Aaron Rodgers says former Nebraska WR Samori Toure is looking good in practice
The Green Bay Packers were trying to get star quarterback Aaron Rodgers some help in the 2021 NFL Draft, picking three wide receivers. During a recent interview on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers praised all three rookies, including the former Nebraska Cornhusker Samori Tourea seventh-round draft pick.
“Physically, they definitely look like that. All three,” said Rodgers, via Zach Kruse of USA Today. “All of them have physical gifts.”
Toure began his college career in Montana before moving to Nebraska in 2021 for his final season. Toure appeared in 12 games for the Cornhuskers and finished the tournament with 46 catches for 898 yards (19.5 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. He also added eight carries for 63 yards and a touchdown on the floor.
Rodgers also talked about introducing his rookie wideouts to the NFL by playing all three in practice against Green Bay’s top three cornerbacks.
“It’s going to be great. There’s no better teacher for them than going up against our top three corners,” Rodgers said. “So these guys are going to get a really quick introduction to the NFL.”
Earlier this off-season, Toure spoke about the uphill challenge it will be to make the Packers roster for opening day.
“I feel like it’s in my hands, so it depends on the work I put into it, how hard I work when I go home and how I do in training camp,” Toure said. “I feel like it’s all in my hands and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
A late-round pick blessed with athletics, Toure knows he’ll likely need to be more than just a pass catcher to not only make the list, but to make an impact during his rookie season .
“I feel like I can contribute in different ways. I think I can run down at kickoff, I can return kicks, I can return punts if they want me there,” Toure said. “I can get on the gunner point on the punt and also accelerate the punt on the punt return, so I feel like there are a lot of different ways I can influence the team. It’s all about what happens in the end.
“I feel very versatile, I can really play any position at wide receiver. I can play the slot, I can play outside… I feel like a tool that can help the team.”
For the second time in two years, Toure makes the leap to a higher level. He spent last season in Nebraska after transferring from Montana. A cornhusker, Toure led the team with 46 catches, 898 yards and five points — he also rushed for 100 yards against Ohio State and Wisconsin and eventually earned an honorable mention from the Big Ten Conference.
During his time at Montana, Toure was one of FCS’ top receivers and boasted flashy numbers. He finished his Griz career with 155 catches for 2,488 yards and 20 points, ranking in the top 12 in program history in each of those categories.
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His best season came in 2019 as a junior, Toure leading the Big Sky Conference with 1,495 yards and 87 catches, which was enough for him to finish second in the FCS. In his last six games, he’s caught 48 passes for 905 yards and 10 scores — a year-round yard haul that ranks in the top 30 single-season accomplishments at the FCS level.
Raymond Lucas Jr. contributed to this report.