Aaron Rodgers has not been with the Green Bay Packers for the start of organized team activities, and coach Matt LaFleur seems upset about it.
The Green Bay Packers head coach told Madison.com:
“Each guy has that right to make that choice. If you’re asking me, I want everybody here. I think some of the thought process may have changed over what’s transpired over the last two years, especially with our COVID situation where we didn’t have OTAs.
But my thing to our guys is, ‘Well, neither did anybody else. So everybody who was playing, had the same circumstances that they were dealing with.’ Obviously now, with everybody being open, you’d like to see as many guys as possible here.”
A number of high-profile Packers decided against participating in Green Bay’s offseason training activities. Including: Rodgers, Pro Bowl corner Jaire Alexander, LB’s Preston Smith and Rashan Gary, Sammy Watkins among others.
“I’m not comfortable with anybody not being here. I’d like ‘em all here,” LaFleur went on to say. Reiterating, “Again, it’s their choice. Next week is mandatory minicamp, so there’s consequences obviously for not coming.”
Rodgers is expected for the June 7-9 mandatory minicamp; he had previously said on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he would attend that session.
“Aaron doesn’t need reps at this time of the year,” Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements said last week. “Obviously, it’d be nice to have him here, but he’s seen these things 1,000 times and he’ll be ready to go when training camp starts.”
Jordan Love, the Packers’ 2020 first-round draft pick, will handle the starting quarterback reps during OTA practices.