Why Sammy Watkins believes Aaron Rodgers is on ‘a different level’ than Patrick Mahomes


Sammy Watkins knows there are levels to this, and Aaron Rodgers is on his own.

The wide receiver has only spent an offseason with the Packers so far, but Rodgers has clearly left an impression on him. An impression so strong, in fact, that Watkins believes that Rodgers is on a “whole different level” from another All-Pro passer he’s spent time with.

Watkins played alongside Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes between 2018 and 2020, but Mahomes just doesn’t match up, according to Watkins.

“I’ve been with both of them, and I’m gonna be honest, I think Pat (Mahomes) is unbelievably good, but A-Rod is on a whole different level,” he said in July. “He makes me calm just to be in the huddle with him. 

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More recently, ahead of the Chiefs-Packers preseason finale on Thursday, Watkins explained the difference between the two All-Pro passers little bit more, saying that Rodgers’ mental traits are just as strong as his physical traits.

“He’s amazing — how he controls the ball, how he puts everybody in place,” Watkins said. “I’ve been with a lot of quarterbacks, and I’ve never seen them carry themselves like Aaron Rodgers.”

Watkins has played with some All-Pro passers aside from Mahomes and Rodgers, including Lamar Jackson and Jared Goff, so he’s familiar with the strengths of each. He’s also played with E.J. Manuel, Kyle Orton and others, so clearly he knows the weaknesses of NFL passers, too.

While picking between Mahomes and Rodgers is like choosing French toast or pancakes, it’s pretty apparent that Watkins has his breakfast of choice.

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