Realistically, no one expects any of the receivers the Green Bay Packers drafted to contribute much in their first season. You’ve got to earn Aaron Rodgers’ trust, which sometimes takes years.
Some guys are never able to earn Rodgers’ trust.
Maybe the one exception was Davante Adams. Although Adams wasn’t a huge factor in his rookie year, he did put up better numbers than most receivers who pair with Rodgers for the first time. Adams caught 38 balls for 446 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.
That was highlighted by a six-catch, 128-yard effort against the New England Patriots during that 2014 season. So if you take the rest of the totals, not really impressive at all.
However, the Packers will likely be looking to at least one of the three receivers they drafted this year to make a contribution. Based on what he has to say, it seems like fourth-round pick J’Mon Moore gets it.
The highest of the Packers’ three receiver picks, Moore has obviously been reading up. And what does he say about playing for the Packers?
Well, let’s start off with flattering QB1 and then talking about being a perfectionist, which is what we know Rodgers requires to gain the vaunted trust nod.
“A-Rod, he’s the ‘GOAT,’” Moore said. “I’m ready to meet him. I’m ready to go out there and work with him and hopefully be one of his favorite targets. I’m going to make sure I’m on my ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and make sure I’m working and make sure I get that connection with him (and) go out there and put up some yards for him.”
I mean, if you’re an incoming receiver for the Packers, that’s the script. 1. Kiss Rodgers’ ass. 2. Tell him you are going to work your ass off. 3. Tell him, you too, are a perfectionist.
If 2 and 3 are true, Moore will be a major factor in the Packers’ offense early on.
We haven’t really seen it with Rodgers yet, but he may have no choice but to trust a rookie somewhat this year.