Aaron Rodgers shows tough love to Packers' young WRs because he cares
GREEN BAY,Robert Nkemdiche Jersey Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers put his hands on his hips and shook his head. The Green Bay Packers' quarterback was obviously displeased.Demaryius Thomas Jersey
Rodgers had just thrown a quick out route toward the right sideline during Monday’s organized team activities. Rookie wide receiver Trevor Davis was on the receiving end -- or was supposed to be, but the ball caromed off his hands.Rolando McClain Jersey
Exactly what had gone awry on the incompletion wasn’t clear from the sideline. Had the fifth-round draft pick from California run his route at the wrong depth? Had he come out of his break too early?Olivier Vernon Jersey Too late? Not even Davis was sure immediately afterward. But this much was clear: Rodgers believed Davis had done something wrong,Richard Rodgers Jersey and Rodgers' frustrated reaction as Davis headed back toward the huddle was, somehow, a positive?Jonathan Stewart Jersey
“You want to do everything perfectly for him. He wants everything done perfectly -- he’s a perfectionist -- and you want to be the exact same way. So having him come to you is actually a good thing,Cyrus Jones Jersey even though you made a mistake,” Davis explained afterward. “Because you know he wants you to do it right.Doug Baldwin Jersey That helps a lot.”
Davis actually made a very good first impression on Rodgers after the draft -- when the receiver managed to overcome his nervousness about meeting the two-time NFL MVP and fellow Cal alum. Rodgers liked Davis immediately for his speed (4.James Harrison Jersey37-second 40-yard dash), smooth athleticism and his eager-to-learn, eager-to-please personality.AJ McCarron Jersey
But, Rodgers said, that was exactly why he reacted the way he did after the botched pass.
“You’ve got to test [them] out a little bit. You’ve got to see how they respond to the way you talk to them and you lead them and you get on them,” Rodgers said. “Like I would tell him, I’m only going to get on somebody I care about and I think could be a player. I’m not going to waste my time unless I believe in a guy