Davante's Rookie Mistake

LaFleur pays tribute to Starr

Mike Clemens
May 29, 2019 - 8:38 pm

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Green Bay, WI – Packers OTA practice Wednesday drew a lot of attention in the direction of the offense.

It looked different.

Formations. Motions. Routes. Combinations of routes. Even quick snaps.

I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to what the Los Angeles Rams offense ran last year on their way to the Super Bowl.

Or, what the Atlanta Falcons ran three years ago, on their way to the Super Bowl.

And there weren’t a lot of running plays called in practice today either.

“The emphasis was on the red zone,” said head coach Matt LaFleur after practice. “So there was a lot of throwing periods today. As I’ve told you guys before, I’d like to be as balanced as possible. But once you get down there (near the goal line) especially when you don’t have pads on, running the ball kind of defeats the purpose.”

LaFleur says they’ll get running plays into the OTA’s, “because you’ve still got to make the defense honor the run.”

Missing from practice today was center Corey Linsley who had travel difficulties returning from a family event in Ohio. Filling in snapping the football to Aaron Rodgers was back-up offensive lineman Lucas Patrick.

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga stepped out before the 11 on 11 drills, but LaFleur said it was only to rest. Defensive end Mike Daniels only participated in warm-up drills, still recovering from last year’s foot injury that placed him on the injured reserve list.  

Wide receiver Davante Adams practiced today, after sitting out last week’s session open to the media. Adams lead the team last year with 111 receptions for 1,386 years and 13 touchdowns.

Did #17’s presence make a difference?

“Oh yeah,” said LaFleur. “I think he sets the tone for the group. His energy not only spills over, it spills over to everybody on the offensive side of the ball. He’s got a mentality about him. I love it, man. He’s a dog and he’s a fighter and he elevates the play of everybody around him. Anytime we can have him out there, I know we’re going to be a better offense.”

LaFleur began his remarks with a tribute to Bart Starr, who died Sunday at the age of 85. A funeral date has been set in Alabama for Sunday, June 9th. The Starr family says a plan is in the works for a celebration of Starr’s life for fans in Green Bay sometime later this year, likely at Lambeau Field.

“Obviously, he meant a lot to this organization,” said LaFleur.

“Not only the organization, but the NFL. So the family is certainly on our minds.”  LaFleur said he never had the opportunity to meet Starr in person.

“Obviously he was a great player, but from what people told me, he was an even better person. I got to see a lot of highlights of him. I was just looking at him as a thrower, and so many characteristics that we look for in quarterbacks… he was showing them. That nice, wide base, a natural thrower, extremely accurate. That was pretty cool to watch.”

Davante Adams said when he first arrived in Green Bay, the equipment manager asked him what jersey number he would like.

“Can I have 15?” asked the rookie Adams. “15 is the number I wore in college. And he was like ‘Uh, we don’t have a 15. A guy named Bart Starr wore that.  It’s retired.”

Adams said he knew who Bart Starr was. He just didn’t realize that was his number.

Rookie mistake.