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GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers don’t know whether Aaron Rodgers will show up for next week’s mandatory minicamp but considering he already has missed enough of the offseason program to forfeit his $500,000 workout bonus, what’s another $93,000?
That’s what the Packers could fine Rodgers for missing the three-day camp, which begins Tuesday.
“I don’t know,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said when asked whether Rodgers will report. “We’ll see come Tuesday.”
LaFleur reiterated that he wants Rodgers to continue to serve as the Packers’ quarterback even though Rodgers has become disgruntled with the organization.
“I’ve got nothing to update on that situation, and you guys all know how we feel about it,” LaFleur said.
Without Rodgers at OTAs, Jordan Love served as the No. 1 quarterback again this week. During Tuesday’s session that was open to reporters, Love completed 10 of 17 passes during the lone 11-on-11 period but was sacked twice and intercepted once (on a ball that went off the hands of his receiver). He often could be seen working through his progressions and at one point threw short to running backs on six plays in a seven-snap stretch.
LaFleur didn’t mind Love’s penchant for checking the ball down.
“One thing we’ve really stressed onto him was reading with your feet,” LaFleur said. “Today was the first time we’ve had a competitive period that wasn’t 7-on-7, so I think there was definitely some learning for everybody on the offensive side. It was a little bit of a rough day for the offense, but typically this time of year I think that’s pretty normal, just in terms of the defense is typically ahead of your offense. So we’ll take a look at the tape, but I think he’s really attacking it the right way. The focus is there, the work ethic; he’s grinding away and trying to get a little bit better each and every day.”
The Packers have not made Love available for interviews yet this offseason, but he is scheduled to speak to reporters during next week’s minicamp.
It was also the first look at veteran Blake Bortles, who was signed last month. Bortles served as the No. 2 quarterback and had the longest completion of practice: a deep ball to undrafted rookie receiver Bailey Gaither, who got behind cornerback Kevin King for an outstretched catch.
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