Matt LaFleur: Not a necessity to see Aaron Rodgers in preseason

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The Packers were expected to start Aaron Rodgers at quarterback on Thursday night, but he was scratched just before the game against the Ravens due to back tightness.

After the game, head coach Matt LaFleur said there were no long-term concerns about Rodgers’s health and that the team didn’t want to create any by playing him at less than 100 percent in the preseason. With starters unlikely to play in the fourth week of the preseason, that leaves one game for the Packers to get Rodgers some work but LaFleur didn’t commit to anything after Thursday’s game.

“I think we’d like to see him, but you’re talking about a veteran quarterback who’s played a lot of football,” LaFleur said, via the team’s website. “It’s not a necessity, but it’s certainly something we’d like to see.”

The Packers take on the Raiders next Thursday in Winnipeg and it will likely be at least a few days before the team announces any plans for Rodgers for that game. If he doesn’t play, the intrigue of seeing Rodgers in a new offense for the first time will be a big part of the buildup to the Packers kicking off the 2019 season against the Bears.

11 responses to “Matt LaFleur: Not a necessity to see Aaron Rodgers in preseason

  1. “I think we’d like to see him, but you’re talking about a veteran quarterback who’s played a lot of football,” LaFleur said, via the team’s website. “It’s not a necessity, but it’s certainly something we’d like to see.”
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    In other words, Aaron told his HC he doesn’t get paid enough to play in preseason games.

  2. “I think we’d like to see him, but you’re talking about a veteran quarterback who’s played a lot of football,” LaFleur said, via the team’s website. “It’s not a necessity, but it’s certainly something we’d like to see.”
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    Translation: “It’s up to Aaron since he is in charge of the organization from practice rules to beer prices”

  3. Its really not necessary. And arguably in the case of the ‘aging masters’ like Rogers, or Brees and Brady for that matter, the team is better served by having their future guys getting the preseason snaps while veterans are perfectly well off just getting in a bunch of practice snaps in camp and maybe a series or two in a game, just enough so they get quick look at game speed again before the season starts. There is no competition for the job that needs to be settled, the only concern for each team is to have someone ready in the wings so its best to focus on that.

  4. We dont need to see Rodgers in the preseason.we all know what he can do in any offense.let the Bears be the first team to see him(be victimized) in action in his new offense.they dont need to show anything,it will come soon enough.

  5. You will see Aaron against Oakland on Thursday. MLF is just saying if something happened and he couldn’t play then it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

    I’d like to see all the starters for a half against Oakland and then you shut them down for the 4th preseason game. The first and the fourth games are just about player evaluation.

    I am enjoying watching Allen Lazard and Darrius Shepherd forcing Gute to have very tough decisions at WR. 1 thru 5 are set, but Shep and Lazard are making a strong case for 6 and 7. The fact Shepherd can handle punts/kicks may have already cost Trevor Davis a job. I don’t see a way J’Mon Moore makes the 53 at this point.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  6. freefromcommonsense says

    You will see Aaron against Oakland on Thursday.
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    Are you sure?

    Aaron has a built in excuse not to play as the game is in Winnipeg, not on a true NFL caliber field.

    Aaron didn’t have a stiff back last night, he just didn’t want to play against an NFL defense.

  7. Moore’s still got potential. I hope they can keep him on the practice squad until he gets his alligator arms figured out.

  8. And the irrational hatred for Aaron Rodgers continues as is downshifts to unintelligible Barney gibberish, though it still retains that same hint of jealousy and envy.

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