GREEN BAY – On his first throw of training camp, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers dropped back and heaved a fade pass high for receiver Randall Cobb.
It was the type of 50-50 ball Rodgers tends to throw in camp, giving his target a chance to make a play. Cobb settled under the football alongside cornerback Kevin King. When King skied over Cobb, who had no limitations at practice after spending part of his summer in a walking boot, the crowd lining Ray Nitschke Field applauded what sure looked like an interception.
“That wasn’t an interception,” Rodgers said sharply afterward in the locker room.
Naturally, King disagreed. Asked in the locker room after practice, the second-year corner swore he had first possession and held onto the football. Rodgers maintained Cobb wrestled possession away from King.
Asked if King’s interception was reminiscent of the infamous “Fail Mary” in 2012, when Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s pass to Golden Tate was controversially ruled a game-winning touchdown, Rodgers disagreed.
“That wasn’t even close,” Rodgers said. “I mean, that’s a terrible reference. One is one guy has one hand on the ball, and the other guy’s got it on his chest. Go back and look at the tape. Who had the ball in their chest when both guys hit the ground? Silly, silly question.”
Clearly, it didn’t take long for competitive intensity to spike in camp. Regardless of Rodgers’ belief his pass was completed and not picked, the quarterback said he’s been impressed with King.
“How did Kevin do? Kevin made a couple plays,” Rodgers said. “But that was a completion. So we completed some balls today.”