These tests go much deeper for Aaron Rodgers than just slinging passes to the inexperienced receivers to see if they can catch them. WISCONSIN, GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers is aware that time is of the essence to get the talented rookie receiver up to speed after Christian Watson missed the first few weeks of the Green Bay Packers training camp.
Watson participated fully in practice for the first time on Sunday and again on Monday following offseason knee surgery. Every day on the practice field will serve as a test from Professor Rodgers with only about 10 practices left before the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Those pass/fail assessments will play a significant role in determining playing time in the early going. On Sunday, Watson passed one of those exams.
The procedure was quick, and I gave him an adjustment he’d never had before, Rodgers said on Monday. “Five seconds passed. Hey, execute this. “And then do that,” boom, boom, boom. He then emerged and carried out my instructions exactly.
I’m going to put him to the test on little things like that. Another time, I gave him a signal that he may have already seen once, perhaps in the OTAs or a month prior, but he didn’t have it and didn’t make the adjustment. While Rodgers has grown tired of some of the mistakes, he understands that Watson and fellow rookie Romeo Doubs will be thrust into key roles as the offense adjusts to life without Davante Adams.
The key for Rodgers is that the young receivers master the “simple stuff” that should have been taught during the offseason program’s playbook installs. The routes and alignments in the playbook are as follows.“It’s the little things that we can’t afford to make mistakes on,” Rodgers explained.