Normally in the NFL, when a team brings in a guy to replace another guy, the guy being replaced isn’t too happy about it. Then again, Richard Rodgers isn’t really a normal guy.
Rodgers has been described (by a college teammate) to me as very likable. Happy, one of the guys, fun to be around. This same person also noted that he’s not terribly gifted in the skill department and suggested he possibly gets opportunities because of his winning personality.
You can take that for what it’s worth, but Rodgers’ reaction to Cook coming in to potentially take his job seems to reinforce at least the first part of that tale.
“It was fun to get to talk to him a little bit on the phone before he made it official, and then [at the start of the offseason program],” Rodgers said. “I think he’s really excited about the opportunity and we’re excited to have him. It’s a good tight end crew. They’ve got a new coach, so it’ll be fun to see the integration between the players and the new staff.”
Most of us believe Cook will be a compliment to Rodgers. We feel the Packers will use both tight ends because they bring different things to the table.
Cook brings athleticism and is a big target at 6-5. He’s not sure-handed, though.
Rodgers is the opposite. Very sure-handed, not very athletic.
There should be a role for both guys, but let’s be honest. There will likely be more opportunities for Cook, which means less for Rodgers.
Rodgers ain’t mad, though.
You could look at that in one of two ways.
Either he’s a great teammate and a team-first guy or he has no competitive fire.