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Can Rookie Amari Rodgers Have Breakout Season For Packers?

  • The Draft Network
  • September 6, 2021
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A wide receiver room as criticized as any this offseason, the Green Bay Packers and disgruntled quarterback Aaron Rodgers head into the fall with a wide variety of talent on the boundary with just one pigskin to go around. While All-Pro Davante Adams headlines the unit, a mixed bag of pass-catchers will complement the four-time Pro Bowler. With eyes focused on Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard, a certain versatile wideout on the heels of an illustrious collegiate career could be the game-changing talent to step up in Green Bay this fall. 

Meet Amari Rodgers.

A third-round selection of the Packers in April, he enters the regular season with savvy and a level of confidence head coach Matt LaFleur has fallen in love with early in his professional tenure.

“Amari’s been around the game for a long time,” LaFleur said. “You can tell he’s a coach’s kid, he’s got a great feel and sense of what’s going on. He really works at it, he studies really hard. I’m excited about where he could go… We’ve got a very competitive [wide receiver] room so it’s going to be fun to come up with different packages for these guys and try to put all those guys in that room in the best position possible to go out there and help our football team.”

The son of Tee Martin, the current Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach who was best known as the predecessor to Peyton Manning at Tennessee, Rodgers is looking to carve his own path in the NFL away from the footprint his father has already established on Sundays. 

“Ever since I’ve been a kid, I’ve just been very motivated. Just being who my dad is, growing up in a city where he brought a national championship… I had those high expectations in Knoxville [Tennessee],” Rodgers said. “I always had a chip on my shoulder to prove to everybody that I am the player that everybody expects me to be. Every single week I step on the field trying to prove that I am Amari Rodgers... I’m not just Tee Martin’s son. That’s really what drives me.”

While his drive and demeanor will surely have him set to produce in just under a week's time, a Week 15 matchup in Baltimore against his father’s Ravens has long been circled on Rodgers’ calendar.

“I gotta beat him. I’ve never played him before, so now that I have a chance, I definitely gotta come out on top,” Rodgers said.

Built in the mold of a running back with the burst and YAC ability of an explosive slot talent, Rodgers offers an exciting skill set for his future Hall of Fame quarterback to exploit in what looks to be his final ride in Green Bay. The leader among all Packers wideouts in receptions during the preseason, Rodgers wasted no time in picking up right where he left off following an illustrious collegiate career at Clemson. 

Rodgers dominated the offseason pre-draft circuit, highlighted by a dominant week at the Senior Bowl. At 5-foot-10 and a sturdy but elusive 210-pounds, Rodgers totaled 1,020 yards last fall in Death Valley with career-highs in receptions (77) and touchdowns (7). Rodgers’ arrival in Green Bay could introduce a featured role much earlier than he ever expected. 

With his lack of vertical prowess and open-field shiftiness, Rodgers has received comparisons to current Packers wideout Randall Cobb, who’s looked upon as a “big brother” figure to Rodgers—his father coached Cobb at the University of Kentucky in 2010. With similar ability in space and pop in the return game, Rodgers has accepted the comparisons but has made clear he’s his own type of beast. 

Now entrenched within one of the league’s most detailed offensive game plans from the mind of LaFleur, Rodgers’ finesse, wiggle, and long-developed football IQ could result in one of the league’s most successful campaigns of any first-year wideout.

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