For the second consecutive day, Aaron Rodgers directed the Green Bay Packers’ scout-team offense.
That likely means that, for the second consecutive week, Rodgers will be inactive for a preseason game.
Rodgers spent Monday’s midday practice running the Raiders’ offense and dissecting the Packers’ No. 1 defense. In a red-zone drill, he threw five touchdown passes in six attempts. Rodgers didn’t run the No. 1 offense at practice last week, either, and rookies Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams ran the show in a victory over the Browns. This week, it appears the intention is to get No. 2 quarterback Brett Hundley plenty of action after the second-year prospect missed almost two weeks with an injured ankle.
“It depends on what Mike says,” Rodgers said of coach Mike McCarthy. “I know he wanted to get Brett some reps and get the young guys some reps. If I play, it won’t be a whole lot, but I’m still waiting. He hasn’t told me yet whether or not I’m playing. Has he told you guys yet?”
No, he hasn’t. And won’t. In his final media availability before Thursday’s game, McCarthy said playing time wouldn’t be decided until “after we get the medical report” on Tuesday. Judging by the practice structure, though, Rodgers doesn’t appear likely to play.
Rodgers said it’s a “flowing conversation” between himself and McCarthy in determining when and how much he plays in the preseason. In those conversations, Rodgers probably isn’t pushing his coach to get in the game. Last week, Rodgers placed greater importance on the practices, noting he faces better players and more scheme at practice than he would against an opponent defense trying to hide its good stuff for the regular season.
If he doesn’t play against Oakland, or if he plays briefly, Rodgers thought he’d play extensively next week at San Francisco. If so, it would be an opposite approach from last preseason, when Rodgers played the first two games but not the last two games.
“It’s about conditioning,” Rodgers said. “So, regardless if I play zero snaps or 100 in the preseason, nothing is going to officially get you ready for that first game until you get out there. You can prepare for it, but it’s always going to be the first couple test your wind. The only way to do that is if you played every snap of every preseason game, and that’s not going to happen. So, I would expect extended time in the third game, and probably not much to not play in the fourth game. It’s about conditioning at that point, and making sure you feel good by the time Week 1 rolls around.”
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