Cobb: Rodgers' Outburst "Blown Out Of Proportion"

In August, Aaron Rodgers criticized his rookie wide receivers for their effort in practice

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September 04, 2018 - 10:53 am

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In early August, Aaron Rodgers called out his rookie wide receivers for their “piss poor” effort at practice. 

Needless to say, that made national news.

“I think it definitely got blown out of proportion, but that’s what happens with anything he says: it definitely is a headline,” Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb said on The DA Show. “But I think it was his way of challenging the rookies. We have some really talented rookie receivers this year. I think it was his way of challenging them to be more prepared and to become more pros than what they showcased the first couple weeks of preseason.” 

Indeed, Rodgers wanted more from J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown – and that’s what he got.

Cobb, who is entering his eighth season, enjoys playing with a demanding quarterback like Rodgers.

“As a professional myself, I set the bar really high for myself,” Cobb said. “I have a high expectation for myself. So having someone like him that has the same expectation for himself as the people around him, I think that’s why we mesh so well – because we’re always pushing each other to become better, pushing each other to be on the same page and do everything we can to find a way to perform at the highest level.”

The Packers went 7-9 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Losing Rodgers to a broken collarbone in Week 6 had a lot to do with that, as Green Bay had started 4-1.

“Whenever you have one of the top players in the history of the game go down, it’s always tough to continue to push on,” Cobb said. “But we had a lot of games left. We thought that maybe we could find a way to make a playoff push and get him back late in the season, but things didn’t quite go that way.”

The Packers went 3-8 in their final 11 games, with two of the wins coming in overtime.

“It definitely was frustrating at times, but we pushed through,” Cobb said. “Every week we were working hard in practice and trying to do everything we could to prepare ourselves and go out and win games, but it just didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.”

The Packers hope for a better fate in 2018. They open the season at home against Chicago on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.