It isn’t taking long for Amari Rodgers to make an impression on his new coaches in Green Bay.
Matt LaFleur got his first opportunity to see his new rookie class in action over the weekend as minicamps started across the league and the Packers head coach is certain that Rodgers’ versatility will be a valuable asset to his team.
“He’s a well-built kid. He looks like a grown man. He has that big, running back, thick frame,” LaFleur said. “Then you watch him run routes and he doesn’t move like most traditional running backs. We’re really excited about just the versatility that he could potentially bring to our offense and also his contribution on special teams.”
LaFleur said that Rodgers will also work out returning kicks, something the wideout is well-versed in after excelling on special teams at Clemson.
“He’s going to have that opportunity. We’ll work him at both punt return and kick return. We’ll see what he can handle mentally,” LaFleur said. “He seems to be a very sharp guy that’s very hungry. That’s always an important part of the process.”
LaFleur said he’s confident that receivers coach Jason Vrable and assistant Ruvell Martin will get Rodgers “caught up to the veterans in short order,” meaning the rookie wide receiver should have plenty of opportunities to make an impact in 2021.
“We’ll load up as much as he can handle,” LaFleur said.