GREEN BAY, Wisconsin. – Nothing has changed in Aaron Rodgers’ stalemate with the Packers, and nothing has changed in the way the team feels about their quarterback either.
In fact, Matt LaFleur doubled down on his desire to continue coaching the reigning NFL MVP.
“I don’t have anything new to update, and obviously we still feel the same way,” the Packers coach said during the team’s rookie mini-camp on Friday. “We want him to come back in the worst possible way. I know he knows that, and we’ll keep working on it every day.”
Friday was the first time LaFleur had answered questions since the NFL Draft ended earlier this month. He was specifically asked if any progress had been made towards a resolution – moving on from Rodgers or holding him back – during this period.
The Packers have argued they have no plans to trade Rodgers.
Meanwhile, LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett have been busy with their other quarterbacks. They had two for rookie camp on a trial basis – journeymen Kurt Benkert and Chad Kelly – and signed veteran Blake Bortles earlier this week. Before signing Bortles, the Packers only had two quarterbacks on their roster: Rodgers and Jordan Love.
LaFleur didn’t say if Bortles signing had anything to do with the uncertainty around Rodgers, who, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last month, told the Packers he didn’t want to. come back to the team. LaFleur liked Bortles’ story with Hackett, who held the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars for part of the quarterback’s tenure there.
“Shoot, he led his team to the AFC championship game [in 2017], and I mean they were about to bring down the Patriots in New England, “LaFleur said of Bortles.” He’s got a lot of experience, and that’s something you can never take for granted. “
Love is not allowed to attend this weekend’s rookie camp even though he didn’t play at all last season. However, he can join the Rookie Development Program, which begins Monday. He’s cleared to participate due to a rule that a second-year quarterback who has played less than 25% of his team’s offensive shots as a rookie can join this year’s rookies for the session.
When asked if he plans to set Love up as a starter in case they can’t persuade Rodgers to come back, LaFleur said, “I’m not going to be speculating on anything at this point. let’s just take the day by day, but 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 be prepared for it. So that’s always what it is. on which we insist to all the players of this football team. “
Rodgers did not participate in the Packers’ offseason program, which was virtual, and he is not expected to show up when organized team activities begin on May 24.
LaFleur said he had asked his post coaches to survey veteran players to ask who might come to volunteer practices, but he did not share the results of the query.