NFL Rumors: Aaron Rodgers' Absence At OTAs Could Hurt Rookie WR's Development

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Ernesto Cova

While no one can deny that Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, even the best of the best can only do so much with limited talent around him.

That's why one would expect him to be present in his team's voluntary offseason program so he could get some early work with his new receiving corps, especially the rookies. However, that won't be the case this time around.

Rodgers Will Skip OTAs

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For the second time in his career, Rodgers will skip the Packers' OTAs. The team, however, has no issue with that whatsoever, as he's coming off back-to-back MVP seasons despite missing camp last year:

"Rodgers is expected to be at Green Bay’s mandatory minicamp in June, but nothing else. And knowing that Rodgers performed at an MVP level last year despite skipping the offseason program, the Packers have no problem with him working out on his own in April and May," reported Myles Simmons of ProFootballTalk.

Rookies Will Have To Build A Foundation First

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Even so, Rodgers' absence could certainly stunt rookie receivers' development, as they won't get the chance to get through the playbook with Rodgers on the field:

“I think you build a foundation of our system, right? You start with your formations. You start with the playbook," passing-game coordinator Jason Vrable said. "They’ve got to get comfortable with that before ‘12’ is pulling out things and demanding what he needs from them."

The Coaches Got Rodgers' Back

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Even so, the team's coaching staff is fully confident in their ability to sub in for Rodgers and get the wideouts ready for when no. 12 is around:

“I think the playbook itself is going to take all the way through training camp, period. I think me being here for three years in this exact system and knowing exactly what ‘12’ is looking for, along with Matt (LaFleur), is going to help a lot," Vrable concluded.

It'll Take Some Time To Develop Chemistry

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Rodgers lost his top two receivers in Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Now, he'll need to develop chemistry with a new set of receivers in little-to-no time:

“There may be some things that you know you can’t do with some younger guys that Davante, just through experience, him and Aaron’s connection, there may be some things that are going to take some time to develop,” OC Adam Stenavich said. “But I think for the most part, we’re looking for the pieces that are going to allow us to run the offense that we want to run.”

While this wouldn't be the first time a star QB skips OTAs and doesn't work out with his rookie wideouts until the mandatory camp, it sure raises some concerns on a fanbase that expects the team to finally get over the hump next season.