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Who is Shailene Woodley engaged to?

'Big Little Lies' actress Shailene Woodley, who confirmed her engagement to National Football League (NFL) star Aaron Rodgers in February, says she is in no rush to get married. WIONShailene Woodley is in no rush to get married

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During a Monday appearance on Late Night, Rodgers' fiancée Shailene Woodley recalled watching the NFL star prepare to host the beloved quiz show, which apparently involved an awful lot of binge-watching.

"I would go to work at 8 a.m., 6 a.m., and he would start his Netflix Jeopardy binge, and then when I would get home at 8 or 9 p.m. he would still be watching Jeopardy," Woodley told host Seth Meyers. "I would open the trash can and I would just see a bunch of empty to-go containers and milkshake cups that he had ordered on Uber Eats. And I was like, 'You literally just Uber Eat-ed and watched Jeopardy all day long today.'"

Of course, there was a little more to it than that. "He had stacks of notebooks and notes that he took," Woodley continued. "It was actually really inspiring to watch his steadfast commitment to learning every single part of the Jeopardy game."

The Last Letter From Your Lover star also got in on the prep: "We did a lot of rehearsing back and forth, where he would read some fake things that he had created and be like, 'Was my tone right? How is it all working?'" Woodley recalled. "It was fun."

Rodgers has previously described his extensive preparation to host Jeopardy, telling the Ringer that he would watch episodes muted to practice reading the clues.

"You've got to learn the form. It's looking down to read the clue and then looking up to call on a contestant, and also understanding what the answer is in case none of the contestants get it right, and then realizing at that point that you've got to work on your posture and where you're looking and know who you're talking to when you give that response," the Green Bay Packers quarterback said. "There were so many little things that were important for Alex [Trebek] being so smooth that I just wanted to be sure I had down."

All that work seems to have paid off: Rodgers' turn on Jeopardy was very well received, putting him among the best-liked Jeopardy guest hosts thus far. He's also been open about his desire to take over as host full-time, telling the Ringer, "I'm not shy at all about saying I want the job."

Of course, he'll have to beat out presumed frontrunner Ken Jennings and another eager applicant for the job, LeVar Burton. Burton will host Jeopardy next week, following current guest host Robin Roberts. (See the full schedule of guest hosts here.)

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Shailene Woodley comes out against unrealistic sex scenes where women keep their bras on

Daily Mail 21 July, 2021 - 10:01pm

By Brian Marks For Dailymail.com

She hasn't shied away from frank depictions of sexuality throughout her film and television career.

And Shailene Woodley opened up about her preference for realistic sex scenes over more modest displays in her new Hollywood Reporter cover profile, published Friday.

The 29-year-old Big Little Lies star shared that one of her pet peeves is when female actors are covered up while making love in ways they likely wouldn't be in real life. 

Not a fan: Shailene Woodley, 29, called out unrealistic sex scenes where characters keep their clothes on while opening up about filming intimate scenes of her own in a Hollywood Reporter profile from Friday; seen March 2020

'Oftentimes in movies, you see two people having sex and the woman has her bra on, and in real life, I don't think I ever did that, sex with a bra — or very, very rarely,' she admitted.

In fact, Woodley hasn't been afraid to appear nude on camera when she thought it was the right choice for the scene, though she makes those determinations after chatting with her director and costars. 

'I've never felt uncomfortable doing intimate scenes because I'm very vocal,' she explained. 'I always sit down and talk with the director, the other actor. We always have conversations of, 'How are you planning on shooting it? Is nudity necessary? Is it going to distract from the scene, add to the scene?' We know exactly what the boundaries are. And I've never been in a situation where those things haven't been honored.'

The most recent example of her commitment to naturalism was last year's indie romantic drama Endings, Beginnings, in which she played a woman in a love triangle with characters played by 50 Shades Of Gray star Jamie Dornan and Avengers: Endgame's Sebastian Stan.

Uncommon: 'Oftentimes in movies, you see two people having sex and the woman has her bra on, and in real life, I don't think I ever did that, sex with a bra — or very, very rarely,' she admitted

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Veteran: Woodley has filmed several nude sex scenes, including for her 2020 romantic drama Beginnings, Endings, which also stars Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan

In the profile, the film's director, Drake Doremus, praised her lack of self-consciousness.

'She's not modern, she's a throwback, like a French actress in the '60s or something,' he opined. 'She owns her sexuality in a way that's just so liberating and magical. She's able to use her gut and her intuition a lot. She's chill and easy and present and kind and thoughtful and humble. And just so not — I hate to say the word, but — actory.'

The key to her technique, whether in sex scenes or in fully clothed moments, is to focus on what a character doesn't want to be revealed.

'I've always been so fascinated with, 'What is this person giving to me on the surface and what is behind their eyes?' Because there are so many things that we don't allow other people to see.' 

The right choice: Endings, Beginnings director Drake Doremus praised her for owning 'her sexuality in a way that's just so liberating and magical'

New love: Woodley also opened up about her engagement to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom she struck up a relationship with during the pandemic

Woodley also opened up about her engagement to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom she struck up a relationship with during the pandemic after they were introduced by mutual friends.

The Descendants star  said she and Rodgers hoped to 'live in' their 'little bubble' for as long as possible and only went public with their engagement so they could stay on top of the news. 

'When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn't want someone else to do it before we did,' she said of the big reveal, which happened while Aaron was accepting his MVP award in February. 

'And we didn't do it for months and months after we had become engaged.'

Even after the cat was out of the bag, they didn't rush to share more details about their relationship.

'The reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, 'Let's just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble,'' she continued.

Lovers: Aarons surprised many when he referred to his 'fiancé' while accepting the MVP award during the NFL Honors in February, but they had already been engaged for months

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Shailene Woodley Recalls How 'Debilitating' Health Condition Left Her 'Spun Out' | Shape

Shape Magazine 21 July, 2021 - 10:01pm

"I said no to a lot of projects, not because I wanted to but because I physically couldn't participate in them. And I definitely suffered a lot more than I had to because I didn't take care of myself," recalled Woodley. "The self-inflicted pressure of not wanting to be helped or taken care of created more physical unrest throughout those years."

Woodley, who, in April 2020, revealed to The New York Times that she was "very, very sick in [her] early 20s" while shooting the Divergent films, is now "on the tail end" of her health struggles. But, as she told The Hollywood Reporter in July 2021, the experiences will forever be part of her story.

"It's an interesting thing, going through something so physically dominating while also having so many people pay attention to the choices you make, the things you say, what you do, what you look like," explained Woodley, who did not specify the health condition she struggled with publicly, who hasn't shared the specifics of her illness with the public. "It spun me out for a while. You feel so incredibly isolated and alone. Unless someone can see that you have a broken arm or a broken leg, it's really difficult for people to relate to the pain that you're experiencing when it's a silent, quiet and invisible pain." (Related: I'm a Fitness Influencer with an Invisible Illness That Causes Me to Gain Weight).

Among the lessons that Woodley learned at the time: ignoring the often vicious chatter in the world around her.

"It made me learn the incredibly difficult life task of not caring what people think about you very quickly," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "The more I paid attention to the noise that was surrounding me, the longer it was taking my body and my mind to heal because I wasn't focused on myself, I was focused on an image of myself via the lens of everyone around us."

Fast forward to today and Woodley seems content with both her professional and personal life. Currently engaged to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom she met during the COVID-19 pandemic, the actress previously told Shape how the couple "jumped headfirst" into their relationship, moving in together immediately.

"I was by myself with my dog and didn't see anyone for three months," she said of her living situation prior to Rodgers. "It forced me to be still and quiet."

Despite the unique circumstances in the early stages of their relationship, Woodley believes her path was always destined to cross that of Rodgers. "I have the perspective that I would have met Aaron in any context, any space in time, because I feel we were meant to be together," Woodley shared with Shape in June 2021.

Although the couple has enjoyed their blissful engagement — trips to Disney World and Hawaii included — Woodley recently told Entertainment Tonight that she and her 37-year-old fiancé are in no rush to wed. So, what is she to do in the meantime? Given Woodley's conversation

Odds are Woodley will continue to enjoy some quality time with Rodgers, all the while taking care of herself — something she does by prioritizing sleep, practicing more positive self-talk, and using astrology to help encourage "more self-compassion." (Related: Shailene Woodley Really Wants You to Try a Mud Bath)

The Passing Chronicles: Stick-Nod with Lookie in 2020

Cheesehead TV 21 July, 2021 - 10:01pm

Dusty looks back on the Packers usage of the Stick-Nod concept in 2020

Today, we continue our series of looking at passing concepts the Packers ran in 2020. We kicked this series off last week with one of my favorites: All Go HB Seam. Last week’s concept was designed to hit vertical shots down the field. This week’s concept plays off the well-worn Stick concept and is designed to pick up a few yards off a quick throw, while allowing Davante Adams to use his specific skill set to break down defenders from the slot.

For starters: what is the Stick concept? Stick is a West Coast concept, believed to have been created by the late, great Bill Walsh (though there are concepts from Sid Gillman that look almost exactly the same). It’s a three-man concept, designed to stretch the defense horizontally on one side of the field. It’s a quick concept, designed to have the ball out of the quarterback’s hands at the top of his three-step drop. The Stick concept consists of:

Let’s take a look at some playbook pages of Stick through the years

A common variation of Stick is to have the receiver running the stick route to run a stick-and-nod route. Run forward 5-7 yards, turn to look for the ball, then turn back up the field on a vertical route. That release can also be paired with a pivot route from the slot receiver, though it is not always run that way.

If the defense is sitting on the stick route, this is a good way to take advantage of the defensive lean. This is one of my favorite examples of the stick-and-nod route, featuring Randall Cobb and Luke Kuechly:

The Packers paired the Stick-Nod concept with a Lookie route from the slot on the other side. The Lookie route is basically a three-way option route. Depending on the leverage of the defender, the route can be a slant, stop or out route.

It’s hard for a defender to cover a receiver out of the slot, as they can release in any direction on the field. When that slot receiver is Davante Adams and he has a three-way option route depending on your leverage, it’s nearly impossible. The Packers, having smart people running the offense, realize this. They ran this concept 18 times and Adams ran the Lookie route on 16 of them. He drew the target on 13 of those plays and averaged 6.31 yards per attempt.

To quote Vince Lombardi, “There’s nothing spectacular about it; it’s just a yard gainer.”

I’ve mentioned the three options on the Lookie route: Slant, Out and Stop. In the 18 times they ran this concept, Rodgers threw it to the Lookie receiver 14 times. Let’s take a look at each of those categories.

This route was targeted on 57% of the throws to the Lookie route, and averaged 6.25 yards per attempt.

On this play, Adams has a defender aligned on his inside shoulder pre-snap and the only defender wider than him on the field is over the outside receiver. At the snap, Adams pushes in slightly to maintain his leverage, then releases outside. With the outside receiver taking the wide defender deep, there’s no one on the boundary. Rodgers hits Adams for 8 yards.

This specific route could be seen more as a pivot route than an out route, but, for the sake of simplicity, I decided to group all of these types of routes in the Out category.

This was the second most popular route, garnering 36% of the throws to the Lookie route, and averaged 7.8 yards per attempt. Per Bobby Peters’ book on the 2020 Packers offense, the general rule on this route is “slant till you can’t.” A slant route gives the best chance for a nice pick-up of yardage, since the QB is able to hit a receiver in-stride with a head full of steam.

If someone is playing straight-up over Adams, he can beat them whichever way he sees fit. On this play, he attacks, gets off the jam and releases inside. Rodgers hits his third step, fires to Adams and the Packers pick up 10 yards on 3rd & 3.

There was only 1 throw to the stop route, and it fell incomplete. It was in the Week 6 loss to the Bucs, when a lot of things went wrong.

Jamaal Williams goes in motion before the snap, dragging the defender off Adams and to the boundary. With no one replacing him and the Bucs looking like they’re bringing pressure, Adams runs the stop route more like a hot route. With the linebacker from the opposite side of the line trying to drop under the route to replace the blitzer, Rodgers is expecting Adams to drift away from the middle. Adams may be looking for the outside defender to roll off Williams to trap the route, so he stays straight. A miscommunication – or Rodgers and Adams reading different parts of the coverage – and the ball falls harmlessly to the turf.

There are only 4 instances of throwing to the non-Lookie receiver. The biggest play out of the 18 plays I looked at came from a late throw to the pivot route out of the stick concept.

With Khalil Mack falling under the stick-and-nod route and Buster Skrine breaking on the initial out route, Equanimeous St. Brown pivots away from the out route and finds a ton of room in the middle of the field. Rodgers sets up for a better throwing window and St. Brown has a nice run after the catch for 15 yards.

Like I said near the top, this isn’t going to be a game-breaker concept, but it has been a staple in the passing game for decades for a reason: it’s a simple and versatile concept that is consistently good for 5-7 yards. “It’s just a yard gainer.”

Before we go, have a smattering of numbers on this concept:

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Packers offensive weapons ranked 11th in NFL by ESPN

Lombardi Ave 21 July, 2021 - 01:17pm

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Who says the Green Bay Packers haven’t given Aaron Rodgers enough help?

Last season, the Packers’ offense led the league in scoring, leading to Rodgers winning his third NFL MVP award. Rodgers’ incredible play was key to the Packers’ offensive success, but he didn’t do it alone.

Along with having a dominant offensive line in front of him, a group that ranked second by Pro Football Focus for 2020, he also had good weapons around him.

Entering the 2021 season, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has ranked every team’s offensive weapons, with the Packers coming in at No. 11. That’s hardly an offense not giving its star quarterback enough help.

Barnwell praises Davante Adams’ outstanding play from last season, as well Robert Tonyan’s breakout year along with the contributions from the other wide receivers. He does question whether AJ Dillon is ready to replace Jamaal Williams as the number two running back.

It’s a fair question to ask, especially as Dillon didn’t play a whole lot of snaps last season and he needs to improve his pass protection and receiving work to catch Williams. However, Dillon did impress in his limited opportunities and looked great as a runner, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. I’m extremely confident that Dillon will have a strong second season.

Barnwell didn’t mention the Packers’ addition of third-round pick Amari Rodgers, who can make an immediate impact this season. Devin Funchess is effectively a new signing too as he didn’t play last year.

Overall, it’s hard to have too many complaints with the rankings. Green Bay has two superstars in Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, but lacks the great depth teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns have.

What is for sure is that the Packers have plenty of great offensive weapons along with a strong offensive line for their quarterback, whether it’s Rodgers or not.

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