“I don’t have anything new to update, and we still feel the same way,” said LaFleur on Friday after opening practice for the Packers rookie mini-camp.
“We want him to come back in the worst possible way. I know he knows it and, you know, we will continue to work on it every day. “
After ESPN announced just before Bill that Rodgers did not want to return to Green Bay, Packers CEO Mark Murphy posted a column on the team’s website in which he said: “C tis an issue that we have been working on for several months. . Murphy admitted that he, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur had met Rodgers “on several occasions” during the offseason.
Gutekunst has indicated that he has no plans to trade Rodgers, who still has three years on his contract. LaFleur said after the draft he “couldn’t imagine” Rodgers was not at Green Bay.
The Packers tackled their quarterback depth Thursday by signing Blake Bortles, the No.3 pick in the 2014 draft.
Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett held the same position with Jacksonville during Bortles ‘tenure as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback. Bortles spent the 2019 season and parts of 2020 with the Los Angeles Rams, who committed a similar offense at Green Bay.
Until the Packers signed Bortles, the only quarterbacks in their roster were Rodgers and 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love. Tim Boyle, who supported Rodgers last season, has since joined the Detroit Lions.
“You’re always going to have three if not four guys in an off-season program and in a training camp,” said LaFleur. “(We liked) Blake’s familiarity with Hackett, with being in the Rams offense, with a lot of carry over in terminology and just his overall experience in this league. I mean he’s a guy who started a lot of games and had a lot of success. “
Two other quarterbacks – Kurt Benkert and Chad Kelly – were at the rookie minicamp on Friday as test candidates.
Kelly appeared in a 2018 game for the Denver Broncos, who selected him out of Mississippi with the final pick in the 2017 draft. Benkert signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent from Virginia in 2018, but did not play in an NFL game.
LaFleur was asked if he should do some off-season practice to prepare Love for the possibility of being the starter in case the Rodgers’ situation doesn’t go away. Love didn’t play a single try in his first year as the Packers went 13-3 and lost in the NFC Championship game for a second straight season.
“I’m not going to make any assumptions about anything at this point,” LaFleur said. “We’re just going to take it day to day. But I think every player on our roster has to have the mentality that he’s going to be the guy. Otherwise, when you get the chance, you won’t. so prepare yourself that is always what we insist on to every player on this football team.
“In football, unfortunately, there are uncontrolled circumstances that can happen, and you might be one game away from seizing your opportunity. And in this league, you might only have one chance, so you’re better prepared for that. “
NOTES: The Packers have signed seven of their nine draft picks. The roster is led by second-round pick Josh Myers, an Ohio State center / goalie. The Packers also signed each of their six day three picks: offensive lineman Ole Miss Royce Newman, Florida defensive lineman TJ Slaton, Appalachian State cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles, Wisconsin offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen, Boston College linebacker Isaiah McDuffie and Mississippi State return Kylin Hill. Their first-round pick (Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes) and their third-round pick (Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers) remain unsigned.