Clemson WR Amari Rodgers was the Green Bay Packers‘ third-round selection in 2021, but the second person with the A.R initials on the team has yet to fully transition his dynamic and flush skill set from the orange and white to the green and gold.
Which isn’t a fault of his own.
As of this writing (Week 7), Rodgers has only registered two catches on two targets throughout six games. While other rookies like Eric Stokes and Josh Myers are seeing the field as starters in some weeks, Rodgers has been subsequently left behind and forgotten about in the receiving corps.
Despite a few Packers WRs being banged up, Rodgers still isn’t getting the snaps or the opportunity to prove himself. Rodgers has participated in a grand total of nine percent of the Packers offensive snaps.
When Marquez Valdes-Scantling was placed on injured reserve, it seemed like a perfect time for the former first-team All-ACC WR to step up and get meaningful snaps. Instead, the team has relied on an Equanimeous St. Brown that hasn’t been very good, an aging Randall Cobb, or an Allen Lazard that has only reeled in 10 catches despite playing 285 offensive snaps.
That being said, Amari Rodgers needs to be given more snaps. It’s time to cut him loose and give him an opportunity to either boom or develop. With the team potentially losing Davante Adams, MVS, and Allen Lazard to free agency next offseason, there has to be a new receiving outlet for whoever the quarterback is.
The Packers have a horrible recent history with third-round picks, which is something Rodgers could change. Recent third-round picks that have amounted to be invaluable to the Pack include: TE Josiah Deguara, TE Jace Sternberger (not on the team), LB Oren Burks, DT Montravius Adams (not on the team), LB Kyler Fackrell (not on the team), RB Ty Montgomery (not on the team) and DT Khyri Thornton (never played a snap for the team).
I don’t believe Amari Rodgers will turn out to be a bust, as I actually see him as a very valuable piece to the future of the Green Bay Packers and their receiving room.
Either way, now is the time to start developing him and letting him get meaningful snaps within the offensive system – especially when the division-rival Detroit Lions are developing their fifth-round pick Amon-Ra St. Brown just fine and making him a focal point of their offense.
Also, I really just need to hear a “Rodgers to Rodgers” touchdown call again. I miss Richard Rodgers.