Following Aaron Rodgers No Show at OTAs, Packers Wide Receiver Corps Follow Suit

Published 05/26/2021, 1:30 AM AKDT
Oct 25, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Davante Adams (17) after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Over a month since rumors of Aaron Rodgers wanting to leave Green Bay emerged not much has changed. The Packers’ star quarterback kept away from the public eye until recently he made a televised appearance on SportsCenter.  

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Even then, Rodgers dodged questions about his future. Only offering cryptic answers about the franchise and its philosophy, a lot remains unclear about what will happen next. 

But Rodgers’ recent actions suggest that not all is well at the Packers camp. The 2020 NFL MVP missed his side’s organized team practice activities or OTAs.

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Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

While participating in such activities are voluntary, a key thing to remember is that ever since being drafted by the franchise, Aaron Rodgers has never missed a single OTA. Barring this season of course. 

And it looks like his teammates, more importantly, his wide receivers too are rallying in support of the QB.

Top Packers wideouts skip OTAs along with Aaron Rodgers

According to a report by NFL insider Adam Schefter, Rodgers was not alone in skipping the side’s OTAs. The top Packers wide receivers too decided to pull off a no show. 

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This includes the likes of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess, Equanimeous St. Brown and 2020 All-Pro Davante Adams

While there was no word as to why the wideouts did not show up to practice, one can take an educated guess about the same. No one wants to see Rodgers leave. Especially, not his wide receivers. 

With 48 touchdown throws last season, there’s no doubt whether or not the Packers wideouts would want Rodgers back. Of the 48, Davante alone scored 18 touchdowns from Rodgers’ passes. 

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

With the main core of wide receivers not showing up, backup QB Jordan Love had to run drills with a makeshift wide receiver party.

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Some believe the drafting of Love had a role to play in Rodgers’ disgruntlement. But the Packers QB1 cleared the air during the recent SportsCenter interview that having Love around has never been a problem. It’s the Packers front office that Aaron Rodgers seems to have beef with.  

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Rodgers refused to answer questions directly addressing the possibility of a trade. But that silence in itself is deafening for the Packers faithful. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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