The Green Bay Packers haven’t had a tight end like Jimmy Graham in some time. Jared Cook might have been that guy if he would have stayed healthy during his one season in Green Bay. However, before he got hurt, quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to him much.
That likely speaks to the trust factor. Like many receivers the Packers put out there, Rodgers just won’t throw to them. He doesn’t trust them.
It appears Rodgers already trusts Graham, who the Packers added this offseason. And I stress the word appears.
He talked about Graham’s ability to read coverages quickly last week.
“That guy is pretty damn talented though,” Rodgers said. “He’s got some different elements that we haven’t had around here in awhile, with his ability to read coverages really quickly. He catches everything with his hands. We’re pretty excited about him.”
This week, coach Mike McCarthy remarked on the chemistry that seems to be developing between Rodgers and Graham already — something that’s pretty much unheard of.
“He’s really connected with Aaron. I really like the amount of work, the quality of work, we’ve been able to get done the last two weeks, particularly in the competitive periods,” McCarthy said. “We just gotta make sure we take advantage of moving him around. He has the ability to play multiple positions.”
You have to like the sound of that. Name one first-year receiver — rookie or veteran — that has had a great first year with Rodgers. The best was Davante Adams, who caught 38 for 446 in 2014. We wouldn’t call that great.
In fact, in the transition from Brett Favre to Rodgers, James Jones went from more than 600 yards with Favre to 274 yards with Rodgers.
Hopefully, Graham will turn out to be the exception to the rule. Everything seems to point in that direction, but we’re only in OTAs right now. We’ll believe it when we actually see it on the field in September.