Aaron Rodgers Reveals One Major Change He Wants Packers To Make

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The 2022 season has been a bit of a struggle for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offensively, at least by his standards. Having virtually an entirely new group of wide receivers will do that, as the Packers traded Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders and Marquez Valdes-Scantling signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

That has left Green Bay with some unproven pass catchers that need to step into prominent roles in the offense. Rodgers has voiced his frustrations multiple times, saying that some of the players need to improve in the mental area of the game.

While things are certainly a work in progress, there have been some steps in the right direction. Rookie Romeo Doubs has stepped up in recent weeks and currently leads the team in receptions with 19 and yards with 184. His two touchdown receptions are tied for first with Allen Lazard.

Third on the team in yardage and fifth in receptions is veteran Randall Cobb. Cobb has by far the most experience working with Rodgers as he played the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay before moving on to the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

He returned to the Packers in 2021, but Father Time looked to have gotten the best of him. This offseason, however, he put in a ton of work and got his body right once again. Announcers during the games have commented numerous times on how different Cobb looks, as he seemingly turned the clock back multiple years.

Looking fresh and ready to produce, Rodgers would love to see Cobb out on the field more in the coming weeks. He made his comments earlier in the week during his regular spot on The Pat McAfee Show.

“Yeah, it’s great because I love him. He’s such a great friend and phenomenal teammate and leader. I really feel like he needs some more playing time. He’s made plays in every game that he’s played.”

“I think he needs more opportunities for sure. He’s earned them. Big kudos to him, though, you know. He figured out how to get his body back. He’s stayed healthy so far, but he went through the entire offseason program, OTAs, busted his ass and earned the opportunity he’s gotten and probably more, so I look forward to some more snaps for him ‘cause every time he’s out there he’s making explosive gains.”

Cobb is someone that Rodgers has supreme confidence in as they have nearly a decade’s worth of playing experience together. As long as he is healthy, the coaching staff should figure out ways to get him on the field more as he has been one of their best producers thus far this season.

Cobb leads the team with 1.40 yards per play, which is much higher than Doubs, who is at 1.00 and Lazard, who is at 0.94. The veteran is more than doubling rookie Christian Watson, who is at a paltry 0.64.

Cobb has been on the field for only 40.35 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps thus far this season, but expect that number to continue ticking up. With Sammy Watkins on IR and Rodgers asking for him to play more, the coaching staff should call his number a few more times per game.