Times are changing in Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers admitted it “is a little different” without veteran wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver this season.
Jennings exited via free agency to the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings and Driver, the leading receiver in Green Bay Packers history, is retired.
“Not having those two and a good friend of mine, Charles Woodson, who I played with for a long time just like those guys — that's different," Rodgers told Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “So, we're a different football team. Lacking a little in the experience part, but making up for it in the talent and the young guys that we brought in.”
That puts pressure on the group that was most productive last season when injuries sidelined Jennings for much of the year. Randall Cobb led the team with 80 receptions. James Jones and Jordy Nelson are also at wide receiver with Jermichael Finley in the mix as the tight end.
Rodgers also likes some less heralded players.
“You have Jarrett Boykin, who came on last year and I think his role can increase," Rodgers said. "You have Jeremy Ross, who made some big plays for us. And you've got some undrafted and some drafted guys who are going to be in the mix."
If Rodgers has the kind of season he is capable of, he’ll likely develop some of that young talent.
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