One by one, the Green Bay Packers’ wide receivers were swarmed at their lockers on Wednesday.
The general question: Why couldn’t they get open during Sunday’s 29-10 loss at Denver?
First, it was James Jones, who was targeted twice and caught one pass for 2 yards.
“I feel like we’ve been getting open but, like I tell everybody all the time, when the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos come in (to work) on Wednesday, they’ve got a check, too,” he said. “You know what I mean? It’s the National Football League, man. You’re not going to be screaming wide open down the field every time. You’re not going to make a perfect throw every time. You’re not going to have a clean pocket every time. It’s a football game, and you’re going to have some plays where you scramble, you’re going to have some plays where you make tough catches, you’re going to have some plays where you’re wide open, you’re going to have some plays where the quarterback uses his legs. It’s a football game. They get paid, too. We’ve been going up against some good defenses, so we’ll keep on getting better, keep chugging away.”
Next, it was Randall Cobb, who was targeted nine times and caught six passes for just 27 yards.
“We’ve heard it before,” Cobb said. “We’ve heard it in the past. It’s nothing new. Every time we lose, it’s on us. We take pride in what we do. That’s part of it. We’ve heard the noise before. I’m sure at some point we’ll hear it again. We’re going to continue to play as well as we can and try to go out and make plays.”
Finally, it was Davante Adams, who was targeted twice and caught one pass for 8 yards.
“That we lost. I mean, that’s the overlying fact,” Adams said of what he saw on film. “We didn’t come out with the win, and we put a lot of preparation in and didn’t execute the way that we wanted to and that’s the main thing. You practice all week and you spend a lot of time to ultimately get a victory. To see that one loss in the column, that’s not our standard. We chase perfection and that’s what we didn’t accomplish this past week. It’s on to a new week and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish this week.”
After the game, Rodgers said he surveyed the Broncos’ defense and found no one open “a good amount.” On Wednesday, Rodgers lamented some missed opportunities, including an overthrow of Randall Cobb, who fought off a defensive holding penalty and might have turned into a 77-yard touchdown.
Over the past four games, the Packers rank 27th in scoring and near the bottom of numerous key categories.
“I think it’s just about executing the plan a little bit better,” Rodgers said. “It’s been a good plan, we just haven’t made it work enough. We haven’t thrown the ball well enough, we haven’t gotten open well enough. Third down has been a big disappointment. We’re used to being a top 10 third-down offense and when you’re able to convert those you’re able to get more plays and most of the time get more points. We have to do a better job in situational football and throw it better and catch it better.”
Packers injury report
Name (injury): Wednesday
LB Clay Matthews (ankle/knee): Limited
WR Ty Montgomery (ankle): Limited
OLB Nick Perry (shoulder/hand): Limited
FB Aaron Ripkowski (illness): DNP
CB Quinten Rollins (neck): DNP
CB Sam Shields (shoulder): DNP
Panthers injury report
Name (injury): Wednesday
DE Mario Addison (shoulder): Limited
TE Ed Dickson (hamstring): Limited
DT Dwan Edwards (ankle): Limited
C Ryan Kalil (ankle): DNP
CB Josh Norman (illness): DNP
G Andrew Norwell (hamstring): DNP
LB Shaq Thompson (knee): Full
C Fernando Velasco (shoulder): Limited
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