Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played a single snap during the preseason. In fact, he doesn’t even suit up in full pads. The veteran quarterback wouldn’t have it any other way.
Matt LaFleur has opted to keep Rodgers on the sideline for the entirety of the preseason. In doing so, he ensures his veteran quarterback stays healthy ahead of the 2021 season. Plus, at this point in Rodgers’ career, it’s not like he needs more live in-game snaps to be ready for the regular season.
How does Rodgers’ feel about LaFleur’s decision? It may be one of the few decisions the Packers have made that the 2020-21 NFL MVP is happy about.
In a sideline interview during the Packers-Jets preseason game on NFL Network on Saturday, Rodgers revealed he’s “glad” to be on the sidelines instead of playing in the preseason.
“I’m just glad Matty’s got me on the sidelines man,” Rodgers said, via Lily Zhao of FOX6.
Aaron Rodgers is observing this preseason. Smiles and says: “I’m just glad Matty’s got me on the sidelines man.”
— Lily Zhao (@LilySZhao) August 21, 2021
We don’t blame him. The preseason is pretty much pointless at this point, except for rookies trying to make the final 53-man roster.
There’s almost no incentive for teams and coaches to play veteran star players. For some reason, it still happens. Players like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have taken plenty of snaps in the preseason so far. We’re not sure why.
At least Rodgers is is no risk of getting injured. The Packers quarterback won’t take the field until the season-opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 12.
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