Edgar Bennett knows a little something about catching awkward, end-over-end flips from a quarterback.
“Yeah, maybe,” Bennett, the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator, said on Monday when asked about his playing days with Brett Favre. “Maybe a little bit.”
On the Packers’ first scoring possession of Sunday’s 31-23 victory over Chicago, quarterback Aaron Rodgers felt some heat for one of the few times in the game. When Rodgers stepped up in the pocket, linebacker Christian Jones charged forward. Just as Jones was about to hit Rodgers, Rodgers flipped a pass toward Eddie Lacy in the flat. The ball floated over outside linebacker Jared Allen and Lacy made a tremendous one-handed catch on the run for a gain of 9 yards and a first down. The Packers turned that drive into a touchdown.
“How many times have you seen me throw a ball like that? Not often,” Rodgers said after the game. “I don’t think that’s one thing we’re going to look back on and say it’s a real positive. It was just kind of playing the game there. Luckily, it was just far enough out there for Eddie to make a play. I was just talking to him actually in the locker room about that. Eddie’s a character, he was taking me through his thought process on that play. One of those, ‘No, no, no, he’s throwing it. What is this? Oh, I caught it. Oh, I’m Randy Moss.’”
Bennett said it wasn't an “Oh, no! ... Oh, Yes!” moment while watching the play unfold on Sunday. That’s the type of confidence the coaches have in Rodgers, the NFL’s career leader in interception percentage.
“We're definitely confident in Aaron's decision-making,” Bennett said. “(He) played an outstanding game this past Sunday. And just the trust that we have in him and he has in his teammates. I think it speaks on that (play, the) trust in Eddie to make that play. That's really the bottom line — any time Aaron gives our guy an opportunity to make a play, make the play. We continue to build trust, and that trust, you have confidence now. As we move forward, each and every guy knows what's expected from him.”
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