It’s officially a new era at the Green Bay Packers facility as the rookie minicamp starts this weekend. The Packers began their rookie minicamp Friday without Aaron Rodgers on the roster. With a plethora of draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents flooding into Green Bay this weekend, the equipment staff gave Rodgers’ old locker and new jersey number to a player on this year’s roster.
Aaron Rodgers’ old locker has been given to a rookie
According to Rob Demovsky with ESPN, Packers fifth-round draft pick Sean Clifford was given Rodgers’ old locker. On the plate reads number eight, the same number Rodgers will wear with the New York Jets. It’s a simple but obvious message from the Packers organization, Rodgers has been replaced.
Clifford said he appreciated the history of who was in that locker but said his ultimate goal is to be the best Packers player he can be:
“I’m first and formost just blessed to be a Green Bay Packer and be in the NFL, that’s what I’m really excited about. Secondly, I obviously understand who was in here before and I respect everything about that. At the same time, I came in, I found my name on the plate and I sat down…It’s a locker to me and I’m just excited to be in the locker room with these guys.”
Rookie QB Sean Clifford has already been told a time (or 10) who had his locker before him. (Hint: He now plays for the Jets, and it’s not Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Tim Boyle or Billy Turner) pic.twitter.com/r4MuleKxPp
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 5, 2023
The fifth-round draft pick will have a chance to earn his sport in the Packers locker room. General manager Brian Gutekunst said he wanted to see how Clifford and Jordan Love did in reps this spring before deciding if he needed to bring in a veteran quarterback in camp. Clifford isn’t amazed with the footsteps he’s walking into this season. He seems focused on doing his job for the Packers. That’s a good sign for the young rookie.
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