The Packers signed Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks to join Rodgers in the tight end corps, ESPN.com reports. Rodgers worked behind Jared Cook for most of last season, and while Cook won't be back in the picture, the competition for snaps has only gotten tougher. Bennett will presumably serve as the No. 1 tight end and play the vast majority of snaps, leaving Kendricks and Rodgers to compete for whatever work is leftover.
Rodgers caught 30 passes (on 46 targets) for 271 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games played this season. Rodgers benefitted from wideout Jordy Nelson's absence by tying for the team-lead with eight touchdowns last season, but with Nelson returning, Davante Adams emerging, and, most importantly, Jared Cook joining Green Bay, Rodgers' role was reduced this time around. While the 25-year-old was still able to help the Packers move the sticks here and there, Cook's significantly more dynamic skill set left Rodgers as the team's second option at tight end, which unsurprisingly hurt his production. Overall, Rodgers' numbers closely mirrored those from his rookie campaign, providing incentive for him to elevate his game as he enters the final year of his current contract next season.
Rodgers caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys. The touchdown reception came in the first quarter and was Rodgers' only catch of the day, but it gave the Packers the lead for the first time in the game and they did not trail after that. Rodgers will continue operating as the Packers' No. 2 tight end behind top option Jared Cook.
Rodgers caught his only target for 14 yards in Sunday's win over the Lions. Rodgers has seen either one or two targets in each of the previous six games, as Aaron Rodgers continues to spread the ball around to a variety of receivers. He figures to continue that trend heading into Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Giants.
Rodgers caught both of his targets for 20 yards and one touchdown Saturday versus the Vikings. Rodgers was one of three Packers to reach pay dirt Saturday, but -- like the others in the Green Bay receiving corps -- was completely overshadowed by Jordy Nelson's dominant performance. Keep in mind that was just his second touchdown all season, though. Next up is a Week 17 matchup with the Detroit Lions.
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