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Packers' Aaron Rodgers rips young WR to continually drop passes

Aaron Rodgers is tired of receivers dropping passes as the NFL regular season approaches.

Longtime Green Bay quarterback, who lost Davante Adams (tradedto the Las Vegas Raiders) this offseason, puts the blame on younger receivers and is more consistent. challenged to keep

"Unfortunately, it's some of the same guys," Rodgers said after a choppy practice Tuesday against the New Orleans Saints. “Repeated mistakes are a problem, so we need to sort them out a bit. Young players, especially young receivers, need to be more consistent. A lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, wrong routes. We have to improve in that area, but for the most part it felt like the line held pretty well.It was nice to see."

Aaron Rodgers throws a pass in a drill before an NFL joint practice with the Saints.

Rogers' irritation was not directed at Allen Lazard. Legitimate #1 receiver. Rogers is also happy with Randall Cobb. Cobb is one of the top slot receivers in the league,adding that free-agent pickup Sammy Watkinshad the best practice day.

} However, Rodgers wasn't thrilled by other receivers who made numerous mistakes during penalty-filled practice, including a drop by rookie Romeo Dubs on a pass that Rodgers called his best throw. at the time.

Dubs had some productive moments for the Packers this preseason, including his 33-yard touchdown with the 49ers, but his fourth-round draft pick also put him out of the preseason. plagued by drops, including two of him in the opener of . He slipped past his hand Tuesday after beating Saints cornerback Bradley Robbie deep in the right sideline.

When asked if he was speaking about the play as part of his criticism, Rodgers said:

Rogers said the distressed receiver had to pick up speed immediately.

"It's almost here," Rodgers said of the regular season. "Yeah, it's coming. I really do. When the season starts, we're going to play against the best players. And whoever those guys are, those guys are going to get the rep. I'm the most The players you trust, the players your coaches trust most, and many of them are simple offensive responsibilities: being in the right place at the right time before body positioning, movement, throwing, etc. Are you on the right route?"

It wasn't just the fall that angered Rogers.

"A lot of mental errors, a lot of pre-snap penalties," said the incumbent NFL MVP. "It's kind of the theme of camp. Simple, simple theatrics we're screwing up.

Green Bay lost 28-21 to the hosts 49ers in the preseason opener, and a similar loss." These mistakes led to three interceptions by Jordan Love, but Rodgers did not blame his backup quarterback for the pick.

Romeo Doubs drops a pass while being covered by the 49ers' Ambry Thomas during the Packers' 28-21 preseason-opening loss.

Rogers mentions Love's first pick, tight end Tyler Davis drops As a pass, the second as "not a great route, not a great finish for Romeo" and the third to Amari Rodgers as "a contested ball to a man running the wrong route".

Rodgers also warned if young recipients don't get it right away.

"You keep dropping the ball. You're not going to be there," he said. "It's going to be the most reliable person to be there. Preparation and work responsibility are paramount. As we said, there will be physical mistakes, but if you go out and play the ball Drop it and if someone behind you is always in the right place and catching the ball, that person will play.” It was not. They just scored his goal on the field where he won the game in two minutes of practice.

"The offense is growing," Lazard, who is in his fifth season with the Packers, said after practice. "It's coming and it's all. We had a lot of false starts today, a lot of missed signals, etc., but this is not the norm we've had, especially in recent history. So from that perspective we're improving. I think there's a lot to be done, but overall I think we did well."

His quarterback may not agree with that last statement.

— With AP