Mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday for the Green Bay Packers. Will Aaron Rodgers show up, or will he follow through with his desire to no longer play for the team? This is where things get interesting and that Packers’ drama heats up. If Rodgers stays away, Jordan Love will get those valuable reps he desperately needs.
Will Aaron Rodgers show up at Green Bay Packers camp?
Rodgers has fueled all the drama taking place in Green Bay. Adam Schefter reported on the day of the 2021 NFL draft that the quarterback told some within the organization he no longer wanted to play for the team. Rodgers never showed for voluntary OTAs last month after attending them for the last 16 years.
Rodgers’ problem seems to stem from the 2020 NFL draft when the team traded up to select Jordan Love in the first round. He wasn’t made aware of the move and wasn’t too happy with it. He showed no signs of ill will toward Love, mentoring him throughout camp. Rodgers then went out and won his third MVP.
Rodgers still has three years remaining on his contract but has no guaranteed money left. Although he hasn’t stated it publicly, the lack of security appears to be weighing heavily on him. The team wants him back, but there’s no word on whether he’ll be there Tuesday.
“I’ve got nothing to update on that situation, and you guys all know how we feel about it,” Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said, according to ESPN. “We’ll see come Tuesday.”
If Aaron Rodgers fails to show up, Jordan Love will reap the benefits
If Rodgers is serious about never wanting to play for the Packers again, he’s not coming to mandatory camp. Should that be the case, the team could fine him $93,000 for missing the three-day period. According to ESPN, he’s already missed enough off-season time to forfeit his $500,000 workout bonus.
Should Rodgers make a statement and be a no-show next week, it will do nothing but benefit Love. Love’s first year in the league was marred by COVID-19 restrictions and he never got the valuable reps he needed. Provided his top five wide receivers show up, unlike they did at OTAs He will be able to develop some much-needed chemistry. A year ago, Love never saw the playing field.
Love was the main guy at OTAs. With Rodgers gone, the Packers have also signed veteran Blake Bortles and little-known Kurt Benkert. If Rodgers doesn’t make an appearance, it will do nothing but benefit Love.
Love showing signs of improvement
There wasn’t a whole lot to judge Love on last year. He wasn’t even the backup quarterback. It was supposed to be a learning year for him, and he learned from the best as Rodgers was named the league’s MVP.
Now it might be his turn. If Rodgers decides he’s done with the team, Love will likely open the season at the No. 1 quarterback. He’s making strides.
“One of the bigger things with Jordan right now is just his confidence in the system,” Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said in his press conference, according to Pro Football Talk. “Coming from college and then picking it up as a rookie and being able to have a whole season just to be able to learn that so he can go out there and execute is so important.
“Instead of trying to learn the verbiage and just understand how to call the plays, he can do that much easier now and then be able to go out there and execute. And I think that’s something we’ve been able to see. So now we can talk about the techniques and the reads and all those intricate details that we want to get to him.”
Love hasn’t been made available to the media. He is scheduled to speak with reporters next week at camp.