The 2022 NFL trade deadline has come and gone... and yet still, Aaron Rodgers has no true WR1. It's incredible, really, that he was begging team management for more receiving talent even before the Davante Adams trade. Now, the problem's been magnified ten-fold.
2022 second-round WR Christian Watson hasn't been able to stay healthy. Ancient Randall Cobb is on IR with an ankle injury. Romeo Doubs hasn't been up to Aaron's standards. Yet still, the team has let yet another trade deadline pass without making a single move to help support the offense.
USA Today's Ryan Wood notes Rodgers's reaction:
"Brian didn't think whatever was out there was worth whatever was required of what was given up. That just sends a message to us that we've got to play with the guys we've got and win with the guys we've got."
The Packers seriously signed Rodgers to a three-year, $150.8 million contract earlier this offseason just to watch him throw to Romeo Doubs and Sammy Watkins. Wild.
Aaron Rodgers has averaged 225 pass yards per game in Weeks 1-8 — the second-lowest average through the first eight weeks of a season in Rodgers' career.
He's also throwing touchdowns at a rate of 4.7% — his third-lowest TD rate through the first eight weeks of a season.
Rodgers is facing the fifth-lowest pressure rate among QBs this season... yet 30% of his passes have been behind the line of scrimmage. Per NFL Next Gen Stats, the NFL average target rate behind the line of scrimmage is 18%.