Ex-Packers star just spent a week with Aaron Rodgers and here's his take on how the Green Bay drama will end

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A.J. Hawk spent nine seasons as Aaron Rodgers‘ teammate in Green Bay, and he just spent a week with Rodgers in Montana. And Hawk doesn’t see Rodgers being anywhere other than Green Bay this season.

Hawk told Pat McAfee that Rodgers was competitive about his recent golf match against Tom Brady, and that Rodgers is going to want to compete this football season as well.

“He likes to compete. Does that look like a guy who’s going to sit out and retire to you?” Hawk said. “Aaron looks great. He seems mentally in a good spot.”

Hawk doesn’t see any way Rodgers would get traded to another team.

“What have I said from the start? I said, ‘I don’t see him playing anywhere else,’” Hawk said. “I don’t see Green Bay trading him. I don’t see that happening. I don’t know how it has to work, but yeah, I feel like he’s going to be in Green Bay.”

Rodgers has said he’ll make a decision about his future in the next couple weeks.

I say the packers should check out what is offered in trade. The packers will decide where Rodgers is going to play this season!

The Tampa bay Buccaneers approve! 👌

Everyone expects him to report and play as normal. The guy never once said he didnt plan to. It was just filler fodder for the offseason media doldrums. But it did make alot of people that look up to the Packers year after year bite and have hope.

Favre to Rodgers to Love is going to be a grand thing for Green bay. GO PACK GO!

hope to see you this season Aaron, the game is better with you playing than without you.

So in other words, aj has no idea

Rodgers has not been clear on what his concerns may be or what the solutions to those issues are or are not. I believe the reason for his private demeanor is the very likely misinterpretation and manipulation of his truth. He wants to control the message. He’ll make that message clear when he’s ready. He was very emotional after losing a game that should’ve easily been won by the Packers (if not for two identical fumbles by Jones, one of which led to a brain-numbing easy walk-in TD and the mind-altering lucky-as-ever TD at the end of the first half by the LOAT,) and now he has to backtrack on some of that irretrievable emotional baggage he wishes he’d never expressed. Going to bat for Kumerow? Very noble. Very unnecessary.

Rodgert looked checked out in the nfc title game and Brady had thrown 3 ints as a visiting qb and needed to be bailed out by his D in an offensive league again.

How Rodgers and the offense failed to win that game is the question of last season. So many opps blown, it’s now clear why he was so distracted. He felt the pressure and Love looking over his shoulder.

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Green Bay Packers: 3 Options at LT in David Bakhtiari’s Absence

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 06: Elgton Jenkins #74 of the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

As David Bakhtiari continues to work his way back from his torn ACL, at this time, we don’t know whether or not he will be ready for the Green Bay Packers Week 1 matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

If he can’t go, then that means Green Bay will have to do some shuffling along the offensive line, just as they had to do last season dealing with numerous injuries. Overall this is a very versatile offensive line unit, but there are three players in particular who stand out above the rest as options at left tackle in Bakhtiari’s absence.

Even six weeks ago, this was not a player that I ever would have thought to be a legitimate candidate for snaps at left tackle, given that Braden is 27 years old and that he’s primarily been a practice squad player over his career. However, based on what we’ve seen and heard this summer, it would appear that Green Bay is at least going to take a look at him.

Offensive line coach Adam Stenavich told reporters during OTAs that he believes that Braden will compete for starting time at both guard and tackle. Then during mini-camp and OTAs, we saw Braden taking his fair share of reps at left tackle.

Of these three candidates, Braden is who I would consider the least likely candidate for the starting left tackle job, but given the information above, he’s someone we should at least keep our eyes on as training camp and the preseason unfolds.

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Packers 2021 training camp preview: Running backs

Lombardi Ave 15 July, 2021 - 03:44pm

Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers‘ run game has been a strength under head coach Matt LaFleur.

We’ve seen a couple of changes to the backfield this past offseason, but number one running back Aaron Jones returns on a new deal.

What should we know about the Packers’ running back depth chart ahead of training camp?

Both Jones and Jamaal Williams, the top two running backs on the depth chart last season, were set to hit free agency in March. The Packers worked out a new deal with Jones just before free agency started, but Williams went onto sign with the Detroit Lions.

Jones will lead the way again, but second-year AJ Dillon will be the frontrunner to step into Williams’ role.

To add some depth in the draft, the Packers selected Kylin Hill in the seventh round. He has a great opportunity in front of him to make the 53-man roster and secure the third spot on the depth chart.

Dexter Williams and Patrick Taylor both return and will provide competition with Hill for a roster spot.

Even without Williams, expectations should again be high for the Packers’ running backs. Green Bay’s rushing attack ranked eighth in the NFL last season, averaging 132.4 yards on the ground per game.

Jones’ Pro Bowl season was key to the Packers’ success on the ground. While they will miss Williams and his ability to play on all three downs, Dillon showed more than enough in his rookie season to believe he can see an increased role this year.

Don’t be surprised if Hill also gets some opportunities in the regular season. Matt LaFleur likes to rotate his running backs where possible and Hill is a good player. If he impresses over the summer, he could earn a backup role behind Jones and Dillon.

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A last minute trade the Detroit Lions should consider

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)

There’s been much media attention given to a Detroit Lions rival quarterback this offseason. But what if this controversy in Green Bay had a more direct effect on the Lions roster than only on the team’s ability to win a couple of games? For a minute, let’s speculate that a certain quarterback doesn’t show up to play for the Packers this season, what does that mean for a possible trade target on their roster?

This is where the Lions could capitalize. In this scenario, Detroit would be looking to make a trade to acquire wide receiver Davante Adams. Unlikely or not, we really won’t know until Aaron Rodgers makes a decision, likely not until he is scheduled to report to training camp on July 27 before camp begins on July 28, or even until the preseason is over and the regular season is about to kick off.

A last-minute trade for a legitimate number one wide receiver with Adams’ skillset would immediately elevate this Lions’ offensive prowess. Maybe our heads are in the clouds a bit with this scenario, but the controversy in Green Bay could shake out in any number of directions with players staying and going based on Rodgers’ actions. So why not dream a bit and talk about Adams lining up in Honolulu Blue?

Adams has hinted at leaving if the Packers don’t have Rodgers behind center. As long as the Detroit Lions don’t have to give up too much, Adams would be a welcomed addition to the receiving corps. He averaged a crazy 98.1 yards per game in 2020 with 18 touchdowns on 115 receptions.

To put it bluntly, Adams was a force to be reckoned with. Surprisingly, the Lions were the only team to slow him down to the tune of three catches for 36 yards and no scores in their first matchup last season. But Adams got his revenge in Detroit later in the season when he grabbed seven balls for 115 yards and a touchdown.

If the Lions were to make a last-second trade like this happen, Adams would immediately be the top receiving threat in Detroit and have all the opportunities to put up stats similar to 2020s 1,374 receiving yards. And the Motor City would be happy to have him, not to mention how excited Lions quarterback Jared Goff would be to have such a receiving threat to throw the ball to.

Crazy trade possibility or not, we’re nearing crunch time for the Packers and Rodgers. This scenario captures the potential fallout beyond the green and gold’s quarterback situation. The Detroit Lions could be there to pick up the pieces if things continue to trend south for the division rival.

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Packers: Ranking Davante Adams’ 5 best career performances

Lombardi Ave 15 July, 2021 - 05:53am

Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Davante Adams has had some incredible performances during his seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Choosing the top five is a near-impossible task. Think of all the incredible routes he’s run, impossible catches he’s made, and big performances he’s put together.

To rank the top five, I’ve not focused just on the numbers. That plays a part, of course, but also important is the game itself. That includes the situation in the game, making plays at crucial times, and also how big of an impact his performance made to the outcome and to the Packers’ season.

So let’s give this a go.

We rewind all the way back to Adams’ rookie season. This isn’t close to being his best statistical performance, but without him, the Packers would likely have lost a blockbuster showdown against the Patriots.

Entering this game, New England had won seven straight. Green Bay had only lost one of its past eight games. In a potential Super Bowl preview, the Packers and Patriots met at Lambeau Field.

As expected, it was a close game. A tense battle.

Jordy Nelson had a big touchdown catch before halftime, but he only had one other reception in the game. Green Bay needed another receiver to step up, and Adams did, helping the Packers pull off a statement victory over the soon-to-be Super Bowl champs.

Up against a struggling Eagles secondary, Adams made it look easy as he repeatedly got open and put together one of his finest performances. Aaron Rodgers targeted Adams 15 times in the game, 10 of them being caught for 180 yards.

It could’ve been an even bigger night for Adams, but he injured his toe after making a catch early in the fourth quarter. The reception put the Packers in the red zone and on course to score a TD. After losing Adams, the offense struggled and ended up losing the game.

But Adams made it a memorable evening with some unbelievable plays in just over three quarters.

After losing four straight and sitting at 4-6, the Packers were in all sorts of trouble. To have any hopes of making the playoffs, they would need to run the table.

A win against the Eagles in Week 12 gave the Packers some hope of pulling off a miracle, and their victory was inspired by Adams, who was unstoppable all night long. With two touchdown catches and one of the best over-the-shoulder receptions of his career, the Eagles had no answer.

Adams’ phenomenal night led the Packers to the first of eight consecutive wins.

It’s not always about the numbers, but also the big moments that count. Adams’ stats were impressive in this game, but the clutch plays he made are what puts this performance second in the list.

We all remember this game in the 2014 season. Dez Bryant didn’t catch it. But Adams did. Repeatedly.

Late in the third quarter with Green Bay trailing 21-13 and facing a third-and-15, Rodgers found Adams in the middle of the field. He turned a first down into a 46-yard touchdown after making one defender miss and sprinting past others.

Late in the game as the Packers defended their lead, Rodgers found Adams on another crucial third down. After making the catch, he shook off a defender and sprinted down the sideline to put the Packers in great field position and took time off the clock.

The Packers needed someone to step up and get the offense going in the second half. Adams made big plays at key moments to help his team advance to the NFC title game.

Five years on and Adams was no longer Green Bay’s third wide receiver, but Rodgers’ top target. That itself brings added pressure as well as more attention from opposing defenses.

Adams opened the scoring, finding the end zone on third-and-seven. He then sealed the win with a 40-yard touchdown that had some similarities to his key TD against the Cowboys in ’14. Adams made the catch, good for a first down, before he cut to his right to avoid a tackle and then sprinted into the end zone.

According to the NFL’s official Twitter account, only Rodgers had a higher PFF grade than Adams in the entire divisional round.

Adams not only had a huge game statistically, but it was a divisional-round showdown against the Seahawks, at Lambeau Field. It doesn’t get much bigger than that, and Adams delivered.

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