers we had been going after simply didn’t make sense,” Rodgers stated, in line with USA At present. “So I belief Brian, and we had some good conversations. We had been in on some issues. It simply didn’t pan out.”

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that the Packers made a proposal to the Steelers for huge receiver Chase Claypool, who ended up being dealt to the division-rival Bears. Inexperienced Bay supplied a second-round decide, which was what the Bears ended up giving Pittsburgh – although Chicago’s decide will possible be increased, which is why that deal acquired accomplished.

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Broncos reporter Benjamin Allbright additionally reported that the Packers checked in on receiver Jerry Jeudy, whom Denver had reportedly dangled in commerce talks. Nevertheless, they “didn’t get shut” to the asking worth, which was reportedly a second-rounder in addition to one other mid-round decide.

The Packers now haven’t any alternative however to go ahead with their present huge receiver group, which consists of Allen Lazard, rookies Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson, Randall Cobb (at present on IR) and Sammy Watkins. Lazard is their main receiver regardless of solely enjoying six video games, with 340 yards. Second is Doubs with 296, and third is tight finish Robert Tonyan (286 yards.)

The system has not been a successful one for Inexperienced Bay, which has misplaced 4 straight video games to the Giants, Jets, Commanders and Payments. Rodgers is averaging 216 passing yards per recreation within the shedding streak and the staff is averaging 17.5 factors per recreation.

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Gutekunst has confronted criticism over the way in which he has dealt with the offense round Rodgers lately. In 2020, the staff traded up within the first spherical to pick quarterback Jordan Love, who has solely began one recreation and seems unlikely to see the sector in any respect till Rodgers is gone – which can not occur earlier than his rookie contract expires. In 2021, the Packers took cornerback Eric Stokes within the first spherical, and with their two first-rounders in 2022, they chose two extra defensive gamers – Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt, each out of Georgia.

Maybe most notably, Gutekunst traded away Rodgers’ most-trusted weapon in Davante Adams, sending the receiver to the Raiders for a haul of draft picks. To interchange him, the staff signed Watkins and drafted Watson and Doubs within the second and fourth rounds, respectively. Watson has barely seen the sector attributable to accidents, and Doubs has struggled with drops. Rodgers has overtly criticized the younger receivers, saying on “The Pat McAfee Present” that “guys who’re making too many errors shouldn’t be enjoying.”

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And regardless of their investments within the protection, the whole unit has underperformed – particularly towards the run. Inexperienced Bay has given up the fourth-most dashing yards per recreation via eight weeks, and their total protection ranks twenty second in Soccer Outsiders’ DVOA statistic.

Nonetheless, Rodgers is displaying help for the group – no less than publicly. With video games upcoming towards the Cowboys and Eagles within the subsequent month, time will inform if their inaction was a sensible determination.

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