It was a difficult rookie season for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Amari Rodgers.
He didn’t get many opportunities on offense and struggled on special teams. However, Rodgers isn’t the first Packers wide receiver to struggle as a rookie. Many great wide receivers have taken a couple of seasons to gain confidence.
A huge opportunity awaits the Packers’ 2021 third-round pick this season.
Rodgers played in 16 games last season with one start. He made four catches for 45 yards and had one rush for 11 yards.
Most of his work came on special teams. Rodgers returned 20 punts for 166 yards and 11 kicks for 199 yards.
According to Pro Football Reference, Rodgers played 103 offensive snaps and 116 special teams snaps.
2021 season review
It wasn’t the rookie season many hoped Rodgers would have. This was partly down to the Packers’ decision to trade for Randall Cobb. Cobb took many of the snaps in the slot that may have otherwise gone to Rodgers.
However, it is also fair to say that Rodgers didn’t play well enough when he did get opportunities.
On offense, he was only targeted eight times but had a drop.
Rodgers also fumbled the ball twice.
For much of the season, he looked uncomfortable in the return game on special teams.
Will he make the roster?
Yes. No doubt about it.
While Rodgers did have a tough rookie season, the Packers traded up to get him in the third round for a reason. They won’t be giving up on him.
What to expect in 2022
It is important not to forget how good Rodgers was at Clemson. He has talent.
Yes, his rookie season didn’t go entirely to plan. But can anyone remember Davante Adams’ second year in 2015? He made drop after drop, and many fans were calling for the Packers to cut Adams and promote Jeff Janis up the depth chart.
Sometimes, it just takes time.
“He already looks faster and stronger than he ever did. He’s in the best shape of his life,” said Packers receivers coach Jason Vrable in May, according to CBS Sports.
Rodgers needs to have more confidence. He has the talent to become a successful player for the Packers, both on offense and special teams.
If he can make some plays over the summer and build confidence, we could see a much improved Rodgers in Year 2.