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"A lot of pressure on that guy" - NFL analyst thinks Aaron Rodgers' presence will put Green Bay Packers' new wide receiver under pressure

Aaron Rodgers may find himself without Davante Adams in the upcoming season
Aaron Rodgers may find himself without Davante Adams in the upcoming season
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not the preferred option for rookie wide receivers, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

The 38-year-old reigning NFL MVP lost his most trusted weapon in Davante Adams as he was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders. This leaves a rather big hole to fill in the Packers' offense.

Due to Adams' absence, many think that the Packers will take a receiver in the first round of the NFL draft.

Despite Rodgers being one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Florio, speaking on the PFT PM podcast, thinks that there will be too much pressure on the rookie receiver to become the number one receiver in Green Bay's offense.

"But I don't know that I would want that pressure of becoming the presumptive number one receiver in Aaron Rodgers' offense, and he's going to be pissed at me if I make a mistake. And I've got a narrow, thin margin for error in training camp and forget about the off-season program, because he's not going to be there."

Florio believes that a rookie who comes in as Adams' replacement should be able to handle the pressure.

"So a lot of pressure on that guy, you better be sure that whoever you make that pick, is ready to come in and handle it. So, maybe you do need to, maybe you need one in the second round, one in the first round, two in the first round, whatever."
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The analyst also added that the Packers need more than one receiver in their squad.

"But I do think they need multiple receivers, guys that they believe can contribute right away. But one thing we know about the draft, there is that crapshoot element, they may think the guy is going to work out, but they're not going to know until he gets there.”

Will Aaron Rodgers get a new receiver?

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers

In all likelihood, the Packers will take a receiver at some point in the draft to get Aaron Rodgers some help on the outside. Many Mock Drafts have Green Bay potentially taking Drake London out of USC provided he lasts until pick 22. Regardless of who the Packers take, Rodgers could make it work.

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The Packers need another receiver after losing Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (now with the Chiefs). Many think that Green Bay could try and trade up in the first round to get their hands on a top-tier receiver, but that remains unclear.

Either way, a receiver is the need of the hour for Packers and just who they draft in the first round remains to be seen.

But one thing is for certain, they will have big shoes to fill in Green Bay’s offense. In the last two seasons itself, Davante Adams recorded 238 receptions for 2,927 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Whoever comes in for him will need to play well quickly if Rodgers and the Packers are going to get to where they want to be.


Edited by Akshay Saraswat
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