GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers minicamp is underway and four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the field.
With Rodgers among the veterans who missed the first two weeks of volunteer OTAs, this will be a key week to lay the groundwork for the start of training camp in late July.
“The more these guys can get around each other, the sooner they can start building that chemistry that we know is so important in determining our success on the court,” coach Matt LaFleur said before practice.
Rodgers is 38 and entering his 18th season in the NFL. Among the receiving recruits, Roméo Doubs is 22, Christian Watson is 23 and Samori Touré is 24.
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“He’s been captain, leader of our football team for a long time,” LaFleur said of Rodgers. “These guys grew up watching it for a very long time. Being in a huddle with him and being on the same pitch as him is pretty exciting for these young guys.
LaFleur said everyone under contract is in attendance. Receiver Allen Lazard is not there; he did not sign his restricted free agent submission.
With new personnel and some changes to the coaching staff, minicamp and the final days of OTA next week will be important as LaFleur is looking at training camp and not the day-to-day winners and losers.
“Right now we’re trying to train these guys on how to train and lay the foundation again for what we want it to look like in the fall,” LaFleur said. “It’s also a process for us as coaches. There are a lot of new faces in all three phases and we learn about those players and what they do well. There are going to be adjustments, I guarantee you, that are going to be made in terms of maybe some things that we may need to change schematically, whether it’s attack, defense or special teams.
Here’s a look at some of today’s practices. We will have many more throughout the day and this week.