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Aaron Rodgers has not been with the Green Bay Packers this week to start organized team activities, and coach Matt LaFleur said he was not worried.
LaFleur left open the possibility that Rodgers would participate in some of the OTAs, but stressed that it was voluntary and was Rodgers’ choice whether he would participate.
“I talked to him for a while last night, which was great – just to update him on where we are and go over a few pieces like we do every other season,” LaFleur said. “There are always tweaks to what you do. But no, he’s in a good mood and it was a good conversation. But I would not expect to see him at least this week.”
Rodgers is expected for the mandatory minicamp on 7-9. June; he had previously said on The Pat McAfee Show that he would attend that session but could also come to Green Bay for a couple of the OTAs.
“Aaron does not need reps at this time of year,” Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements said last week. “Of course it would be nice to have him here, but he’s seen these things 1,000 times and he’s ready to go when training camp starts.”
The Packers opened OTAs on Monday and held their first session open to reporters on Tuesday. LaFleur said he spoke with Rodgers Monday night and reported the quarterback was “in good spirits.” He said they were talking about “tweaks to the offensive” they were planning to make for this season.
Rodgers surprised the Packers with a visit to Lambeau Field during the conditioning phase of the offseason program last month and even participated in some of those drills. He had come to Wisconsin to attend a playoff game in the Milwaukee Bucks.
“He will be ready to go, he will be eager to go,” Clements said. “He’s just at a different stage of his career now, where he takes care of himself and works on what he thinks he needs to work on physically. He looked good when I saw him, so he will be ready to go.”
Last year, Rodgers skipped the entire offseason program, including the mandatory minicamp, while contemplating his future with the Packers. This year’s absence comes under a very different tenor; Rodgers signed a $ 150 million three-year contract extension in March.
Jordan Love, the Packers’ first-round pick in 2020, will handle the starting quarterback representatives during OTA drills.