According to multiple sources, following conversations over the weekend between Rodgers’ representatives and the team, the sides had made enough progress on an altered contract for Rodgers — one that would apparently give him a modicum of control back over his future — to end his stalemate with the team and come to camp after missing all of the offseason program.
Scott and Bradley enter camp with in-person competition and will have to earn a fourth year on the roster after being part of general manager Brian Gutekunst’s first draft class in 2018.
NEW ORLEAINS - The Saints and Caesars Entertainment Inc. have inked a 20-year deal that gives the Reno, Nevada-based casino operator exclusive naming rights to the Superdome, as well as greatly expanding the partnership between the two organizations with the aim of bringing more big sporting events and entertainment acts to New Orleans.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Unlike last year, Louisiana public school leaders are deferring to local school officials on face masks and other safety measures amid the rising number of cases of the coronavirus.Caddo and Bossier parishes are expected to announce their safety measures this week.Sandy Holloway, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the board is standing by guidelines by the state Department of Education released on July 8, well before the latest surge."BESE has issued no mandates and approved no policies related to masking or distancing in schools for the coming year," Holloway said in a statement."Decisions regarding masking and other prevention measures are best made by those closest to our students, and Louisiana's local school systems have the authority to develop COVID-19 policies appropriate for their communities," she said.The guidelines are based on recommendations of the Louisiana Department of Health and the federal Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.Some school districts start classes during the first week of August.Holloway stressed that the benchmarks "are not state-issued requirements but recommendations for local K-12 leadership to consider in adopting their own opening plans for 2021-22."The BESE president made her comments on the same day Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state has experienced the largest surge of coronavirus cases per capita of any state in the nation.Edwards said Louisiana is in its fourth surge of the deadly disease and he recommended, but did not mandate, that citizens wear face masks indoors to help curb the spread.The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, and the unvaccinated are credited with fueling the surge that is now mostly the Delta variant.State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley said Friday he has no plans to revisit the face mask or other issues."Ultimately at this point the exact set of mitigation efforts employed remains a local decision," Brumley said in a text message.The state approach this time represents a sharp contrast with 2020, when the pandemic was about four months old.On July 14, 2020, BESE approved minimum safety standards for the reopening of public schools that included face mask requirements for students and adults alike.The vote, without dissent, endorsed the plan offered by Brumley, including rules governing school bus limits, indoor gatherings, daily hygiene and social distancing policies.The plan also said "all adults and students in grades 3 through 12 must wear a face mask covering to the greatest extent possible and practical within the local community context."The guidelines this time say unvaccinated individuals five years and older should wear face masks while indoors.Mike Faulk, executive director of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, said Monday many superintendents are taking a wait and see approach on face masks and other issues."I think they will wait another week and a half and see how it develops," Faulk said.He said most superintendents appreciate state school leaders deferring to local educators on what to mandate.The 2020-21 school year began with a combination of in-person and distance learning or some of each, called hybrid.By the end of the year more than 70% of students were back in classrooms as coronavirus numbers dropped and vaccines became widely available.
One of defensive coordinator Joe Barry's biggest tasks during camp will be identifying who can play the "Star" position.
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry will have plenty of options, with second-year linebackers Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin seemingly the favorites among holdovers on the roster.
Adams, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, has cut off extension talks with the team — and there are no plans to resume them with training camp set to kick off next week.
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Saints All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas is expected to miss the beginning of the 2021 season after he had ankle surgery in June, according to a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.Thomas sustained a high ankle sprain in the 2020 season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played intermittently for the rest of the season. He finished the year with 438 yards receiving on 50 catches.His recommended time of recovery is four months, which would line up with him missing at least four games. The Athletic reported that Thomas could miss five games while he recovers.Thomas was not made available to the media during the three days of minicamp in June, but coach Sean Payton said on June 10 that he was present and participating."We're still monitoring it and paying attention to it and scanning it and all those things," Payton said in June about Thomas' ankle. "He's getting treatment and doing the things that are necessary. So far, so good."The news regarding surgery isn't new. It was reported back in January that Thomas would likely need "surgeries" to fix his torn deltoid and the injured ligaments in his ankle.The Saints have a Week 6 idle week, so the team could place him on the regular season's physically unable to perform list if they do believe he'll miss the first five games of the season. Players who begin the regular season on PUP must sit out the first six weeks of the season, and then they have a 21-day window where the player can practice before being brought back to the 53-man roster.The receiver room without Thomas features Tre'Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, Jake Lampman, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Jalen McCleskey, rookie seventh-round draft pick Kawaan Baker and undrafted rookie Easop Winston.When Thomas was out last season, the Saints had veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders available to lead the way, pacing the receivers with 726 yards receiving on 61 catches. However, the Saints released Sanders in the offseason due to salary cap constraints. He's on Buffalo's roster now.The top returning receiver in terms of receiving output is fourth-year receiver Smith, who had 448 yards receiving on 50 catches in 14 games. The 2018 third-round draft pick out of UCF is in a contract year.The player who led the team in receiving yards last season was running back Alvin Kamara, who finished the year with 756 yards receiving on 83 catches. The third-most productive pass catcher in 2020 is also no longer with the team, as tight end Jared Cook hit free agency and was not re-signed. Cook, who had 504 yards receiving on 37 catches last year, plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.Before Thomas got hurt last season, the Ohio State product had sky-high expectations. He wanted to best his efforts from 2019, where he was the NFL's offensive player of the year and broke the league's single-season receptions record with 149 catches.The news regarding Thomas is just the latest in disappointing news regarding Saints starters. Last week, starting defensive tackle David Onyemata was suspended for the first six games/seven weeks of the 2021 season after he tested positive for a banned substance.Then, there's cornerback Marshon Lattimore's lingering court case in Cleveland. He was charged with a fourth-degree felony after police found a handgun in his possession during a traffic stop in March was allegedly stolen. There have been no updates in the case.Taking Thomas, Onyemata and Lattimore into consideration, the Saints could very well suit up just 11 of their starters from their 2020 season opener. Quarterback Drew Brees has retired; tight end Josh Hill was released and has since retired; guard Nick Easton was released; defensive end Trey Hendrickson signed with Cincinnati; defensive tackle Malcom Brown was traded to Jacksonville; linebacker Alex Anzalone signed with Detroit; and cornerback Janoris Jenkins was released and now plays for Tennessee.
Kenny Clark had more sacks (2.5) in two playoff games than he had in 13 regular-season games (2.0) last year.
Until Bakhtiari's health situation is figured out, the Packers will have to experiment with a host of left tackle alternatives while also hoping \rookie second-round pick Josh Myers can step into the starting center role as planned and while sorting out a depth chart that is long on youth and short on experience behind the starting crew.
Here’s a closer look at the tight end position as the Packers prepare for training camp, which is scheduled to begin for the full roster next Wednesday.
The second-year back is expected to take over the job formerly held by Jamaal Williams.
The team was pleased to have survived the financial challenges of COVID-19 without having to dip into its rainy-day corporate reserve fund (which now stands at $511 million) and having lost $38.8 million from operations during the fiscal year.
In just over a week, the full 90-man roster is slated to report to Green Bay, with the first practice of training camp set for July 28. And because Rodgers has said next to nothing publicly about his intentions, all anyone can do at this point is make educated guesses.
Ryan Ramczyk can't really pinpoint whether he's a few blocks away, around the corner or just down the street. But the New Orleans Saints' star right tackle knows he's approaching being the player he wants to be.
“Whether we have two of them on the field, all three of them on the field, we’ll get creative and have some fun with it," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said.
Matt LaFleur and his staff, stuck squarely in the middle of this staredown between Aaron Rodgers and management, had no choice but to begin planning for camp.
There is absolutely no question the group is better off than their counterparts from last year were, when those rookies spent their first NFL offseason entirely in the virtual realm thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Packers were holding the penultimate OTA practice of their offseason — a voluntary session that Aaron Rodgers was hardly the only player to skip.
The former Central Connecticut player spent most of last season on the New England Patriots’ practice squad.
Packers second-year quarterback Jordan Love was undeniably impressive in the same 11-on-11 periods Wednesday where he’d struggled 24 hours earlier.
How can anyone talk about anything else when it comes to Dak Prescott? His ankle injury last October was arguably the most gruesome of the NFL season, and it torpedoed the Cowboys' playoff chances and put their future in flux.
Last season was a learning process for both quarterbacks who'll vie to start for the New Orleans Saints in 2021.
Before the official questions came flying at him during a post-practice Zoom session Tuesday afternoon, Matt LaFleur was asked how he was doing. The Green Bay Packers coach didn’t hesitate before answering.
Aaron Rodgers' teammates know the Packers stand virtually zero chance of reaching Super Bowl LVI this season without the three-time NFL MVP.
“By no means are the training wheels on," coach Matt Lafleur said. "We’re throwing a lot at all these guys.”
"We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better,” Packers president Mark Murphy wrote in his monthly column for the team website.
With former No. 2 running back Jamaal Williams having departed, the second-year man is in line to share the backfield workload with Aaron Jones.
Teammates and coaches seem to be trying to find ways to be complimentary about Jordan Love's development without giving the wrong impression about how he has come.
Green Bay has had seven receivers at practice this week, but only one, Malik Taylor, has caught an NFL regular-season pass.
Working with athletic trainer Nate Weir, David Bakhtiari went through a variety of footwork drills, medicine ball exercises and strength moves as he aims to return to the lineup in time for the team’s Sept. 12 season opener at New Orleans.
A player missing the mandatory minicamp can be fined $93,085 — $15,515 for the first missed day, $31,030 for the second missed day and $46,540 for the third missed day.
The special teams units have finished in the top 10 of the NFL just once over the past 15 years of longtime NFL columnist Rick Gosselin’s annual rankings.
“We have to rely on our defense," Packers safety Adrian Amos says. "The offense isn’t always going to be clicking 100%. And that’s how we take it."
Packers running back Aaron Jones has been struggling since the unexpected passing of 57-year-old Alvin Jones Sr. in April.
“It’s really early, (but) I think he’s got a clear vision of what he wants to get done from a defensive standpoint and he’s done a great job of including all our assistant coaches and taking their input in terms of what each individual player does really well,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said of Joe Barry this week.
The celebrity fundraising competition will be held at the Reserve golf course at Moonlight Basin in Montana on Tuesday, July 6 and will be televised on TNT starting at 4 p.m. CDT, Turner Sports announced Wednesday.
Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith registered just four sacks in 2020 after recording 12 in 2019.
Coach Matt LaFleur said his message to the players was to remain “focused on the things that they can control” at organized team activities.
If the absence of Green Bay's top five wide receivers from Tuesday’s first open-to-the-media organized team activity practice of the offseason was part of a coordinated effort, it was news to coach Matt LaFleur.