Matt LaFleur so admires and appreciates Lewis — and has cited his leadership and professionalism so frequently — that his assistant coaches, during LaFleur’s first season as head coach in 2019, gave him an authentic Lewis No. 89 jersey.
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“It feels good to have the boys back together,” tight end Robert Tonyan said. “Even just chilling in the locker room or in the cafeteria, I just think everyone's just glad to kind of just be back to normal and have football again."
If the wide receiver can find consistency, it could mean a big payday in free agency.
The 37-year-old has shown no signs of rust after skipping the entire offseason program, including the mandatory minicamp in June.
He was named second-team All-Pro and selected for his first Pro Bowl last season.
As he strode onto Ray Nitschke Field Thursday morning, Kelly did so incognito: He was wearing All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari’s No. 69 jersey, which led to more than a few double takes — given that Bakhtiari is on the physically unable to perform list and isn’t expected to return to action for awhile after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee last Dec. 31.
GREEN BAY — Brian Gutekunst made himself crystal clear: Randall Cobb would not be a member of the Green Bay Packers had Aaron Rodgers not wanted him on the team.
“I'm not complaining about it. I'm not poor right now. I'll be OK to get through and go and try to win a Super Bowl again,” Adams said.
During a news conference in which he was even-keeled and introspective but also unvarnished and brutally honest, Rodgers confessed he came back for two reasons: He found his competitive fire still burns within him, and he wanted to be back with those in the organization he loves — his teammates, including wide receiver Davante Adams and left tackle David Bakhtiari; his coaches, led by coach Matt LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett; and the fans.
The deal with the Houston Texans will get done once Cobb’s agent and the Packers worked out a restructured contract that would allow him to return to Green Bay, where he spent his first eight NFL seasons.