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Antonio Brown Has Blunt Message For Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Former NFL WR Antonio Brown

Former NFL WR Antonio Brown

A season of struggles for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers continued on Thursday Night Football.

The Packers lost 27-17 to the Tennessee Titans to fall to 4-7 on the season.

Rodgers, in particular, struggled during the loss. He threw two touchdowns but averaged just 5.8 yards per attempt, completing 24 of 39 throws for 227 yards. 

He even acknowledged after the game that he needs to throw the ball better.

While Rodgers missed on a few key passes down the stretch, most of his struggles this season have been chalked up to a lack of weapons. 

Former NFL wideout Antonio Brown hopes not having a go-to guy in the passing game teaches Rodgers a lesson in humility. The seven-time Pro Bowler tweeted Friday morning that he bets Rodgers has gained some appreciation for the wide receivers he's thrown to in the past.

"I bet Arod appreciate the WRs now," Brown tweeted. "Wonder why Adams left."

Brown, of course, referred to former All-Pro wideout Davante Adams, whom the Packers traded to the Las Vegas Raiders during the offseason. With Adams gone, the Packers have been unable to find a new alpha pass-catcher (although rookie Christian Watson, the team's second-round draft pick, has looked the part the past two games).

Despite Brown's assertion, it isn't believed that the Packers moved Adams due to a disagreement between him and Rodgers. 

Once the Packers signed Rodgers to a three-year, $150 million contract extension, they didn't have enough cap space to sign Adams to a lucrative new deal, as well. They placed the franchise tag on Adams in March, but Adams said he wouldn't play on the one-year agreement.

Stirring the pot on social media is nothing new for Brown, who abruptly ended his NFL career when he left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the middle of a game against the New York Jets last season. He's frequently needled Bucs quarterback Tom Brady this year.

That said, Brown has a point that Green Bay's season has been eye-opening. Even Rodgers, the two-time defending NFL MVP, needs help. He hasn't been able to will the Packers back to the playoffs by himself. 

It's still possible that the Packers could add some last-minute help at wide receiver by signing free agent star Odell Beckham Jr.

However, that's looking increasingly unlikely. The Packers are not among the five teams Beckham would reportedly prefer to play for, and their sub-.500 record makes them unlikely to make a move geared toward this season.

Rodgers and the Packers will have their work cut out for them to bounce back from Thursday's loss, as they face the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles on the road a week from Sunday.