Packers HC Matt LaFleur updates on Aaron Rodgers, gives blunt answer on Blake Bortles signing
With the Green Bay Packers‘ relationship with Aaron Rodgers remaining at a standstill, the Packers went out and signed Blake Bortles to a one-year deal. The move provided an extra veteran arm for camp at a minimum, and a realistic option for Green Bay if Rodgers stays firm on his decision to not return to the land of cheese.
Matt LaFleur spoke to reporters Friday after day one of rookie workouts. He was asked about an array of topics, including the Bortles signing.
Matt LaFleur on Blake Bortles: “Shoot, he led his team to the AFC Championship. They almost knocked off the Patriots.” pic.twitter.com/roSa3WFhg5
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Straight facts from LaFleur. Bortles did help the Jacksonville Jaguars get to an AFC Championship as QB1 in one of his five years spent as their starting quarterback. The signing of Bortles is different from what the Packers have historically done with the backup quarterback spot during Rodgers’ career.
The likes Joe Callahan, Tim Boyle, Brett Hundley, and Scott Tolzien have been backups during Rodgers’ career in Green Bay. Most of the backups were either late-round draft selections or undrafted free agent signings. Bortles, on the other hand, is a veteran NFL quarterback with plenty of past starting experience. Perhaps it’s a sign of how Green Bay feels about its current situation with Rodgers.
Of course, LaFleur was asked about No. 12 as well. His answer didn’t differ from the last time he spoke to reporters.
“We still obviously feel the same way. We want him back in the worst way. I know he knows that. And we’ll continue to work at it each and every day,” LaFleur added.
What happens at QB1 is yet to be determined for the Packers. One this is clear, though: Matt LaFleur and Green Bay think highly of Bortles.