GREEN BAY, Wis. – Prior to this year’s NFL draft, Amari Rodgers called the Green Bay Packers a “dream situation” in part because of the opportunity to get a pass from the reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
The former Clemson star still hopes that will be the case despite things getting worse between the quarterback and the organization.
But it didn’t sound like Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst chose Amari Rodgers as a peace offer for his franchise defender.
“I hope everyone on our team and inside our building will be excited about adding Amari,” Gutekunst said Friday. “I think it’s something we would like to add – we̵7;d love to add a couple of years – that guy who can play inside and come back, yeah, I hope everyone’s happy with it.”
It’s the first time since his first draft in 2018 that Gutekunst picked a receiver, and by trading to a 5ft 9 slot receiver doing it all in the third round (ranked 85th overall), it became the top spot at The Packers have drafted a defender since Davante Adams in the second round (53rd overall) in 2014.
Adams set a franchise record with 115 draws last season – 82 more than any other Packers – to find the largest gap between the No. 1 and 2 teams in the league, according to research, statistics and data from. ESPN
For his part, Amari Rodgers said he was aware of the news that surfaced Thursday when ESPN detailed Aaron Rodgers’ desire to move on and not play for the Packers again.
“Of course I want to catch a pass from MVP that reigns Hall of Famer in the future,” said Amari Rodgers. So I know for sure I would love to have the opportunity to play for someone like him on the pitch and Davante too, so I’m looking forward to that.
“We have the same last name, for sure it’s cool that we have the same last name. He’s an amazing defender, I’ve been watching him all my life. Playing with a defender like him “
Tee Martin, Amari Rodgers’ father, plays a quarterback in the NFL and is the defensive coach for the Baltimore Ravens, but Martin is also a coach, former Packers receiver Randall Cobb in college at Kentucky, and the Packers may want to use Amari Rodgers in a role similar to the one Cobb played. In Green Bay
“Since Randall Cobb passed away, everyone in my family has felt like no one is playing slots like him,” said Amari Rodgers. “They just felt it was right for me to go there with Aaron Rodgers, he is as prolific defender he is and Da Kante with him being the prolific defender he has. are Little attention from him
“I feel that it will be perfect, my skill set and what I can do in attacking, I feel like it will definitely help the attacking game.”
In his last season at Clemson, 86% of Amari Rodgers’ goals came into the slot, while Aaron Rodgers only 31% tried in 2020 to target slots, according to ESPN’s research, statistics and data.
“He filled us a lot of holes,” Gutekunst said. But only as a reclaimer and a slot receiver But as you have seen over the past few years, the creativity that [coach] Matt [LaFleur] Contributed to his offenses, some jet planes and screens. “
As for other Rodgers, Gutekunst said he did not speak to his unhappy defender on Friday, in part because of the business of the draft. A day after saying that he received one call about the trade. But reiterated he would not exchange Aaron Rodgers, Gutekunst said he had not received a phone call about the matter on Friday.
However, trade for the receiver has become a top priority, Gutekunst said he considered accepting Amari Rodgers in the second round but instead took Josh Myers at the Ohio State Center at 62.
“After I turned off the phone [with Myers]I turned around to see if we could get back up to Amari, ”he said.“ My two guys were down to get something to eat, so we had to get everyone back on the phone quickly. But we tried really hard to get up to pick up Amari. It took us a little longer than we needed. We pay a little more. But I think it’s important because of the value of the players I want.
Gutekunst gave up two of the Packers’ fourth-round four (135th overall) to the Tennessee Titans to move up from 92 to 85.