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Legendary Packers HOF QB Starr dies at 85

Bart Starr, a Hall of Fame quarterback who helped build the Green Bay Packers dynasty in the 1960s and was named the Most Valuable Player of the first two Super Bowls, died Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 85.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers great Bart Starr has died. He was 85. A message from his family: "We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr. He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome. "While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit. "Our family wishes to thank the thousands of friends and fans who have enriched his life – and therefore our lives – for so many decades and especially during the past five years. Each letter, text, phone call, and personal visit inspired him and filled him with joy. "His love for all of humanity is well known, and his affection toward the residents of Alabama and of Wisconsin filled him with gratitude. He had hoped to make one last trip to Green Bay to watch the Packers this fall, but he shall forever be there in spirit."

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Brew-haha: Yelich, Rodgers chug at Bucks game

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich joined Packers lineman David Bakhtiari in beer chugs at the Bucks game Thursday night.

Yelich joins in on beer chug with Rodgers (1:14)
Rodgers comes up short in beer chugging contest (0:46)

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Packers DL coach Jerry Montgomery says Mike Daniels, who just turned 30, is "still a dominant player" and with a deeper defensive front, Daniels won't have to play 50 or 60 snaps a game. And according to Montgomery, that would make Daniels "even more dominant." Daniels isn't practicing in OTAs presumably because he's still in recovery from the foot injury that ended his 2018 season.

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Packers new OLB coach Mike Smith said he thought first-round pick Rashan Gary was "the best in college football at outside linebacker. That's the way I evaluated him." After speaking with him at the combine, Smith said he knew right then that Gary "loves football."As for the lack of production in terms of sacks (3.5 last year at Michigan, Smith said: "Never looked at the sack (numbers). I care about pressure. I'll take a guy who has zero sacks but affects the quarterback. He's still raw and has a lot to learn, but I see him affecting the quarterback."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Green Bay's new ILB coach Kirk Olivadotti came from the Redskins, where he worked with Preston Smith and gave GM Brian Gutekunst a full scouting report before the Packers signed him to a four-year, $52 million deal. "We talked about Preston heading into [free agency]," Olivadotti said. "Preston and I had been through a lot in four years together. Happy he's here. Preston's a guy that can make his plays, and he can do a lot of diff things for you."

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Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on GM Brian Gutekunst's mass additions in free agency/draft on his side of the ball: "I didn't have to tell him; he knew what the deficiencies were. Wanted to add some big, explosive athletes on defense." Then Pettine joked: "I told Gutey it's apparent we weren't very good coaches (if) he needed to load up the room with some talent." But then added that he and the GM saw the defensive roster the same.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

This should make Packers fans happy: New special teams coach Shawn Mennenga says: "I think the scheme, terminology is all new to them. They like what we're doing so far, and I think it's been positive. " The philosophy, per Mennenga: "Penalty-free aggression. Playing fast, physical and intelligent."

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Rodgers expects to master new offense quickly

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he would like to "feel really good" about his understanding of new coach Matt LaFleur's offense by the end of minicamp in June.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Geronimo Allison what Aaron Rodgers has been like when it comes to learning a new offense and the fourth-year receiver said: "He's been open-minded, definitely been in communication with the coaches and the communication (he has) passed down to the receivers has been great. It's been great. He's been all-in on it."

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Darnell Savage Jr. was the only rookie who worked among the starters consistently during today's OTA practice. It was Savage and Adrian Amos at safety, "He's a smart guy," coach Matt LaFleur said of the 21st overall pick. "We're really excited about him. Again, it's still early, but he showed some good stuff in the rookie minicamp. We'll take it day by day and see where it ends up."

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Packers Pro Bowl WR Davante Adams was held out of today's OTA for what coach Matt LaFleur called "precautionary reasons." No specific injury cited but sounds like it's not a long-term concern. Meant a ton of reps for the likes of Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow, J'Mon Moore, et al. Most also worked in the slot and outside.

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Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he'll defer to GM Brian Gutekunst on Josh Jones' decision to skip OTAs in the hopes of getting a trade or his release. “I'm just going to focus on the guys who are here, and I know Gutey has a good handle on that situation.”

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur said things are "going great" with him and Aaron Rodgers. "A lot of good conversion, and I think we're growing together," LaFleur said. "The more time we can spend together, we'll have a better feel for each other, but it's been a lot of fun up to this point."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

OTA practice No. 2 — No. 1 open to the public/media — does one hour, 50 minutes.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin King, who did not practice during the April minicamp, is back on the field. He's coming off his second straight season finishing on IR. Last year it was a hamstring. The year before shoulder. Hard to tell if he's wearing a shoulder brace again under that No. 20. He did individual drills but not 11-on-11.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers OTA attendance time. Present but not practicing: Davante Adams, Mike Daniels, Tra Carson. Not here: Josh Jones, Marcedes Lewis, Greg Roberts.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards264.99th
Rushing Yards104.222nd
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against25.022nd