Packers’ top five receivers join Aaron Rodgers in skipping start of OTAs

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Aaron Rodgers was not expected to show up for the start of voluntary organized team activities. Instead, the Packers quarterback and his fiancée, actress Shailene Woodley, have appeared to be having great time vacationing in Hawaii based on social media posts.

But the Packers also were without their top five receivers at Tuesday’s session.

Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess and Equanimeous St. Brown left backup quarterback Jordan Love to work with a makeshift receiving corps, Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com reports.

So did they stay away in solidarity with Rodgers?

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he communicated with the five wideouts, and the notion of a coordinated effort to skip the practice sessions never came up.

“I think, as a coach, you always want as many guys that choose to show up here,” LaFleur said, via Schneidman. “I think there’s a lot of team chemistry, which is so important in winning and losing in this league and just learning how to play together, learning how to practice together, setting the standards for this football team. So certainly, yeah, you’d love to have everybody here.”

Cornerback Jaire Alexander, left tackle David Bakhtiari, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, cornerback Ka’dar Hollman and cornerback Stanford Samuels also did not attend Tuesday’s work, according to Schneidman. Tight end Josiah Deguara, cornerback Kevin King and quarterback Blake Bortles were present but were either limited or not participating.

35 responses to “Packers’ top five receivers join Aaron Rodgers in skipping start of OTAs

  1. So young guys have a chance to show what they can do — experience is priceless for young players.

  2. Nice. Hopefully, they all remain out until mid season. It would help make their solidarity point & help out the rest of the NFC. Win/Win, far as I’m concerned. Won’t actually happen, but still……

  3. All the turmoil in Green Bay and they win the division every year. How bad is Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit?

  4. They were waiting until they got really far behind before bringing Bortles in.

  5. That means that Rodgers is going to be playing in Green bay this year. He’s still working out with his guys.
    If they thought for certain that he would be gone, they’d be busy getting acquainted with Love.

  6. Is this obvious or do most of the Mini camps have most there players not showing up?

  7. Brady……

    Brady has really led the way here. It’s disgusting.

    “I ama big fan of Jordan Love”.

    Except you are trying to sabotage his future. Again. Disgusting.

  8. Wow, i knew Love was struggling now the WRs don’t even want to practice with him. Wow!

  9. This is not a coincidence the five receivers are sending a message to Green Bay management their displeasure with how Rodgers has been treated. Their careers are affected by who the QB is and they want their future HOF guy in there not some unknown who might be something

  10. I would not call them top. More like 1 top and 4 could not get a job anywhere else but green Bay

  11. “…and quarterback Blake Bortles were present but were either limited or not participating.”

    In the case of Bortles, definitely LIMITED.

  12. I suppose they’re worried that if they show up, someone might hold one of his well-known grudges.
    According to reporters, Love looked very good, btw.

  13. Yeah, it certainly looks like the Lions, Bears and Vikings are winning the offseason again.
    Congrats! 🤣

  14. Other than Adams I mean really? Scanling what kind of hands is he got? The rest of it’s just run of the mill. Yet.. when the PA kid gets back to actually playing football the boys want to make sure that he’s still tossing the pigskin to them LOL

  15. Fools, is that what Mr t says? the Packers not only lead the league in injuries every year, but in injuries before anything gets started too. Couple years ago they had a guy trip on the chalk line at family night and missed an entire season.

  16. Most of them couldn’t make the roster in Houston or Jacksonville. And I’m a Packers season ticket holder.

  17. Hey golforpar, the reason the Pack has been more successful than other NFCN teams all these years in the face of supposed internal turmoil is because of the very guy they’ve now alienated.

  18. St.Brown and Funches are already on the bubble not a smart move on their part

  19. mackcarrington says:
    May 25, 2021 at 8:39 pm
    That means that Rodgers is going to be playing in Green bay this year. He’s still working out with his guys.
    If they thought for certain that he would be gone, they’d be busy getting acquainted with Love.
    ##############################

    Sorry to tell you, but Rodgers is hanging out in Hawaii. He isn’t working out with the WRs.

  20. This is all about Rogers he cares for no one else. He’s trying to hole Packers hostage and for the receivers they are showing disrespect to Love.

  21. laitaliano says:
    May 25, 2021 at 8:52 pm
    This is not a coincidence the five receivers are sending a message to Green Bay management their displeasure with how Rodgers has been treated. Their careers are affected by who the QB is and they want their future HOF guy in there not some unknown who might be something
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    How has Rodgers been mistreated? He’s not upset about Love……so he says……so what is it exactly? Maybe Rodgers should stay off talk shows and stop doing interviews until he’s able to express what’s on his mind. I’m more than tired of him speaking in superlative circles. Speak up or shut up.

  22. “But the Packers also were without their “top five receivers” at Tuesday’s session.”

    That is a very misleading statement.

    3 of those WR’s listed had a grand total of 578 receiving yards COMBINED last year.

    TE Robert Tonyan had more receiving yards (586) than those 3 WR’s combined.

    Draft pick WR Amari Rodgers is in camp. He’ll probably compete for the #2 WR on the team in 2021 and is a lock for the #3 WR position.

    Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess and Equanimeous St. Brown are fools for not showing up. They are all in jeopardy of giving the other Rodgers (the one that will be on the team for sure in 2021) an opportunity to take their position from them.

    Their status is Not For Long…

    Aaron Jones had more receiving yards than 2 of the 3 WR’s combined.

  23. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the NFLPA urging players to boycott OTAs.

  24. I bet a few WR on that list would rather be there but peer pressure stops it. Hate to see a few of those WR not make the team now and who would they blame. Most people don’t take responsibility for their action, so I am guessing publicly everyone will blame the team.

  25. Funchess and ESB just sealed their fate. No 53-man roster for them. They may as well start looking for new teams (Vikings will be interested). I wonder how Rodgers feels about getting them cut with his shenanigans.

  26. The No.4 and No.5 WR’s on any team are pretty much interchangeable. Top 3 WR’s at GB had 181 receptions. Top 3 in Minnesota had 182. Confetti time in MN.

  27. These guys are adolescents. AR12 is a quarter-millionaire athlete with no allegiance to them whatsoever, but these WRs think they’re making a point by ‘keeping it real’ for their guy who could walk out on them and play for a different team any day now. And they could very well be cut or miss the roster due to this decision.

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