Aaron Rodgers hasn’t gathered with his receivers, yet

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Aaron Rodgers‘ answer to the Summer of George entailed no participation in formal team workouts in Green Bay, including the annual mandatory minicamp. It also has yet to include unofficial workouts with teammates away from Wisconsin.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rodgers has not gathered his key receivers and other pass catchers together for efforts to prepare for 2021 training camp. It’s unknown whether one or more sessions will happen before the Packers report for training camp in three weeks.

Of course, it’s also unknown whether Rodgers will show up for training camp. Even if he does, he and his key teammates won’t have the same preparation they’d have in a normal offseason.

Meanwhile, the guy who beat Rodgers in the NFC Championship — and who faces him today in a golf match — has spent the offseason focusing on getting better. And as the saying goes, if you ain’t gettin’ better, you’re gettin’ worse.

While I still think Rodgers will show up for football season, maybe he won’t. If, as he said Monday, the offseason consisted of a focus on mental health and if that means engaging in no formal or informal football workouts of any kind, maybe Rodgers’ mental health during football season will mean not playing football at all. At least, not for the Packers.

50 responses to “Aaron Rodgers hasn’t gathered with his receivers, yet

  1. I applaud Mr. Rodgers for his commitment mental health, to forcing the Pack to appreciate him and his commitment to eliminating a threat from the NFC playoffs before the season even begins. Well played, sir.

  2. That dude who played for Green Bay before Jordan Love?

    I think I remember him.

  3. The worst case is if AR shows up and simply goes through the motions. In essence he becomes a middle-of-the-‘pack’ QB. He was on fire last season with the challenge of a new QB on the roster. I suspect that personal challenge along with the rigors of the NFL season put him in a bad place.

    But $30 million and a Hollywood fiance can help make things better.

  4. If he thinks some new team is going to treat him better than Green Bay has he’s delusional. I’d love to be a fly on the wall the moment it hits him that his new team isn’t asking his advice on the roster and has no intent of keeping him at a huge salary past a couple-year window.

  5. The bottom line is that Rodgers isn’t passionate about football. He doesn’t have that laser focus on the game. I could be wrong, but I don’t see him going back to the Packers. He’ll be spending his fall and winter in southern California, figuring out if he has media opportunities.

  6. If Aaron does show up (I don’t think he will, someone will pay him big bucks like Amazon or another network to call games) coaches will have to worry what type of effort he will put out or will he be much more inclined to make “NFL business decisions” to not getting hit. running with the ball or scrambling in the pocket turning into a check down offense which usually don’t work. GB should take what they can get and move on.

  7. I’d rather be playing golf with Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson Dechambeau also…

  8. Wouldn’t it be great if he came back after the summer of drama to huge fanfare and media hype, only to win 8 games and miss the playoffs?

  9. There are only two possibilities: 1) AR plays for the Packers as usual; or 2) He retires, forever. That’s it, any other scenarios are not possible.

    AR is not going to hold out. He is not going to demand a trade. He is not going to come in and play substandard ball. He is not going to sit out a year and then come back. None of those things will happen.

  10. All you Green Bay fans now pretend you don’t need Rodgers to win, Did you watch football the last 10 years he is the only reason you won games not your defense not your running game not your wide outs certainly not your coaches or front office just Rodgers. In the event he doesn’t show up you will find all this out Go Pack Go

  11. mogogo1 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 10:50 am
    If he thinks some new team is going to treat him better than Green Bay has he’s delusional. I’d love to be a fly on the wall the moment it hits him that his new team isn’t asking his advice on the roster and has no intent of keeping him at a huge salary past a couple-year window.
    —————————————-

    Any team with an actual owner would treat Rodgers better than the Packers have.

    He wasted the majority of his career with a below average coach, who was gifted a Super Bowl by an outstanding young Aaron Rodgers.

    Once the coach was finally removed, a simple offensive scheme has resulted in two NFC championship appearances. Somehow management decided not to fully commit to Aaron Rodgers… maybe because there’s no owner there to ensure the franchise players are treated differently?

    If there was a normal ownership set up for this franchise; McCarthy would have been gone 5 years sooner, and there’s no way the management would have gotten away with these bonehead decisions.

  12. Well now we all know what Vegas thinks. 9 wins. Vegas knows something. Go pack

  13. Relax. Rodgers knows what he’s doing. Let’s see the list of all quarterbacks and their off-season plans with their receivers. All of them, not just the luckiest.

  14. Will this guy not learn to take after Brady, even after he embarrassed him in the NFC Championship game.

  15. What kind of message are the Packers sending to Jordan Love? I mean, if you trade up in the first round to draft a QB, and he’s already had a year in your system, he should be ready to go. He’s your QB. Mahomes threw 50 TD passes after sitting out and learning the system his rookie year. Love was the Mahomes of the draft, and they traded up for him, just like Andy Reid traded up for Mahomes. If you’ve flubbed the opportunity to trade an aging HOF QB and get perhaps 3 first round picks, what’s going on? The only reason would be that you aren’t impressed enough with Jordan Love. The Packers don’t have an owner like the other 31 teams do. Who’s in charge? Apparently, nobody.

  16. One thing I’ve learned from watching football for over 50 years now is you see these talented yet selfish diva’s spending their peak years complaining and holding out then, when they’re out of the league for 15 to 20 years you hear them saying how they regret wasting those peak years. I’m talking to you, Mr. Dickerson and YOU, Mr. Rogers. You have no idea just how fortunate you are. Stop whining and play ball. You’re being paid very well to play a game; a game that’s a team sport.

  17. The “lucky” ones practice and prepare. They care. They don’t care about MVP awards and drama. They earned the trust of their team.

    Oh, and again, luck never entered the picture. Time to accept that.

    Laziest of arguments and we’ve seen a lot of them from guys Brady has put in the trash heap over 20 years.

  18. Aaron Rodgers has never set up an informal camp to play catch with his receivers in the offseason.
    Why would it even be news that he continued that trend another year.
    Man, everybody is seriously grasping at straws….

  19. Aaron Rogers is a real team player. It shows in his preparation with his team. I’m not sure how Rogers is able to really do anything else with his laser focused commitment to the team, and football in general. No idea why anyone would question that commitment. It’s not like he’s off vacationing in Hawaii or playing golf…

  20. Like practically everyone I have no idea what he wants to do or will do! Regardless, the GB front office better hope and, yes pray, that Jordan Love is the real deal. If not, then they are in for major headaches, possibly for years. How many free agents are going to want to come to GB if Love doesn’t work out and after this fiasco?

  21. Do you mean the receivers that Aaron Rodgers threw under the bus because there are no first round picks.

  22. “That dude who played for Green Bay before Jordan Love?” Uh huh. When the Love man falls flat for the next couple of years you can stop the whining. Love isn’t any better than the last 3 or 4 GB backups. Admit it. Murph and Gute took a flying fail on this deal and I only wish these clowns the worst.

  23. The team should file figuring out what AR is thinking in the large category of topics they cannot possibly know unless he speaks on it, and just continue giving Love the first team reps.

  24. Like Rodgers said in his mental health speech, he hasn’t really said anything. Everyone else is doing all the talking, yet it’s everyone else saying he’s a diva and they are sick of him. I’m enjoying the Pack drama and the cheeser over-rationalization as much as anyone, but I don’t get how everyone blames all this hoopla on Rodgers.

  25. President of the pack has said this has divided the fan base. Wonder what the percentages are supporting Rodgers vs not supporting him….anyone done a poll on this?

  26. Evidentially its good for Rodgers mental health to stay away from green bay and the packers

  27. cheese is fattening says:
    July 6, 2021 at 2:10 pm
    Evidentially its good for Rodgers mental health to stay away from green bay and the packers
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Your projections are eerily accurate. You may be identifying too closely. It may be wise to take your own advice.

  28. “If there was a normal ownership set up for this franchise; McCarthy would have been gone 5 years sooner, and there’s no way the management would have gotten away with these bonehead decisions.”
    ______________

    5 years sooner would have meant them firing a coach who had won the Super Bowl just 3 years prior and had won the division every year since. (They went 44-17 the 4 years following the Super Bowl.) I’m not a huge McCarthy fan but no coach was getting fired in the midst of a run like that and they had lots of talent on both sides of the ball so the idea that Rodgers was single-handedly doing it all by himself is total fiction.

  29. Brady is a winner….Rodgers is a whiner….there’s the difference between 7 super bowls and 1…you never seen him sit out training camp…it was about winning every year period!

  30. Dude just needs a break, everybody’s wired different. He’s great at what he does and anybody on here would trade places with him on a pin drop. Signed, “a vikings fan.”

  31. jtgush says:
    July 6, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    Brady is a winner….Rodgers is a whiner….there’s the difference between 7 super bowls and 1…you never seen him sit out training camp…it was about winning every year period!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Brady owns a unicorn. He’s lucky. That’s the only difference.

  32. stellarperformance says:
    July 6, 2021 at 5:26 pm
    jtgush says:
    July 6, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    Brady is a winner….Rodgers is a whiner….there’s the difference between 7 super bowls and 1…you never seen him sit out training camp…it was about winning every year period!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Brady owns a unicorn. He’s lucky. That’s the only difference

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Unicorns. Ha! ha! Taken any hallucinogens lately? Seems like Rodgers’ shenanigans are really having an effect on his followers.

  33. Can’t wait for the Roger’s haters to experience what it is like when their team does not have a HOF quarterback.

    When you are stuck with a mediocre or sub par QB you will be wandering endlessly in the desert, with no playoff appearances for years and years on end.

    Going to the games just ain’t the same and excitement for Packer football begins to wane.

    Enjoy the good times while you still can.

  34. I think that Rodgers is just being passive aggressive.

    He’s mad that the executives didn’t include him in personnel decisions or even notify him when they were drafting another QB.

    So Rodgers is doing the same to them…..keeping them in the dark as long as possible.

    In the end, Rodgers will be playing for the Pack this year.

  35. There is absolutely no signs of him playing for the Packers this season. None. Zero. Niente.

    There are many known issues that strongly suggest he’s played his last down for the Packers, including:

    – telling his receivers he most likely won’t be back after last season, and to plan accordingly

    – not responding to multiple Packers coaches and execs coming to him in CA to get him to play for the Packers this season

    – not showing up to mandatory minicamp and losing money for doing so

    – not agreeing to any new contract deal

    – his pointing out the long-standing, unresolved philosophical differences separating him and the organization this off-season

    Without some major breakthrough, which again no signs that anything has even been attempted, let alone any progress made, it’s inconceivable Rodgers will just show up on his own accord for training camp.

    At some point it has to be accepted that Rodgers is really doing this, and is following through with it.

  36. He will be suited up under center in green and yellow, not one single doubt in my mind. Although I don’t align with his new woman on a political standpoint, she seems to be getting through to him to try and enjoy life and stay off the social media platforms 24/7 to her credit.. For how good he is at his position, I assume he more than likely has ocd (not a bad thing) but hearing from all the haters has to take its toll when he’s performing at mvp levels..

  37. And they came together in a place called Armageddon. At least most packers fans seem juuuuuust about at that point with the situation and as a lions fan I have sympathy. If I ever had as much hope at the start of a season as they get to have id be losing my mind too with the prospect of the unknown desert to follow. And until Love really shows, well, anything it is a presumed desert after.

  38. stellarperformance says:
    July 6, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    jtgush says:
    July 6, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    Brady is a winner….Rodgers is a whiner….there’s the difference between 7 super bowls and 1…you never seen him sit out training camp…it was about winning every year period!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Brady owns a unicorn. He’s lucky. That’s the only difference.
    ///////////////////
    And Rodgers owns a few zebras

  39. If Rogers played for Tampa Bay and Brady played for the Packers, the NFC Championship game would have ended differently.

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