With Packers future looking cloudy, Rodgers pours himself a strong drink

Aaron Rodgers’ off-field mental state, Packers quarterback (⬇️ DOWN)

Rodgers appeared on Kyle Brandt’s podcast this week and while he tried to be low-key when asked about Green Bay drafting Jordan Love in the first round, well, he ended up sounding a tad upset anyway. Rodgers mentioned he “perked up” when he heard the Packers traded up and immediately thought of some potential wide receivers who were available, including Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and Clemson’s Tee Higgins. When he found out Green Bay was selecting a quarterback, Rodgers said he poured himself four fingers of tequila. In case you’re wondering how much that is, one finger is generally speaking about one ounce. A shot is, again generally speaking, 1.5 ounces. So, the news of a QB being selected (and not a WR) drove Rodgers to down the equivalent of 2 2/3 shots of tequila. Presumably, many Packers fans did something similar around the same time. Rodgers also threw water on any equivalency of Love being taken to when he was drafted, noting he fell in the draft while Green Bay traded up, plus the situations of the teams at the time (Brett Favre talking retirement, for example, while Rodgers had proclaimed he wants to keep playing for years). “I wasn’t elated by the pick especially being one game away from the Super Bowl and feeling like we’re a couple players away,” said Rodgers, who also figured his career won’t end in Green Bay. The only question now – and which will come up every year until it happens – is when will this occur?

 

Aaron Rodgers’ off-field mental state (x2), Packers quarterback (⬇️ DOWN)

So, all those wide receivers Green Bay went out and got for Rodgers – meaning just free agent Devin Funchess, undrafted free agent Darrell Stewart Jr. and the CFL’s Reggie Begelton – was reduced by one as Funchess opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. There goes Rodgers’ likely No. 2 receiver. Who will now take the pressure off Davante Adams? Allen Lazard? Marquez Valdes-Scantling? Equanimeous St. Brown? Jake Kumerow? Or maybe we should just get used to the Packers running the ball more in 2020 (as the draft sort of indicated). A lot more.

 

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Eric Lauer, Brewers pitcher (⬆️ UP)

Lauer began the season on the COVID-injured list before making his debut Sunday in a rare relief outing (just the second of his career). Lauer was quite impressive in his 2 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out six. While he was good out of the pen, expect to see Lauer starting games for Milwaukee posthaste.

 

David Phelps, Brewers reliever (⬆️ UP)

Another new Milwaukee pitcher who has started off well, Phelps had a scoreless inning on July 25 then tossed two perfect innings with three strikeouts at Pittsburgh on July 27, picking up the win in the process. The Brewers scored in the top of the 10th meaning Phelps, thanks to the extra-inning rule put in place for this season, had to strand a runner at second – speedy Kevin Newman – to preserve the victory. No problem. A foul out and two strikeouts later and the Brewers had the W.

 

Brewers offense (⬇️ DOWN)

Only two Milwaukee hitters are batting above .250 — Orlando Arcia and Lorenzo Cain. It’s still early, but in a shortened season when do you start getting concerned?

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)

Milwaukee lost its final tune-up scrimmage against New Orleans on Monday night, but Antetokounmpo was back to his usual self. In just 23 minutes, the Greek Freak registered 30 points on 8-of-15 shooting (12 of 15 from the free-throw line) and added eight rebounds and three assists. Now that’s production.