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Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Responds to Aaron Rodgers' Critical Comments

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

With his team in the midst of a three-game losing streak, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a tough message for his teammates earlier this week.

Some have wondered about how those comments would be received by the rest of the locker room.

At least one player who catches passes from Rodgers said it was necessary.

Veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins told reporters on Thursday that he's "with Aaron," and that he would expect to be taken off the field if he's not playing up to the team's standards.

"Sammy Watkins on Aaron Rodgers' comments: 'If you’re not performing or executing … then I’m with Aaron. If I’m not playing well and I’m freaking up and busting plays, get me out of the game because that’s not helping the team.'" -- Matt Schneidman

On Tuesday, Rodgers said on "The Pat McAfee Show" that "guys who are making too many mistakes shouldn't be playing." 

That was widely interpreted as a shot at his offensive teammates, and receivers in particular. Packers' pass-catchers combined to drop five passes during the team's 23-21 loss to the Washington Commanders on Sunday.

Watkins, who made his return to the field last week after missing the previous four games, seems to hope Matt LaFleur and the Packers' coaching staff enforce Rodgers' suggestion.

The Packers will likely need to be perfect, or at least close, if they are going to hang with the 5-1 Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football. The Bills are favored by 11.