Bay Packers Julius Peppers looks on during NFL football
June 17, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY —
Aaron Rodgers dropped back and threw a high-arcing pass, the ball
just skipping off the edge of a net stationed in the corner of the
end zone about 20 yards away.
As the crowd
swooned at Green Bay Packers minicamp Tuesday, the quarterback
slapped his hands in disappointment as if he had just missed an
open receiver for a touchdown at midseason. Going into his 10th
year in the league, Rodgers is as competitive as ever in the
opportunity to build team chemistry with the guys. It's the
challenge of beating up on Dom (Capers) and his defense,"
said Rodgers, jokingly referring to the team's defensive
proving yourself to young guys that haven't seen you in action
other than on TV over the years as I've become one of the older
guys in the locker room," Rodgers added. "But I have
said that in the past — if I can't be an almost-to-a-completely
full offseason participator, then I'm going to move on. I plan on
being here for a long time."
Rodgers is a
well-paid constant on an offense that undergoes some turnover each
year given the front office's "draft-and-develop"
philosophy. This offseason, the receiving corps is in a bit
younger with veteran James Jones gone and three rookies joining
the team from the draft.
Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews looks for his
helmet during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 17, 2014,
in Green Bay, Wis.
Finley, the starter at tight end the past few seasons, remains a
free agent after getting sidelined in October with a neck injury.
Green Bay added tight end Richard Rodgers from the draft.
Packers' first-round pick in 2005, doesn't think the added youth
adds more work.
same, it's just different guys," Rodgers said. "You know
you look for ways to get to know your new teammates, you try to
work on your timing in the spring and you get yourself and your
offense ready for training camp."
McCarthy sees it a little differently. He said some changes have
been made on offense to make it easier for newer players, though
in the end the biggest change was actually for Rodgers.
"But it was
the best thing for the group, so he had a little more studying to
do this year than in prior years. I think he's handled that very
well," McCarthy said. He said it shows on the practice field
in ball efficiency, for instance, which has been one of the points
of emphasis this season.
Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during
NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Green Bay,
Rodgers did yoga
in the offseason, which he has said helps with flexibility as he
gets older. Rodgers, 30, had a left collarbone injury that knocked
him out for much of the second half last season.
He stayed away
from some heavy lifting, especially with his shoulders. Took rehab
slow and feels good, he said earlier in the offseason.
different voice in the quarterbacks room with position coach Alex
Van Pelt sliding over to new responsibilities after overseeing
running backs last year. Van Pelt replaced Ben McAdoo, now
offensive coordinator of the New York Giants.
Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stretches during NFL
football minicamp Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
talking, teaching the same system obviously. But sometimes the
language can be different. the style of coaching can be a little
bit different," Van Pelt said. "The key for him is just
to lock in and he's done a great job of that."
appears to be more comfortable with the media scrutiny that comes
with being one of the most of the most recognizable players in the
NFL. A photo circulating on the Internet recently shows Rodgers
kissing actress Olivia Munn.
Rodgers, a noted
basketball fan, also deftly sidestepped a question at his locker
Tuesday about whether he'd be interested in becoming an investor
with the new ownership group of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
No camera phones
or social media sites back when Brett Favre was quarterback the
Packers in the 1990s, Rodgers noted.
"It's been a
natural progression as you start to think about the things that
are important and the things that you should be worrying about and
the things that are out of your control," he said about
attention on his personal life. "For me, as I get older, I
love this game, I enjoy my privacy, but I realize it comes with a
territory when you have success. Come what may, as far as that