Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks onto Lambeau
Field during the Family Night practice of NFL football
training camp Saturday Aug. 2, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY —
Aaron Rodgers is expected to make his 2014 debut on Saturday.
missed the preseason opener at Tennessee that was played in a
drenching rainstorm, Saturday's game at St. Louis is more about
seeing what the other guys around Rodgers do more than anything
more interested in what happens on the other side of his
performance, particularly in the passing game," coach Mike
McCarthy said Tuesday. "But Aaron, he needs to get out there
and play just like we do every year."
The plan calls
for Rodgers to get the most playing time in the second and third
preseason games, though with relatively limited snaps.
was about the right amount," he said with a slight smirk when
asked about whether he needed more time this year.
Rodgers did more
yoga as part of his offseason routine, something that the
30-year-old quarterback has said helps with flexibility as he gets
The 2011 NFL MVP
might be having one of his best training camps yet of his nearly
A year after a
left collarbone injury knocked him out for much of the second half
of last season, Rodgers seems as sharp as ever in practice.
Yet it's quite
understandable what the top goal is for Rodgers and the Packers in
"I'd like to
stay healthy. That's kind of the goal there," Rodgers said.
"Last year we didn't score a touchdown, so my No. 2 goal is
to score a touchdown."
But really, he is
looking forward to playing.
There is a new
center to break in with JC Tretter, and young receivers who need
time to replenish depth following the offseason departure of
reliable veteran James Jones as a free agent to Oakland.
All this against
a Rams defense that figures to be good this year.
"It's a real
good defense," Rodgers said. "It'd be nice to take a
couple hits maybe, legal hits. This is the time of year we're
trying to get to be playing the right way and get in and get
There has been
more time available lately for lesser-known receivers to make an
impression after recent injuries to Jordy Nelson and rookie
Nelson did return
to practice Tuesday for light duty after missing a couple of days
with a sore hamstring. Adams remained out with a wrist injury
which McCarthy didn't think would be a long-term issue.
player Myles White has seized on the opportunity to stand out with
his play, so much so that Rodgers has nicknamed him "Myles
Mayweather," after champion welterweight boxer Floyd
190-pound White chuckled when informed that Rodgers had disclosed
his new nickname. Fittingly, White is a Mayweather fan.
"I'm not the
strongest guy, or the biggest guy, so I need to be a beast. I need
to be annoying, you know what I mean?" White said. He
declared he wasn't initiating contact.
sure everyone in the history of any fight has said that you know.
It's never been their fault," White said with a smile.
"These weren't my fault for real, seriously."
Also on Tuesday:
In a rush, Nelson
wasn't too chatty when approached by reporters about his
hamstring. A hamstring injury sidelined Green Bay's No. 1 receiver
for a few games in 2012.
talking about it. We're good," Nelson said.
Asked about his
prognosis after appearing to be limited Tuesday, Nelson replied,
"I have no idea. We'll continue to work at it ... I'm good.
Packers, especially the 2014 draft class, have impressed Rodgers.
That's a good thing when a prospective Packer gets on the good
side of the team's longest-tenured player. This year's class is
headed by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was taken in the first
round out of Alabama.
"You have to
earn a spot on this team. I think you're seeing it with this draft
class, the maturity about them, the lack of the entitlement that
maybe we've seen in some other draft classes," Rodgers said.
They've come in and worked really hard. It's going to be a tough