Aaron Rodgers’ absence from the Green Bay Packers‘ voluntary OTAs means Jordan Love gets more important reps.
However, on Tuesday, many of the Packers’ top wide receivers weren’t there to catch passes.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Devin Funchess all weren’t there during Tuesday’s practice. Outside of rookie Amari Rodgers, that’s the Packers’ top five wide receivers.
Now, it’s important to note that OTAs are voluntary. The players don’t need to be there. But it does seem noteworthy that all five of them weren’t in attendance. That’s especially true for St. Brown, who could be competing for a spot on the 53-man roster this summer, and Funchess, who didn’t play last season.
It’s unclear why these five players weren’t at OTAs on Tuesday, but LaFleur didn’t give much away when speaking to reporters this afternoon.
“I think as a coach you always want as many guys that choose to show up here,” LaFleur said. “There’s a lot of team chemistry which is so important in winning and losing in this league.”
Rob Demovsky asked LaFleur in the press conference whether he thought it was a “coordinated effort” between the receivers to no-show practice on Tuesday.
“I really don’t know,” LaFleur said. “I’ve had individual conversations with each guy but never once has that come up.”
LaFleur wouldn’t go into details so it could be completely coincidental. And, again, these practices are voluntary. The Packers’ mandatory minicamp will be held next month. Maybe we’ll see a few of the receivers back out there in upcoming practices. It would certainly help the QBs to have their top pass catchers out there, even if it is only OTAs.
Without many of the team’s top receivers out there today, it presents an opportunity for others to impress in front of the coaching staff, although practices aren’t yet at full speed.