Mandatory minicamps are right around the corner, but at least one big-name player will not be showing up. According to the latest NFL rumors, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will continue his holdout and miss mandatory minicamp. In other news, former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid has pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated, while Ryan Fitzpatrick is reportedly making a good first impression in Washington.
NFL Rumors: Aaron Rodgers, Britt Reid, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Aaron Rodgers To Skip Minicamp
The Aaron Rodgers saga might just be the biggest story in what has been a wild offseason. The reigning MVP want out of Green Bay and will reportedly consider retirement if the team does not trade him. The Packers have shown no indication of wanting to move on from their superstar passer, and now the two sides are stuck in a stare down.
That stare down will continue, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said that “the NFL MVP won’t be reporting for minicamp.” This isn’t too surprising, as we always knew Rodgers was very serious about his desire to play somewhere else. However, seeing an official report is still noteworthy and could convince Green Bay to finally start exploring the trade market.
Source on #Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers: “No change.”
So the expectation, barring any developments overnight, is the NFL MVP won’t be reporting for minicamp.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 7, 2021
For what it’s worth, Rodgers appears to be the only expected holdout on the team. Green Bay’s top-five receivers all missed voluntary OTA’s, but reports indicate that the collection of pass-catchers will be back for the start of mandatory minicamp.
Britt Reid Pleads Not Guilty
Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has pled not guilty to an intoxicated driving charge stemming from a serious car crash just days before the Super Bowl. According to reports, Andy Reid’s son allegedly drove 83.9 miles per hour and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.113 at the time of the incident. For comparison, the legal driving limit is 0.08.
Of course, this was more than just a case of intoxicated driving. Reid’s alleged actions resulted in a multi-car crash, and a five-year-old girl suffered a traumatic brain injury that put her in the hospital for months on end. Following that fateful day, the Kansas City Chiefs placed Reid on administrative leave and his contract expired following the Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick Wows New Coaching Staff
After a solid two-year stint with the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick enters the 2021 season with yet another new team. The journeyman quarterback has actually been a pretty reliable starter dating back to 2018 and should be the favorite to win the starting job.
Current quarterbacks coach Kan Zampese also coached Fitzpatrick with the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2007 and 2008, and noted that Fitzpatrick looks “like a new guy.” Noting that his experience across the league has exposed him to a wide variety of offensive concepts, Zampese believes that this version of Fitzpatrick could be the best one yet.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has accomplished a great many things throughout his NFL career, but he has yet to bring a team to the playoffs. The closest he came to accomplishing the feat was his 10-6 season with the New York Jets when they lost a Week 17 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. However, that could change this year, as Washington has one of the best rosters in the league. If Fitzpatrick can continue playing as he did with Miami, then he has a good shot of winning what should be one of the weaker divisions in football.
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