A few weeks ago, many Packers’ players, most notably the rookies, showed up in Green Bay for voluntary OTA’s. Missing from these optional practices were notable veterans, namely Aaron Rodgers. Though the Rodgers absence was expected due his dispute with the front office, other veterans were absent as well.
On the first day of mandatory mini camp, Rodgers remained absent while his teammates all reported for duty. For the first time, Jordan Love had the opportunity to take first team reps this offseason with starting wide receivers. The offensive line looks poised to be exciting in its depth, and Jaire Alexander picked up where he left off last season, breaking up plays with great closing speed.
The Elephant on the Field
Of course, the main question everyone was asked in their interviews after practice was how they felt about the Aaron Rodgers situation.
Davante Adams is a ride or die for his QB pic.twitter.com/9lhaGKHAtj
— PFF (@PFF) June 8, 2021
Obviously, Davante Adams is on Aaron Rodgers’ side in this matter. Adams himself is entering the final year of his contract, and whether or not Rodgers is on the team next year could affect his decision on whether or not he will re-sign with the team.
After opting out last season due to COVID-19 concerns the health of his family, Devin Funchess reported to mini camp. Even though he has yet to play a snap with the future Hall of Famer, he does have experience playing with franchise quarterbacks. He had this to say on the matter:
Out of all of the recent quotes from Packers players and coaches on Aaron Rodgers—Devin Funchess stood out to me the most pic.twitter.com/P7qJQxr9HD
— Chancellor Johnson (@ChancellorTV) June 8, 2021
An Anonymous Packers’ Player
Another player, speaking off the record to Tyler Dunne, had this to say:
This is some quote from a current Packer to @TyDunne
“We need to say, ‘F— it, let’s go’ or he’s here … We don’t have time to be waiting around. We’re six weeks from training camp. How much longer are we waiting?”
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) June 8, 2021
Obviously, the Packers are better off with Aaron Rodgers under center. However, his teammates, for the most part, support him and understand that football is a business. Regardless of what Rodgers decides to do, the Packers will be ready to compete.
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