Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers teammates
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers hasn’t lost the support of two of his closest friends and teammates as his stalemate with the Green Bay Packers continued with his absence from the team’s mandatory minicamp.
All-Pros Davante Adams and David Bakhtiari backed their quarterback while making sure they didn’t criticize the organization to which they are still contractually bound.
“I’ve got it all behind me so he knows that at the end of the day he’ll know where I am,” said Adams on Tuesday. “I’ll stand on the f — ing mountain and shout on the mountaintop that I’ve got his back.”
Adams added that on Rodgers’s side, he doesn’t think he’s necessarily critical of the organization.
“I think every GM, every president, every owner should have the kind of people who support their players, especially a player like that,” said Adams. “It’s just a good quality. It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Forget the front office,’ like I’m not respecting what you have in front of you.”
For Adams it was his first Green Bay appearance since the beginning of the offseason program. He skipped OTA practices but said he did not organize a boycott among the recipient group. The top five returnees stayed away until the mandatory mini camp that week. Although Adams was present now, he did not do much in practice, but worked on the side.
Bakhtiari, the left tackle who spent part of his off-season with Rodgers at the Kentucky Derby, said he would not try to influence Rodgers’ decision to return to the Packers.
“To me, Aaron Rodgers is important from a friend’s point of view,” said Bakhtiari. “Whatever he wants to do, whatever the situation, I’ll never hold it against him. This is my friend. This is someone I valued and he has done a lot for this organization and a lot for me.” as an individual.
“As a teammate, I’d be idiotic to say I don’t want the MVP back. He’s the league’s MVP last year. He’s done amazing things from a quarterback perspective, our quarterback position, but not just for the franchise . So absolutely. “
Bakhtiari, who tore a cruciate ligament on Dec. 31 and therefore worked aside during exercise, said he told Rodgers that he would assist him in any decision.
“I definitely told him, I’m going to say, ‘You know what, whatever happens, look, it’s out of my control [and] The situation is between you and the organization, and that’s where it will stay, ‘”said Bakhtiari.”‘ I don’t want to get in there at any time. I respect you as a friend and as it turns out, I won’t take anything personally. ‘”
Packers trainer Matt LaFleur wouldn’t say if the team would apologize for Rodger’s absence from the minicamp and thereby waive the fines he is subject to. The Packers could fine Rodgers up to $ 93,085 for missing the three-day camp. The fine for missing the first day of camp is $ 15,515, followed by fines of $ 31,030 for Wednesday and $ 46,540 for Thursday.
Four Packers players were kept out of the minicamp due to COVID protocols: Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Elgton Jenkins and Dean Lowry.
However, Rodgers was the only player who was considered a mini camp holdout. It is the first time in his career that he has skipped the mandatory mini camp.
“You would love it if everyone was here,” said LaFleur. “It is what it is man and we are going to focus and control and work on the guys that are here and try to help them get the best of their skills and train them the best we can . “
Without Rodgers, the Packers gave the majority of the No. 1 quarterback reps to Jordan Love, just like they did with OTAs. Love fought with accuracy on Tuesday, missing several throws and failing his only attempt on the two-minute drill.
“He needs every rep he can get right now,” LaFleur said of Love. “He’s a young quarterback who wasn’t granted preseason last year and so we’re going to give him as many as he can handle. We’ll spell him every now and then, but I just think any rep he takes is so valuable. ” and he can learn from both good and bad. “