Now reunited by a summer trade at the quarterback’s behest, the last time Rodgers and veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb played a game together as teammates, it was the 2018 regular-season finale, and Packers team photographer captured the two sharing a pregame hug. While Rodgers’ face was obscured, Cobb was clearly in tears.
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Matt LaFleur’s last words on the competition for the No. 6 wide receiver spot were to call it “a fight right down to the finish.” But it was the phrase he used before that — ”If we do choose to keep six” — that matters more. With the top five of Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and rookie third-round pick Amari Rodgers set, it’s up to Malik Taylor (above), Equanimeous St. Brown and Reggie Begelton to show that it’s worth a roster spot to keep one of them. So far, none has stated such a case that clearly, although Taylor has probably had the best camp of the bunch, followed by Begelton.
By Aaron Rodgers’ math — although let’s be honest, after what happened with former UW-Whitewater star Jake Kumerow at the end of training camp a year ago, the quarterback’s ability to read roster-cutdown tea leaves isn’t infallible — there are five spots on the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver depth chart locked up: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and rookie third-round pick Amari Rodgers. After that? Some heated competition among roster holdovers Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor, veteran Devin Funchess, former practice-squad member Reggie Begelton and intriguing longshot Juwann Winfree.
GREEN BAY — Brian Gutekunst made himself crystal clear: Randall Cobb would not be a member of the Green Bay Packers had Aaron Rodgers not wanted him on the team.
Consistency has been missing in all of the other wideouts.
Green Bay has had seven receivers at practice this week, but only one, Malik Taylor, has caught an NFL regular-season pass.
Working with athletic trainer Nate Weir, David Bakhtiari went through a variety of footwork drills, medicine ball exercises and strength moves as he aims to return to the lineup in time for the team’s Sept. 12 season opener at New Orleans.
“It feels so good to be out there with these guys,” LaFleur said.
With news of the rift between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers breaking just before the 2021 NFL Draft kicked off, Green Bay fans can be forgiven…