On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers got minicamp underway, and Aaron Rodgers was absent — as expected. Every other player on the roster was accounted for, however, and several of those individuals count Rodgers as a friend away from football as well as a coworker on it.
A couple of those men, Davante Adams and David Bakhtiari, spoke to the media following practice and had thoughtful responses to the inevitable questions about Rodgers. Both players expressed similar feelings, discussing their support for Rodgers personally while also expressing their hope for a resolution that brings him back to the team.
It’s a tough line to walk for these two, who have been playing with Rodgers for seven or eight years apiece. But at the same time that they see their friend working through his own issues, they need to do what’s right for themselves — for Bakhtiari, that’s rehabbing his torn ACL, and for Adams, it’s getting ready for the 2021 season and potentially working on a new contract extension.
Stay tuned for more from minicamp this week as the team has practices scheduled for today and tomorrow.
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The two stars, who count themselves as friends of Rodgers off the field, had a similar line on Tuesday: they support their friend, but hope he will return to play with them in 2021.
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Adams clarified that while he supports Rodgers, he is not unhappy with the Packers' leadership: "It's not like I'm saying, 'forget the front office' like I don't respect what they have going on."
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Bakhtiari of course did not practice on Tuesday, due to his rehab from a torn ACL, but Adams also was not participating in team reps. The story here was that the team did not feel it necessary to have him overworked on his first day back, especially when getting younger players reps is a goal.
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Bakh joked that he would guarantee he'll be ready for training camp -- in 2022. But he also shed some light on how he felt on the day he tore his ACL and the support he has received from current and former teammates, including Bryan Bulaga and Jordy Nelson.
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The team's two veteran edge rushers and one of the top offensive linemen were all absent from practice. This might also explain Elgton Jenkins' absence last week, which led to Ben Braden taking first-team reps at left tackle.
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