Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told USA TODAY Sports that training camp will be “a little different” this year not having wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.
“Not having those two and a good friend of mine, Charles Woodson, who I played with for a long time just like those guys — that’s different,” Rodgers told USA TODAY Sports at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe.
Jennings signed a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings in March, while Driver, 38, retired in February.
Since Rodgers took over for Brett Favre as the starting quarterback in 2008, Jennings and Driver have combined for 567 catches. But last season, Jennings missed eight games due to injuries and had just 36 receptions, while Driver played in 13 games but only had eight receptions.
“So, we’re a different football team,” Rodgers said. “Lacking a little in the experience part, but making up for it in the talent and the young guys that we brought in.”
The Packers’ four leading receivers were Randall Cobb (80 catches for 954 yards, eight touchdowns), James Jones (64-784-14), tight end Jermichael Finley (61-667-2) and Jordy Nelson (49-745-7).
“At the beginning of the season, everybody’s goal is to win a championship, and everybody’s got a better team,” Rodgers said.
“So, we’ll see what happens once we get out there.”