Rodgers has not even recorded a target, much less a reception, through two exhibition weeks, but his snaps were limited and the
Rodgers reported to training camp sporting a slimmer look, down roughly 15 pounds from last season, Peter Dougherty of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Rodgers let his conditioning get away from him the past few offseasons, but stepped up this year, appearing slimmer from head to toe in training camp on Wednesday. Part of the 24-year-old's motivation may stem from the Packers' signing of Jared Cook, who many expect to take over the starting duties this season. However, Cook heads into camp on the PUP list, giving the new-look Rodgers an early chance to impress coaches during first-team reps.
Rodgers' 58 receptions last season were the second-most by a tight end in Packers history, but his at times brutal inability to gain yards after the catch caused frustration. In response, Green Bay signed Jared Cook, an excellent athlete, this offseason, but after having foot surgery in June, the veteran could be somewhat limited as the season approaches. That would allow a reportedly more slender Rodgers to continue to see the bulk of first-team reps at tight end, where his consistency and familiarity with the offense could give him a further advantage on Cook when it comes to playing time.
Richard Rodgers (hip) secured five of eight targets for 45 yards in Saturday's 26-20 divisional round overtime loss to the Cardinals.
With Davante Adams (knee) sidelined and Randall Cobb (chest) exiting the game early, Rodgers equaled his second-highest target total of the season. He acquitted himself well overall as a safety valve target for Aaron Rodgers, who was up against a fierce Cardinals pass rush that had taken him down eight times in their Week 16 meeting. The second-year pro turned in a very solid sophomore campaign, boosting his catch total to 58 and hauling in an impressive eight touchdowns. He also was targeted an abundant 85 times, a number partially influenced by wideout Jordy Nelson's season-long absence.
Richard Rodgers (hip) is active for Saturday's divisional round contest at Arizona, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Despite coming down with a hip injury and turning in limited practices throughout the week, Rodgers will serve as the Green Bay Packers ' No. 1 tight end, especially with Andrew Quarless (knee) ruled out. Expect Rodgers to take on a normal workload, which has equated to five targets per game (including playoffs) this season.
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