Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on record as stating the team’s running game is superfluous to the offense’s success.
“The run has to be good enough to keep them honest, but we’re going to have to throw the football to win games. We’re going to have to run it probably a little bit more than we did last year,” Rodgers told NFL Network in July. “It starts with the passing game with us and with most teams as well.”
Wide receiver Greg Jennings isn’t so quick to dismiss the importance of the ground game.
“Obviously we need some type of running game,” Jennings said Tuesday morning on “NFL AM.” “Any form of a running game would help us out a huge deal, being that we are so pass-happy at times.”
In six seasons with the Packers, Jennings has compiled 389 catches for 6,171 yards with 49 TDs. He missed the final three games of the 2011 regular season after injuring his left knee in a Week 14 blowout win against the Raiders, keeping him from his fourth straight 1,000-yard season.
From Jennings’ perspective a solid ground game would alleviate some of the coverage schemes defenses throw his way.
“As a receiver you love (passing), but as a receiver you also hate when the defenders are yelling ‘pass, pass, pass’ every single snap,” he said.
Jennings sees the signing of free agent running back Cedric Benson, who is coming off three straight 1000-yard seasons, as a huge boost to the offense.
“What CB will bring to the table will be huge for us,” he said. “He can catch out of the backfield, he can get downhill, he can make guys miss, it will be an exciting year for him.”