Aaron Rodgers feeling good, whether he gets preseason snaps or not

AP

Aaron Rodgers returned to practice Monday after missing Thursday’s preseason game and Sunday’s practice with back tightness.

“It kind of locked up on me last week,” Rodgers said, via Jim Owczarski of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I was going through treatment Wednesday and Thursday, the morning of the game. I was just slowly feeling better every day. Thought about practicing [Sunday], but today was kind of a better option for me. So, felt good out there.”

General Manager Brian Gutekunst said Monday the plan remains for Rodgers to play against the Raiders in Winnipeg on Thursday.

Rodgers said he will leave the decision to Matt LaFleur but doesn’t believe preseason snaps are necessary to be ready for the season opener.

“The best reps I’m going to see all summer are in practice,” Rodgers said. “If Matt wants us to play, we’ll play and go out and compete. If not, I feel pretty good about where we’re at.”

Rodgers doesn’t understand what the big deal is about playing in the preseason, pointing out that Sean McVay’s philosophy is to sit his starters in the preseason. The Rams won the NFC last season anyway.

The Packers have a new coach and a new system, but Rodgers feels comfortable with where he is and where the offense is, with . . . or without preseason snaps.

“The preseason, you don’t carry those wins over to the regular season,” Rodgers said. “I do find it interesting that some teams get a pass this time of year. The Rams don’t play anybody, and not many people talk about that fact. Now, the counter would be, ‘Well, this is a new system.’ I get it, but we’ve spent a number of practices from May and June and training camp in July and now in August running this stuff, running unscripted periods, where he has to call the play in.

“I feel very comfortable in the offense conceptually, philosophically, enunciating the plays, getting us in the right formation, getting the checks within the play easily figured out. I feel very comfortable with it. If we didn’t play, I’d feel great going into Week One. If we did, I wouldn’t really be worried too much about the results. If we go down and score a touchdown, it’s not going to give me any more confidence than I already have in the scheme. If we go three-and-out, it’s not going to dampen any confidence that I have in what we’ve established so far in the training camp practices.”

71 responses to “Aaron Rodgers feeling good, whether he gets preseason snaps or not

  1. Of course he feels good he simply looks at his bloated bank account and that cures everything. The most overrated quarterback in the league go look for yourself he and Favre have almost identical stats in every major category with one exception – Favre was a likable guy

  2. The Diva doesn’t want to come out and play. It’s so cute he uses the press for his passive aggressiveness towards his coaches to state he doesn’t need to play but if the coaches want him to, he will.

  3. As a close friend of the organization it is becoming apparent that Rodgers is becoming the all-time greatest QB in GB history, both on and off the field. One more ring will get him into the Greatest conversation. My neighbour believes he will even surpass Tom Brady.

  4. aa1829 says

    but Rogers has never been a traitor.
    ###

    He got his HC fired, which is NOT something Favre ever did.

    Also, the Packers haven’t traded Aaron yet.

    That day won’t come for a number of years as the contract he forced on the Packers last year makes him untradeable because of the $80 mil he demanded in the first 12 months of his extension.

  5. I’m a Rogers fan. Those who prefer favre as their QB, each to his own, but Rogers has never been a traitor.

    —————————————————-

    His career isn’t over with yet!

  6. Trade Aaron? Yea, that’s rich (notwithstanding the contract restrictions). He’s one of the toughest QBs in the league and at the very latest, when the real bullets start flying, will be there Week One. Believe it or not, when you have the pedigree and experience Rodgers has, much latitude has been earned and much given.

  7. What everyone seems to be ignoring is that the team and the offense in particular needs to have Rodgers out there. Maybe Rodgers doesn’t need the game reps, but his receivers, line, running backs AND coaches need the game reps with him under center. It’s not all about you Aaron.

  8. Its all about him. His receivers could sure use the work. These two clods they have now couldnt make a hs team so the receivers are not gettin on board with their savior.
    I want this sob out their playing and earning his money.

  9. The most overrated quarterback in the league go look for yourself he and Favre have almost identical stats in every major category with one exception – Favre was a likable guy
    ——
    He and Favre have almost identical stats yet he’s the most over-rated qb in the league? Pick a lane. And since when is likability a stat? Even though I have no clue what Rodgers said that was so unlikable…

  10. Rodgers is one of the most overrated players ever. He makes tons of great plays but everyone overlooks the plays he misses while holding the ball.

    Rodgers has had good weapons for most of his career and hasn’t won as many games as he should have.

  11. he and Favre have almost identical stats in every major category with one exception – Favre was a likable guy
    ******************************
    Make that two exceptions…
    You forgot INTs.

  12. I’m not a huge fan of how he comes across at times, but those reading anything passive aggressive into this are reaching. I think this is a case where he just means …’ I feel like I have this down, so why take any extra hits.’ He is smart enough to know, he is getting older, and it is unwise to take the hits more than he has to if he wants to stay healthy through the season.

  13. blitzinc43
    Aug 19, 2019, 8:21 PM EDT
    As a close friend of the organization it is becoming apparent that Rodgers is becoming the all-time greatest QB in GB history, both on and off the field. One more ring will get him into the Greatest conversation. My neighbour believes he will even surpass Tom Brady
    ————————————————-
    Your neighbor should be giving you your leaf blower back……..

  14. blitzinc43 says:
    August 19, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    As a close friend of the organization it is becoming apparent that Rodgers is becoming the all-time greatest QB in GB history, both on and off the field. One more ring will get him into the Greatest conversation. My neighbour believes he will even surpass Tom Brady.
    —————————————

    My neighbor thinks your neighbor is a moron.

  15. Rodgers has been a true team leader and professional. When the Packers declared publicly they intended to compensate him at the top of the food chain he was grateful, remained silent, trusted the process, and never said a word when Stafford, Cousins, and Luck nearly and immediately leapfrogged his top position, it didn’t phase him. It wasn’t important. He remained silent like a true professional. When the Packers decided to move on from a stagnant and complacent McCarthy, devoid of innovation, Rodgers had this to say; “I really always appreciated the time with Mike getting to know him on a personal level. As much as what was made, the conjecture and innuendo about our relationship, it was always built on mutual respect and communication. That’s why this is a difficult day for myself and guys in the locker room.”

    Favre, on the other hand, made the mistake of putting himself above the team, which he now knows and readily admits. It’s just a game. All is forgiven.

  16. The Packers are a mess. I’ve been a Packers fan since 1961 but I have little hope this team will win the Division or make the playoffs.
    The chief mistake was signing Rodgers to a contract when it’s fairly obvious he can’t take a 16 game schedule anymore. They have no one any good as a backup.
    The Ted Thompson bad drafts are coming home as well.
    Some are saying 9-7.
    7-9 is closer to reality.

  17. All NFL Quarterbacks are narcissistic to some degree. It’s a job requirement. If my granddaughter wanted to date ANY one of them, I’d have an absolute fit. If she HAD to date one of them, I’d take one that’s honest and upfront about his feelings and opinions over a guy that demanded his own locker-room with one team, sent unsolicited XXX-Rated images to a female reporter with his next team, forced yet another team’s Head Coach to personally pick him up at the airport, and serially cheated on his wife when on the road with ALL of those teams; all while hiding behind an “Aw shucks, I’m just a good-old country boy” mask.

    Every one of you would choose the same… unless your “fandom” wouldn’t allow it and you’d happily throw your sisters, daughters and granddaughters to the wolves due to the color shirt he wears one or two days per week. If so, you may want to reexamine your values while remembering that fan is indeed short for fanatic.

  18. Hearing Aaron at his locker presser yesterday you came away knowing how confident Aaron is with this offense and also the confidence he has in the players with him in this offense.

    As Aaron said, he isn’t concerned about playing or not playing in preseason games. He feels his most valuable reps come playing against a attacking defense in practice as opposed to a defense in a preseason game that really isn’t showing a lot. He is fine playing in a preseason game, but he also doesn’t feel starters not playing in preseason games is a huge deal.

    I expect to see Aaron and all the starters out there a little bit on Thursday night, but we will wait and see what LaFleur decides to do. Either way this team is highly confident and preparing for and focused on September 5th. The next 2 preseason games don’t really matter. Chicago does.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  19. Perhaps LaFleur wants the starters to play a little in the preseason so that HE can experience live-game action and calling in unscripted plays against an unknown defense WHILE bearing all the other responsibilities of a Head Coach… for the very first time.

    That would seem to make sense to me… but what do I know? I’m just a cabbage.

  20. “The Packers’ adoring fan base typically gobbles up tickets, and from 2012-’18 the event was sold out. Not this year, though, as attendance was down roughly 13.2%.

    Green Bay also holds an annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field which drew 4,200 people in July. As recently as 2017, the meeting had an attendance of 7,000, and the largest crowd was 18,707 in 1998.

    And while attendance numbers aren’t kept at training camp practices, long-term observers agree crowds on many days have been substantially smaller than most years.

    As the 2019 season nears, one thing is clear: Packer Nation is taking a wait and see approach with this team. In fact, many of Green Bay’s faithful are telling these Packers to “prove it” before they go all-in.”
    ———–
    Maybe that dopey fan base is smart. They seem to know a loser team when they see it and are staying away.

  21. Someone needs to remind him he hasn’t been “that guy” for a full season since 2014. That’s a long time ago…
    —-
    Umm, they were 15-1 in 2015 and went to the nfccg in 2016. Not to mention they were 4-1 and atop The division when he went down in 17. Doesn’t matter how many times you purples try to advance the narrative, one bad year doesn’t mean he’s done.

  22. Rodgers might be right but I look to the play of the 49’rs qb last night as a prime reason why you at least want to get in a live game and test it out first.

    I like to equate it a little bit to golf. Most people who play golf know what it’s like to hit the ball great on the driving range only to struggle on the course. There is just something that is different when the results are truly on the line. That is why I would like for them to play a quarter or two to at least get the rhythm of what it feels like when bullets are somewhat flying for real.

  23. He got his HC fired, which is NOT something Favre ever did.
    ======

    McCarthy got himself fired.

    Quite possibly the worst big-game coach in NFL history.

  24. glac1 says:
    August 20, 2019 at 9:55 am
    All is well….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t know if that’s a vote of confidence or an Animal House reference. I hope for the former but the latter is just too clever to ignore… so I gave it a thumbs up, regardless.

  25. Umm, they were 15-1 in 2015 and went to the nfccg in 2016. Not to mention they were 4-1 and atop The division when he went down in 17. Doesn’t matter how many times you purples try to advance the narrative, one bad year doesn’t mean he’s done.

    =================================

    Ahhhhh hate to break it to you but they were 10-6 in 2015 and had to “run the table” in 2016 and then got their doors blown off by Atlanta. Everything I said was fact. You – not so much! PS – I’m a Packers fan. He hasn’t been “right” in a long time. It seems like he’s afraid to throw the ball on time to open guys. It’s weird to see.

  26. I’m just glad our QB isn’t a diva…trying to trademark phrases and flying off the handle on the sidelines at the Wide Receivers.

    Oh, and he’s a Super Bowl champion and two-time MVP.

    I’m glad about those things too.

  27. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    August 20, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Every Viking fan alive would wet themselves with excitement if they though A-Rodge was coming to their team, just like with Favre. Hypocrites wear purple.
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    <
    More like A-Rodge would LOVE to come to Minny to have his best statistical season and STICK-IT to the Pack just like his predecessor. Seriously this guy is waaaay more petty than Favre, if you don't think at some point he's going to want to take it to GB, you are more delusional than we realized.

  28. Yeah, Favre wasn’t a traitor.

    He went to the Vikings to show them that even he couldn’t take their garbage franchise to Super Bowl glory.

    (Saw this in a meme, thought it was hilarious and true)

  29. 12 starting QB’s haven’t thrown a pass in the pre-season. Only 1 gets continually ridiculed for it by the fans of one of the teams that has never won a Super Bowl.

  30. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    August 20, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Every Viking fan alive would wet themselves with excitement if they though A-Rodge was coming to their team, just like with Favre. Hypocrites wear purple.
    ————————————

    You people really have to stop with that nonsense. Speaking for the majority of Viking fans I can tell you this. We hated Favre because he was the Packers QB. But, we always respected him because he was tough, played football the way you’re supposed to play, trying to win and having fun doing it. He was generally a good guy too. That being said we flat out despise the fraud that is Rodgers and everything about him. You can keep him so we can enjoy watching the Vikings expedite his retirement after a few more years of mediocrity.

  31. More like A-Rodge would LOVE to come to Minny to have his best statistical season and STICK-IT to the Pack just like his predecessor
    ++++
    and he came away with what for his troubles?

  32. Must be close to the regular season.

    The levels of insecurity and fear of the Packers are really amping up in Barneyville.

    #TitleTown

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

  33. I would take Brees, Brady or Rivers in a heartbeat… Rodgers, Meh.
    It was a blast when Favre came here, he was a great QB and was the final piece to a championship caliber type team. Rodgers would just be a distraction and isn’t a team leader or the missing piece of anything other than brainwashed fodder. He’s proven to be all about himself year after year and has proven as well year after year that he can’t be the QB you need to win a championship without a top defense. He’s overrated and a prick. No thanks.

  34. The levels of insecurity and fear of the Packers are really amping up in Barneyville.

    It’s called an inferiority complex, Minnesotans have always had the ugly stepchild complex about Wisconsin since their state was founded.

  35. Rodgers is for sure an insufferable douche but he is in no way overrated and I’m a Pat’s fan.

  36. Frazier28/7 says:
    August 20, 2019 at 11:32 am
    I would take Brees, Brady or Rivers in a heartbeat… Rodgers, Meh.
    It was a blast when Favre came here, he was a great QB and was the final piece to a championship caliber type team. Rodgers would just be a distraction and isn’t a team leader or the missing piece of anything other than brainwashed fodder. He’s proven to be all about himself year after year and has proven as well year after year that he can’t be the QB you need to win a championship without a top defense. He’s overrated and a prick. No thanks.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s a shame you have to admit out loud your reservations about Cousins being unable to win a championship, after having a most-vaunted and impressively ranked defense at his disposal.

    That’s gotta hurt.

  37. One of the issues is LaFleur is trying so hard to be Rodgers friend instead of being his coach and boss. How many times do we have to hear them say we’re friends? Well one is the coach and the other is the QB. Neither have the title of ‘friend’ on the team. Players see this and lose respect for LaFleur. Everyone see this and question who is calling the shots to hold Rodgers out of preseason games where he was scheduled to play.

  38. LaFleur said on the radio yesterday that he leaving Rodgers’s playing time this preseason up to the head coach, I mean Rodgers.

  39. Forgive my last post. My kid got on the computer.

    I understand that the coach and the QB having a close relationship is important. And I also understand that if a coach schedules someone to play he has full authority to hold the same player out for back tightness. No one wants one of the best QBs to ever play the game to aggravate his back for meaningless preseason snaps.

    These kids! I tell ya!

  40. Aaron has proved who he is when things are going wrong…. and its not good. Pst, you need preseason snaps.

  41. “The best reps I’m going to see all summer are in practice,” You know when he is wearing that red jersey.
    Anyone can have their best game when they know they’re not going to to be touched. That is why he thinks he should be untouchable.

  42. 2quart says:
    August 20, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    “The best reps I’m going to see all summer are in practice,” You know when he is wearing that red jersey.
    Anyone can have their best game when they know they’re not going to to be touched. That is why he thinks he should be untouchable.

    —-

    You’re really reaching here. You almost have to, though, right? Your QB can’t beat anyone with a winning record…so…

  43. The Packers have the worst record in the NFC North in the last two years. And only nine teams in the NFL have been poorer than Green Bay over the last two seasons.

    Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is just 24-24-1 in his last 49 starts and hasn’t been the same player that won MVP honors in 2011 and 2014. Rodgers, who turns 36 this season, has also been injury prone in recent years and missed half the season in both 2013 and 2017 with broken collarbones.

    Green Bay hasn’t had a top-10 defense since 2010

    Now, with a rookie head coach trying to get everyone up to speed, it could take the Packers some time to begin clicking in LaFleur’s offense.

    “It’s going to be a work in progress,” Rodgers said.

  44. The Minnesota Vikings have had one Playoff victory in the last ten years and only two this century.

    Meanwhile, the Packers have won 12 playoff games this century, and one Super Bowl.

    The Vikings haven’t had a top ten offense since 2009.

    Many feel this way about Kirk Cousins: He’s a fourth-round quarterback who has experienced some nice moments but has generally boosted his numbers against bad opponents. He’s allergic to clutch situations, and in 2019, even an expensive and talented defense can’t compensate for that.

    Now, with a new Offensive Coordinator trying to get everyone up to speed, it could take the Vikings some time to begin clicking in the new offense.

    “Maybe I’ll run some more, I don’t know. I’m a .500 QB,” Cousins said.

  45. C says:
    August 20, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    Aaron has proved who he is when things are going wrong…. and its not good. Pst, you need preseason snaps.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You mean like breaking a bone in his leg in game one, playing with a knee brace for another eight games, being hampered by a hamstring pull for two more games, missing the last game in concussion protocol, and still finishing the season statistically ahead of Brady, Rivers, Cousins, and Brees? Us that what you call proving himself when things are going wrong? It’d better be.

    Idiot.

  46. Wisconsin Narcissists says:
    August 20, 2019 at 8:03 pm
    Hasn’t Rodgers been a .500 QB the last few years?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Yes. Due to injuries. But not for his entire career.

    Next?

  47. stellarperformance says:
    August 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    … and still finishing the season statistically ahead of Brady, Rivers, Cousins, and Brees?
    ————
    Just curious what metrics you’re using? The above mentioned four qbs:
    -all had more wins (with all but Cousins making the playoffs and winning at least one game, Brady obviously winning the SB).
    -all had better completion %, more TD passes, all had higher QBR and Passer ratings, all took less sacks.

    -Rodgers had less picks and more garbage time yards, but by most metrics did not out perform the above mentioned qbs. Everyone who is being realistic will admit Rodgers was great years prior to his 2017 injury, but was not last year, injuries are part of the game and if you’re on the field, your numbers and ratings are what they are. At the same point most Vikings fans will admit Cousins is an average to above average QB who has gotten paid extremely well due to the market for QBs and the shortage of elite QBs. I hope he does enough to take them far this year but would I put him in the tier of Brady, Brees, or Rivers, unfortunately no. Will Rodgers be good again this year or continue a downward trajectory, who knows? But to say he “outperformed” the above mentioned QBs is asinine.

  48. stellarperformance says:
    August 21, 2019 at 8:12 am
    Wisconsin Narcissists says:
    August 20, 2019 at 8:03 pm
    Hasn’t Rodgers been a .500 QB the last few years?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Yes. Due to injuries. But not for his entire career.

    Next?
    ____
    Are packer fans all sending Rodgers their good feelings to keep him healthy this year? 😅😂🤣

  49. infectorman says:
    August 19, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    End is nigh for ARod. Better make a run soon.
    After all, he’s no Tom Brady
    ————————————————
    You’re right, he’s better.

  50. My mistake- he’s 26-22-1 in his last 49 starts. Still not .500 as cheese is fattening fraudulently stated.

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