Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers Teammates


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — Aaron Rodgers has not lost the support of two of his closest friends and teammates as his standoff with the Green Bay Packers continued his absence from the team’s mandatory mini-camp.

All benefitsPro Davante Adams and David Bakhtiari threw their support behind their quarterback, while also taking care not to criticize the organization to which they are still contractually bound.

“I’ve got everything behind him, so he knows he knows where I stand at the end of the day,” Adams said Tuesday. . “I’ll stand on the damn mountain and scream on the mountain top I’ve got his back.”

Adams added that he doesn’t think he’s siding with Rodgers that he necessarily criticizes the organization.

“I think every GM, every president, every owner, the type of guys should want their players to support, especially a player like that,” Adams said. “That’s just a good quality to have. It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Forget the front office,’ like I have no respect for what they’re going on.”

For Adams, it was his first appearance in Green Bay since the offseason program began. He skipped OTA practices, but said he was not organizing a boycott among the recipient group. The top five returning recipients all stayed away until this week’s mandatory mini camp. Although Adams was present now, he didn’t do much in practice, instead working side by side.

Bakhtiari, the left tackle who spent part of his offseason with Rodgers in the Kentucky Derby, said he would not try to influence Rodgers’ decision whether or not to return to the Packers.

“For me, I care about Aaron Rodgers from a friend’s perspective,” Bakhtiari said. “Whatever he wants to do, whatever the situation, I will never hold a grudge against him. That’s my friend. That’s someone I’ve appreciated, and he’s done a lot for this organization and a lot for me as an individual.

“As a teammate, I’d be an idiot to say I don’t want the MVP back. He’s the league’s MVP last year. He’s done great things from the quarterback perspective, our quarterback position, but not just for the franchise. So absolutely.”

Bakhtiari, who is recovering from a torn ACL on December 31 and so was sidelined in practice, said he told Rodgers he would support him in whatever he decides.

“I definitely vomited to him, I’m like, ‘You know what, whatever happens, look, it’s out of my control [and] the situation is between you and the organization, and that’s where it will stay,” Bakhtiari said. “I don’t want to interfere at any point. I respect you as a friend and however that turns out, I’m not going to take anything personally.”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur declined to say whether the team would apologize for Rodgers’ absence from minicamp and waive the fines he was subjected to. The Packers can fine Rodgers up to $93,085 for missing the three-day camp. The fine for missing the first day of camp is $15,515, with subsequent fines of $31,030 for Wednesday and $46,540 for Thursday.

Four Packers players withdrew from the mini camp due to COVID protocols: Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Elgton Jenkins and Dean Lowry.

However, Rodgers was the only player to be considered a minicamp holdout. It is the first time in his career that he skips the mandatory mini camp.

“You’d like everyone to be here,” LaFleur said. “It is what it is, man, and we’ll focus and we’ll check on the guys who are here and work on it and try to help them get the best of their ability and coach them to the best of their ability.”

Without Rodgers, the Packers gave the majority of No. 1 quarterback reps: Jordan Love, just like they had during OTAs. Love struggled with accuracy on Tuesday, missing several pitches and failing his only attempt at the two-minute drill.

“He needs every rep he can get right now,” LaFleur said of Love. “He’s a young quarterback who didn’t get a preseason last year, so we’ll give him as many as he can handle. We’ll spell him every now and then, but I just think every rep he takes is so valuable.” , and he can learn from both the good and the bad.”

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