#PackersDaily: The Curious Case of the Missing Wide Receivers

Aaron chats with Packers fans worldwide after the morning after the first open OTA practice.

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albert999's picture

May 26, 2021 at 12:04 pm

How much have the receivers that didn’t show up lose in bonus money each?

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PackerAaron's picture

May 26, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Adams is the only one with a workout bonus, which is $500,000.

ETA: Funchess does have a $50,000 workout bonus as well.

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jont's picture

May 26, 2021 at 04:17 pm

In today's context, yes, it is curious that most of the WRs are not in camp if by 'curious' you mean troubling.

As near as I could find, Devante and the rest were in the voluntary OTAs in 2019 (with last year basically lost to covid) so by that measure it's notable that they're missing during act three of 12 and the Gute. Of course, there might be other reasons. Then again, these guys are giving up real money by staying home.

Wondering about this is inevitable, and the speculation is in itself negative. Have Devante or the others said anything reassuring? If so, I missed it.

It's beginning to look like some lines have been drawn. Not the unity a team needs.

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greengold's picture

May 26, 2021 at 04:30 pm

jont, I don't think this has anything to do with some team unity issue. It makes sense for the WR group to stay home if the team asks them to stay home, without losing any of their pay, as they are in discussions on a possible trade with another team.

The Packers would not want to expose any of their players to possible injury unnecessarily if they are working on a deal, and another team has shown interest.

That seems most likely and plausible.

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Coldworld's picture

May 27, 2021 at 08:49 am

They aren’t trading all 5 ...

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greengold's picture

May 27, 2021 at 09:07 am

Of course not. But, there are likely different combinations of WRs/OL that DEN might be looking to acquire. You keep those players who have any possibility of being included out. Seems smart, reasonable and appropriate.

It is very easy to see, maybe they want Davante and another WR... maybe they want Bakhtiari and another WR or two... No???

Keeping the entire starting WR group out, the one that AR knows best, makes sense then. At least, it does to me. Sorry if I failed to communicate that.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 27, 2021 at 10:52 am

You're pushing the trade thing too far gg. NFL teams, like most of the country is in unknown territory post Covid-19. This is most likely a combo of NFLPA/NFL dancing over live OTA more than the ongoing Rodgers drama. Right now, he is not that important, this mostly being about the 2 years and rookies. June 1st is when things get serious between Rodgers people and the team. We'll see then...

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PackerAaron's picture

May 26, 2021 at 04:46 pm

It's not troubling. It's voluntary.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

May 26, 2021 at 08:11 pm

Missing the OTA's could be disastrous for St. Brown. If the Packers keep five wide receivers he could easily be the odd man out with the addition of Amari Rodgers who is our 3rd round draft choice this year. I like our group of tight ends and I could see the Packers easily keeping four or perhaps even five. In my opinion, Equanimeous St Brown has made a mistake by skipping the OTA's.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

May 26, 2021 at 10:54 pm

Ferrari,
Interesting because that too was the #1 thing that went thru my mind as well. How stupid of ESB and he is supposedly very intelligent.

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ImaPayne's picture

May 26, 2021 at 11:00 pm

maybe they fear if they show up, the ones who stayed out will be rodgers pets. and he won't pass them the ball.
over the years he has done that to receivers who drop a sure pass or run the route wrong, he won't Target them as punishment.

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