“It was one of the worst card sessions we’ve had,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know how you can make it any simpler. You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I’m accustomed to. I’ve been running that period for a number of years.As the General Notice reads, "To obtain promotion, ability must be shown for greater responsibility."
“So it’s not a good start for us on the card period for the young guys.”
Rodgers then drew a line in the sand. He made clear which young receivers have earned his favor: Geronimo Allison, DeAngelo Yancey and Jake Kumerow.
“Everybody else,” Rodgers said, “was kind of piss poor.”
The ability to get open against the first team defense now is what the quarterback is looking for.
The promotion is to be running patterns in practice with Aaron Rodgers in September.
Rodgers didn’t offer any excuses for his young receivers, but he did provide a reason. This deep into camp, he knows, players get tired. “I’m tired too,” he said. Perhaps that’s why practice ended not with a meaningful rep, but Rodgers discarding the football toward tackle dummies.Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
That fatigue can lead to a short fuse, Rodgers admitted. It shouldn’t open the door to missed assignments. As the practice portion of the Packers' preseason winds down — the team has just five more full practices left this month, and none until Sunday — Rodgers made it clear he expects more.
“When you’re a little gassed,” Rodgers said, “the mental part of it starts to go. The focus goes away, and there wasn’t the same energy at practice. Obviously, I’ve got to do a better job of bringing that when I feel it, but we’ve got to pick each other up and be a little sharper.”