Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers not pleased with Green Bay Packers’ young players
“I’m getting older and grumpier. I’ve been at this for a long time.” — Aaron Rodgers, quarterback,
Green Bay Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment with the effort from some of the Green Bay Packers’ younger players after a frustrating period at practice.
It appears that some of the rookie wideouts are the focus of his displeasure.
Rodgers was running the scout team during one practice session on Tuesday, a sign that he likely won’t be playing in the Packers’ preseason opener on Thursday against Tennessee.
Younger players who normally may not get many reps with Rodgers got a chance to work more with the two-time NFL MVP.
There is some work to catch up to Rodgers’ high standards.
“It was one of the worst cards sessions we’ve had. I don’t know how you can make it any simpler,” Rodgers said Tuesday after practice. He was referring to how coaches will hold up a card with an opponent’s play during the period.
“You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I’m accustomed to. I’ve been running that period for a number of years,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers is usually more diplomatic in front of reporters. He didn’t call out any players by name, but he did make sure to single out those he feels are role models, such as veterans Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham.
Rodgers liked how Geronimo Allison and DeAngelo Yancey, younger receivers with previous experience with Rodgers, have progressed. He has also gone out of his way to praise the work of Jake Kumerow, a second-year undrafted free agent.
“Well, I’m getting older and grumpier. I’ve been at this for a long time,” said Rodgers, who turns 35 in December. “I’m tired too, we’re all a little tired. When you get a little tired, the fuse gets a little shorter.”