Amari Rodgers First Preseason Game Listed as ‘Dud’ by Packers Beat Writer

Green Bay opened the preseason last week with a 26-7 loss to the Texans.

While it was not the start the Packers were looking for as a whole, it certainly wasn’t the start Amari Rodgers had envisioned for himself.

The former Clemson wideout finished with three catches for just 15 yards, with Packers beat writer Zack Cruse listing it among the dud performances in Green Bay’s first game of the preseason.

He ran 18 routes from the slot but caught just three passes for 15 yards, and all three catches were at or near the line of scrimmage. On his first target, he couldn’t get enough separation on an in-breaking route but probably had a chance to make the play on a tight-window throw from Jordan Love. It fell incomplete with the safety lurking. Rodgers also fumbled a punt return into the end zone, and when given a second chance via penalty, called a fair catch inside the 20-yard line with at least 10 yards of space around him in each direction.

In the grand scheme of things this is just one game, and his first game at the NFL level at that. Anyone that followed Rodgers college career with the Tigers knows this kind of performance will likely be the exception more than it will the norm. Especially considering all the positives being spoken by the coaching staff about him throughout training camp.

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