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The Green Bay Packers‘ wide receivers were ordered to meet with the team’s quarterbacks and members of the offensive coaching staff Wednesday morning, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

The meeting came after quarterback Aaron Rodgers ripped the young receiving group for a lack of consistency Tuesday, criticizing them for “a lot of drops” and “a lot of bad route decisions.” However, Rodgers reportedly wasn’t the one who decided to have the meeting.

Seventh-round rookie Samori Toure said Wednesday that the young wideouts were given advice and reminded of the franchise’s prestigious past during the session.

“Basically, letting us know that the Green Bay receiving corps has always been held to a super-high standard,” Toure said. “All the legends who have been through here. It’s just about us carrying on that standard and stepping up.”

Fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs added that Rodgers explained to the wideouts what he likes based on specific concepts or looks he gets at the line of scrimmage.

“He just wants us to see what he sees, so then that way we can be able to react faster, play faster, and just be able to dominate and continue to be who we are,” Doubs said.

Doubs also acknowledged the benefit of being able to lean on veteran wideouts Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard through the process.

Drops plagued Green Bay during Friday’s preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers and Tuesday’s practice, prompting Rodgers to air his grievances publicly.

The Packers are expecting contributions from their young receiving corps after trading All-Pro wideout Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in March.

Aaron Rodgers isn’t happy with what he’s seen from the Green Bay Packers‘ young pass-catchers lately.

“The young guys, especially young receivers, we’ve got to be way more consistent,” the quarterback said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “A lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route. We’ve got to get better in that area.”

The Packers had drop issues in their preseason opener Friday against the San Francisco 49ers, and those struggles remained during the team’s joint practice with the New Orleans Saints. Rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs dropped what Rodgers described as his best throw of Tuesday’s practice.

“(The regular season is) coming up. … We’re going to play our best guys when the season starts,” Rodgers said. “And whoever those guys are, those guys are going to get the reps. It’s the guys I trust the most and the guys the coaches trust the most. A lot of it is just the simple responsibility in the offense.”

He added: “You keep dropping the ball, you’re not going to be out there. It’s going to be the most reliable guys that are out there. The preparation and the job responsibility is most important. There’s going to be physical mistakes, like we’ve talked about, but if you’re going out there and dropping the ball and somebody else behind you is in the right spot all the time and catching the ball, that guy’s going to play.”

Doubs, who’s stood out at practice due to his impressive catches, caught a 33-yard touchdown against the 49ers last week, though he also had two drops.

The Packers, who traded All-Pro receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in March, were criticized for not drafting a wideout with one of their two first-round picks this year. Green Bay eventually did add to the position, selecting Christian Watson (second round), Doubs (fourth round), and Samori Toure (seventh round). Watson has yet to participate in 11-on-11 practices as he recovers from a knee injury.

Green Bay’s wide receiver depth chart is headlined by veterans Allen LazardSammy Watkins, and Randall Cobb.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ use of the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca during an offseason retreat isn’t considered a violation of the NFL’s drug policy.

Rodgers discussed on “The Aubrey Marcus Podcast” last week how he went on an ayahuasca retreat to Peru in 2020, before the third of his four MVP seasons. Ayahuasca is defined as a psychoactive beverage native to South America and is often used for religious, ritualistic or medicinal purposes.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday that it wouldn’t have triggered a positive test result on either the substance abuse or performance-enhancing substance policies collectively bargained by the NFL and its players’ association.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported McCarthy’s comment.

Rodgers said on the podcast that the retreat gave him “a deep and meaningful appreciation for life” and added that “I came back and knew I was never going to be the same.” Rodgers said he believed the experience helped pave the way for his success that year.

Aaron Rodgers is excited by the physical traits of the Green Bay Packers‘ rookie wide receivers.

“Physically, they definitely look the part. All three of them,” the superstar quarterback said on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Wednesday.

“All have physical gifts. Obviously, the top two picks are bigger – (Romeo) Doubs and (Christian) Watson – but the seventh-round pick got a lot of stuff to him. I think it’s going to be great.”

The Packers, who lost receivers Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling this offseason, didn’t use any of their two first-round picks on a wideout. Instead, the team drafted Watson in the second round, Doubs in the fourth round, and Samori Toure in Round 7.

Rodgers, the reigning back-to-back NFL MVP, believes the young pass-catchers will be put to the test against Green Bay’s solid defense at training camp.

“There’s no better teacher for them on what NFL ball is going to be like than going up against our top three corners, Jaire (Alexander), Eric Stokes, and Rasul (Douglas),” Rodgers said.

He added: “I like the way our defense is looking and playing. … There could be some growing pains for the offense, which will be great for us.”

Green Bay’s wide receiver depth chart also features Allen LazardRandall Cobb, and Sammy Watkins, whom the club signed this offseason.

Rodgers is confident the Packers will overcome the loss of former All-Pro Adams.

“Every year, there are opinions that start coming out about players in helmets and shorts,” Rodgers said. “I would just say, ‘Everybody, take a nice, deep, long breath and trust the training camp time that we have. Trust the coaching staff. Trust the relationships that will be formed. Trust the guys in the room like Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Sammy Watkins to help these young guys out.'”

Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre expects a statistical drop-off from Davante Adams now that the All-Pro wide receiver won’t catch passes from Aaron Rodgers anymore.

Adams joined the Las Vegas Raiders in a stunning trade from the Packers this offseason, reviving a connection with quarterback Derek Carr that began in college at Fresno State.

“I do think that Davante will make Derek Carr better, and in time they will be a dynamic duo,” Favre told TMZ Sports. “Now, will it be the duo that Aaron and Davante had? Time will tell. I think Derek Carr is a very good quarterback, but he’s not in Aaron’s league yet. May never be. And that’s no disrespect.

“It’s just hard to shift gears, especially from a player as prolific as Aaron Rodgers. I’d be shocked if he had the same year he’s had in previous years. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but I would be shocked.”

Favre doesn’t think Rodgers will miss Adams as much, though.

“Aaron’s too good,” Favre said. “Most like Tom Brady has gone into every season and managed to just systematically tear teams apart with whoever, it doesn’t matter. And that will be the case with Aaron. Aaron will have a tremendous year.”

Adams has missed seven regular-season games since 2019, but Rodgers turned out just fine without him. The four-time NFL MVP passed for 2,049 yards and 19 touchdowns against just one interception in those contests.

Meanwhile, Rodgers was sidelined just once over the last three seasons – last year against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Adams was targeted 14 times but caught only six passes for 42 yards with Jordan Love under center for Green Bay.

Adams and Rodgers formed one of football’s most productive duos in recent memory since Green Bay drafted Adams in the second round in 2014. The wideout’s 238 receptions and 29 touchdown catches since 2020 lead the NFL.

Carr, a three-time Pro Bowler, tossed a career-high 4,804 yards to go along with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year.

Aaron Rodgers has no intentions of leaving the Green Bay Packers. Ever.

The superstar quarterback said Tuesday he “definitely” plans to finish his career in Green Bay, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

Rodgers said he isn’t sure when he’ll call it a career and plans to take a season-by-season approach in evaluating his future.

“If you say I’m for sure playing two more, three years and then you have a magical season that ends with a championship and think that that might be the best way to ride off, I don’t want to commit to something,” Rodgers said. “You say, I’m only playing one more year and you have a bitter taste in your mouth and still got the drive and the passion to play one or two more years – I just don’t want to get pigeonholed into it.”

He added: “I’m focused on this season. I’m never gonna drag it out in the offseason. The conversations I’ve had with (general manager) Brian (Gutekunst) have been very honest and direct, and that’s not going to change. We’ll sit down after the season, hopefully after a championship, and figure out what the next step is.”

The four-time NFL MVP recently acknowledged he thinks about retirement “all the time.”

“This is my 18th season. Of course you think about the next chapter and what’s next in your life all the time. It doesn’t mean you’re not fully invested,” the 38-year-old clarified Tuesday, according to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman.

Rodgers, who restructured his contract and signed a three-year extension worth $150 million this offseason, has left his future with Green Bay open-ended multiple times. He considered leaving last offseason due to his disappointment with the front office and skipped mandatory minicamp before returning for training camp.

Green Bay’s passing attack will have a different look this year. The club traded star wide receiver Davante Adams this offseason before drafting three wideouts, including second-rounder Christian Watson. The Packers also signed veteran Sammy Watkins, adding to a wide receiver depth chart headlined by Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.

“The offense has to change,” Rodgers said, per Demovsky. “Last year, when you have a guy who’s that talented, it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that 80% of the plays in the passing game were designed specifically for (Adams), so we’re obviously gonna do some things a little different.”

Rodgers, the reigning back-to-back MVP, has shown no signs of slowing down, but the Packers have piled up disappointing defeats in recent years. Green Bay lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round in January to fall short of an NFC Championship Game appearance for a third consecutive season.

Aaron Rodgers acknowledged Thursday that he decided to return to the Green Bay Packers believing he would still have All-Pro receiver Davante Adams as a teammate for the upcoming season.

The Packers announced on March 15 that Rodgers had agreed to a contract extension. Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders later that week, reuniting him with former Fresno State teammate Derek Carr.

“Obviously when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was going to come back,” the four-time MVP quarterback said on Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM and YouTube show. ““I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I saw my career going, as far as how many years I want to play. It didn’t obviously turn out that way but I have so much love for ‘Te and appreciate the time we spent together and definitely wish him the best in Derek in Vegas. But that’s a big hole to fill.”

Adams’ exit leaves the Packers with a shortage of proven receivers as they chase their first Super Bowl berth since their 2010 championship season, though they have won an NFC title in each of Matt LaFleur’s three seasons as coach.

Green Bay lost two other wideouts to free agency when Marquez Valdes-Scantling joined the Kansas City Chiefs and Equanimeous St. Brown signed with the Chicago Bears, though the Packers did add veteran receiver Sammy Watkins.

The Packers’ top returning receiver is Allen Lazard, who had 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

“It’s a tough business, it’s a wonderful profession,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of things that happen that surprise you, even still. I thought that based on the number that we offered Davante and being able to play with me for a few more years would make a difference, but in the end I think he was ready to move on and wanted my help in making that happen.

“It was a tough position to be in, for sure, because I love him and I care about him and I want him to be happy, and he’s definitely going to be missed.”

The Packers didn’t use either of their two first-round draft picks Thursday on a wide receiver and instead boosted their defense by signing a pair of Georgia teammates, taking linebacker Quay Walker 22nd overall and tackle Devonte Wyatt with the 28th pick.

Green Bay hasn’t used a first-round pick on a receiver since taking Florida State’s Javon Walker 20th overall in 2002. The Packers have nine draft picks remaining, including two second-round picks.

Rodgers said the Packers had six wide receivers rated as first-rounders and that all of them were taken among the first 18 picks, Rodgers said. “At this point, you’ve just got to have some faith in the organization and faith that whoever we bring in tomorrow and the rest of this draft, I’m going to put in the time to make it work with those guys and we’re going to find a way in Matt’s offense to be successful like we always have.”

Rodgers reiterated comments he’d made earlier by saying his relationship with Packers management has improved quite a bit since last year, when he skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp and talked about how he wanted a voice in the decision-making process.

He also praised the Packers’ decision to bring back Tom Clements as quarterbacks coach. Clements previously worked for the Packers from 2006-16

“I’m excited to get back there and get things going,” Rodgers said. “We’ve got a lot to play for, a lot of exciting things.”

Aaron Rodgers is sticking with the Green Bay Packers.

The star quarterback agreed to a four-year, $200-million deal with the Packers that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Rodgers confirmed later Tuesday via Twitter that he is returning to the Packers, although he wrote: “Reports about me signing a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract I ‘signed.'”

The pact includes $153 million in guaranteed money and will reduce Rodgers’ cap hit for 2022, sources told Rapoport. The veteran’s previous contract included a $46.7-million cap charge, per Spotrac – the second highest in the NFL.

The veteran passer reportedly considered retirement and a move to the Denver Broncos, according to Rapoport, where he would have reunited with former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans also reportedly had interest in Rodgers if he decided to leave Green Bay.

The quarterback left his future up in the air following a shocking playoff defeat to the San Francisco 49ers but promised to make his decision in a timely manner.

Rodgers was named MVP for a second consecutive season after leading the Packers to a 13-win campaign in 2021. He remained away from the organization last offseason due to frustration with the front office before returning for training camp.

The 38-year-old signal-caller has thrown for 85 touchdowns to nine interceptions since 2020. Despite Rodgers’ production, the Packers have been unable to break their Super Bowl drought.

Green Bay also has a key decision to make on impending free-agent wideout Davante Adams, who is a candidate for the franchise tag.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is torn on where he wants to play in 2022, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The reigning MVP views the Denver BroncosPittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans as options if he leaves the Packers, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. Rodgers apparently has deals lined up with a few AFC teams. Those teams already have trade agreements in place with the Packers.

Rodgers hasn’t yet committed to playing next season but is reportedly going back and forth on what he wants to do. A return to Green Bay looked to be his most likely outcome after he seemingly made amends with management throughout the 2021 season.

Plenty of teams – including the Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers – have been linked to Rodgers since he aired his grievances with the franchise one year ago. The Broncos, Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Commanders are among the teams in the quarterback market this offseason.

Rodgers is coming off back-to-back MVP seasons with the Packers. Green Bay has reportedly been negotiating a short-term contract with his representatives that would make the 38-year-old the highest-paid player in the NFL if he returns.

The Packers won 13 games in each of the last three seasons but failed to make the Super Bowl in any of them. Their roster could look considerably different in 2022 in light of the number of free agents they have and the salary cap problems that could prompt a number of departures.

The Green Bay Packers are negotiating a short-term deal for Aaron Rodgers that would make the reigning MVP the highest-paid player in the NFL if he returns in 2022, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Packers are waiting to hear whether their longtime quarterback will continue his playing career or retire. The franchise reportedly hopes to wrap up negotiations with Rodgers’ representation by the time he decides his future.

Rodgers is scheduled to earn nearly $26.5 million in base salary next season, though his cap number is over $46 million. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes currently earns the league’s highest average annual salary at $45 million per season.

Rodgers is expected to inform the Packers of his decision in the near future. While he’s reportedly drawn significant trade interest, Green Bay has displayed no interest in moving him. Rodgers and the Packers were at odds a year ago but appeared to mend their relationship throughout the 2021 season.

The 38-year-old is coming off his second consecutive MVP season and has thrown 85 touchdowns against nine interceptions over the last two years.

Rodgers led the Packers to 13 wins in each of the last three seasons but failed to reach the Super Bowl in any of them. The future Hall of Famer hasn’t returned to the championship game since winning Super Bowl XLV at the end of the 2010 season.