“Aaron really knows what we think about him, how he plays such an important role in our football team, so important in our organization,” said LaFleur on Tuesday. “We’re just going to keep trying to work through this and hopefully we can get it back into the building at some point. “
Rodgers wasn’t in the building – or on the training ground – for one of the first two OTA sessions that started this week, and LaFleur tried to keep the focus on the players who were. In all, 79 of the 89 players in the roster were present on Tuesday during the first session open to the media.
Veteran Safety Adrian Amos – one of three players the Packers made available for questions on Tuesday, along with Kenny Clark and Aaron Jones – said, unlike his coach, he had not watched the first interview Rodgers on the subject since news of the quarterback’s stalemate with the team broke in April.
However, he believes there is still a chance Rodgers will return.
“I haven’t heard him say anything other than that, so I expect him to be,” Amos said. “But I’m not going to come home and cry if something else happens. I just play day to day, but of course you want one of the biggest – if not the greatest – quarterbacks on your team. You want it here.
“But everyone has to go about their business, and I’m not going to hit anyone for getting what they think they deserve. “
Jones, who re-signed with the Packers for four years and $ 48 million shortly before free agency began, said Rodgers never gave him any indication he wouldn’t be back this season. Even if he had, Jones said it likely wouldn’t have influenced his decision to sign again.
“It’s home,” Jones said. “I love my coaches, my teammates, the community, the system. “
Among the 10 players absent from the OTAs were five of Rodgers’ best receivers: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and Devin Funchess.
Perhaps that made it harder for Jordan Love, who served as No.1 quarterback. Without Rodgers and recently signed Blake Bortles, who was present but not practicing, Love and Kurt Benkert have gone their separate ways. quarterback rehearsals. However, Love received most of them in 7-on-7 drills and in a brief 11-on-11 stretch that went down at half speed.
Unofficially, Love completed 14 of 20 assists in the competitive periods alone (which were 7-7 with no rushing passes). He often went through his progressions before throwing and only went deep once – knocking down Reggie Begelton. During an individual period, he hit tight end Robert Tonyan for a 35-yard run into the seam and generally appeared to have more zippers on his passes.
“You can tell he’s been working alone this offseason,” said LaFleur. “I think the ball is jumping out of his hands really well right now. You know, it’s OTA Day 2, and all we’ve really done is run live routes. We had a 7v7, but you guys could see the times of the team, they weren’t at full speed. We’re excited about some of the progress we’ve seen with him, but there’s definitely a long way to go. ”