Derek from Eau Claire, Wisconsin
I had to spend a day watching my son getting high fives from players, analyzing practice with my father-in-law (in the presence of Aaron Rodgers), enjoying the sun, watching the new rookies in action and, oh yes, hitting them one and only Weston Hodkiewicz. And it’s only June. What a time to be alive!
It was the highlight of my day – no, my week – no, my entire offseason schedule.
John of Stevens Points, WI
How is the general mood in this mini camp? Excitement? Fear? Issue?
anticipation. The Packers have lost a few key players this offseason, but once again appear to have all the necessary tools to pursue a championship.
Thomas of Cedar Rapids, IA
I would like to Article about Amari Rodgers. 4% body fat? Yes, me too… maybe with a different number thrown before the “4”. It amazes me how these guys keep their bodies in such condition. It really is a year-round effort. Regarding Coach Vrable’s comment, I half-expected you’d add in parentheses “…which is nice.” With fan expectations of more jet sweeps and better reception numbers for him by the end of the year, do you see Rodger’s contributions being more on offense or special teams?
I liked the Rodgers pick a year ago because he seemed like the perfect receiver for that offense – a slot option that can play jet motions. This offseason, Rodgers has adjusted his diet and developed a better understanding of the playbook, and it shows in practice. Rodgers had one of the best catches of the offseason program on Wednesday when he dived in the red zone after a Jordan Love touchdown pass. He also converted a third and ten with a 15-yard cross at No. 1 in two minutes. I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of Amari this summer.
Excellent article Wes on Wednesday’s workout – concise and to the point. It’s refreshing to get content like this with the cutting edge of sensational sports coverage. As for Aaron Rodgers stating that he makes an annual decision to retire, I find it hard to believe that he would sign a four-year deal to just hang up the cleats after one season. I also find it hard to believe that he will play four more seasons. Throughts? Is there a cap structure that points to something specific?
To paraphrase Pablo Myers, it’s the story I’m most proud of. Rodgers’ contract was structured this way for two reasons. First, it helped spread his signing bonus and gave the Packers some cap relief in 2022. Second, it set up a “pay-as-you-go” system for Rodgers if he decides to play in 2023 and beyond. Rodgers said he “definitely plans” to end his career with the Packers and the contract reflects that commitment.
Hey Wes, in Spoff’s excellent article yesterday (“Aaron Rodgers returns to the spotlight at Packers minicamp”), he quoted AR as saying that the expectations of the rookie WRs must be “reasonable”. Do you think this is an evolution/adjustment of AR’s previous expectations of WRs who made mistakes ( z , etc.) and its normally fiery response?
Maybe a bit, but I think Rodgers was mostly talking about gradually transferring potential into production. You’ll see contributions to this knowledge base throughout the year – just like Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Randall Cobb as newcomers. I personally loved how we used this photo of Rodgers talking to Samori Toure for Spoff’s story. Watching that moment live after Toure walked a route on air, I felt he captured Rodgers perfectly at this stage in his career – educating the young wideouts on what he needs while leaning on the veterans to show the way.