Packers WR Jared Abbrederis Delivers Before Latest Injury

If healthy, Jared Abbrederis looks like a potential difference-maker for an offense that’s in dire need of difference-makers.

The best and worst of Jared Abbrederis was on display during the Green Bay Packers’ frantic comeback against Detroit.

On 19 snaps, Abbrederis caught four passes for 57 yards. With the game on the line, MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the trust in Abbrederis to throw him three passes in a span of four plays, including a 32-yarder that set up a touchdown that pulled the Packers within 12-10 with 5:55 remaining.

But that play showed the worst in Abbrederis. Can he withstand the physicality? After missing all of 2014 with a knee injury and almost all of training camp this summer with a concussion, Abbrederis was on the receiving end of a crunching blow from safety Glover Quin.

“That’s football You’re going to take shots,” Abbrederis said on Monday. “You’ve got to get back up and try to get out there as quick as possible. Obviously, yeah, going through it, you’re hoping it’s nothing serious or anything like that. That’s football. You’re going to take hits. You’ve got to bounce back.”

Abbrederis sustained injured ribs on the play. He wouldn’t say whether the ribs were broken and he wouldn’t predict whether he’d be available for Sunday’s showdown at Minnesota.

“I’m always expecting myself to play. We’ll see what happens,” he said.

If healthy, Abbrederis looks like a potential difference-maker for an offense that’s in dire need of difference-makers. Compare the production for Abbrederis, who was targeted seven times, to the zero catches (two targets) for James Jones, who played 86 snaps, and the five catches (10 targets) for 53 yards for Randall Cobb, who played 82 snaps.

“It was great seeing him finally getting an opportunity,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said, “because we've seen him compete at a high level in practice, and he's being doing it back to back to back as far as weeks in practice. He earned the opportunity and he made the most of his opportunity. That was great to see. Some of what you saw yesterday was an example of what he's been doing on the practice field for the last three or four weeks.”

Considering the 2014 fifth-round pick spent his rookie season on injured reserve and was released at the end of camp this summer because of the concussion, getting an opportunity and delivering was a major milestone for the Wisconsin native and former University of Wisconsin star.

“It felt good but, obviously, I don’t really care about stats or anything like that. I just want to win the game,” Abbrederis said. “It felt good to be out there getting some reps and catching a couple passes but, like I said, stats don’t really mean much to me.”

After the game, Rodgers said it was important to get the best players on the field. Presumably, he was talking about Abbrederis — assuming he’ll be healthy enough to contribute vs. the Vikings.

“I knew I’d have some opportunities, just talking to EB (Bennett) throughout the week,” Abbrederis said. “His confidence in me, it all stems off of that. He gives me a lot of confidence in myself. That’s a good relationship. And then obviously with Aaron, I got some passes throughout the week in practices so you get that trust. But you have to do it in the game and then, once you do that, you gain his trust. But it’s an everyday process. You have to gain his trust in doing your job, so that’s just what you try to do each day.”

 
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