The staff here at ALLGBP.com managed to intercept a series of text messages between former Packers and current Vikings WR Greg Jennings and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The following is an exclusive transcript of how their chat went down:
Greg Jennings: sup aaron
Aaron Rodgers: Who is this?
GJ: c’mon man. it’s greg. ur old friend!
AR: Greg from 7th grade? The kid who smelled funny and always ate ketchup and mayonnaise sandwiches for lunch?
GJ: nah man! greg Jennings. number 85! my catches got u ur first super bowl ring, remember? #BeGreat!!!!!!!!!!!
AR: Oh. Hi Greg.
GJ: i knew you’d be glad to hear from me again! so…….how r things?
GJ: how r my boys james, randall and Jordy? Do they ever ask about me? Do they ever say damn, it’d sure be nice if No. 85 was still around to provide us some tips on how to #BeGreat!!!!!!!!
AR: They’re also fine. And no.
GJ: that’s ok. Im sure they r overwhelmed with gratitude toward me since I decided to leave GB and give them the chance to get out from under my shadow.
AR: I’m sure that’s exactly how they feel, Greg.
GJ: so……how’s the weather in GB? still cold?
AR: Greg, what do you need? I’m busy. I just signed a $131 million contract extension and it’s a lot of work trying to decide how I want to spend all of this disposable income.
GJ: right, right, right. I signed a big contract 2 ya know? did u see that? i’m now the #1 WR on the Vikings!!!! SKOL!!!!!! they play a loud horn whenever i catch a first down!!!
**30 minutes later**
GJ: u still there, Aaron? u must have lost cell reception???????
AR: Greg, you always knew more about technology than me. Can you tell me how to block someone from ever texting me again?
GJ: Sure, just open ur settings, go into users, tap the block button…..hey, wait a minute! ur not trying to block me r u?????
AR: Ummmmm…..no. I’m asking for a friend…..
GJ: lets meet for dinner on Saturday night and I can show you. my treat. we can catch up since it’s been so long since we’ve hung out!!!!
AR: Ummmmm…..I have plans that night. Sorry.
GJ: oh. what’s going on?
AR: I’m having a giant vat of boiling hot acid delivered to my hotel room and I am going to stick my entire face in it.
GJ: cmon aaron. You don’t gotta be a jerk about not wanting to hang out with me. Fine. We don’t have 2 b best friends like we were. But please please please tell ted to trade for me!!! Pretty please?
GJ: aaron please! Ive had 3 qbs here already and they’re all so bad, it’s dangerous. it’s like spergon wynn and brian brohm had triplets and all three of them now play qb for the vikings.
AR: I bet they’ve all got mad leadership skills, though.
GJ: u know I was joking with all that leadership stuff, right? RIGHT??????
**30 minutes later**
GJ: aaron, please!
**30 minutes later**
GJ: aaron, rescue my career! Please take me back! i’ll do anything!
**2 hours later**
**4 hours later**
GJ: if u don’t respond im going to destroy my phone!
AR: Kind of like you did your career?
On to the stock report:
With his receivers dropping left and right, Rodgers has zeroed in, taking better care of the ball and putting together a good second half against Baltimore before playing lights out against Cleveland. The Packers offense has been difficult to watch at times this season, but the results have mostly been there. Rodgers (and the offensive line) deserve a lot of credit for holding things together and continuing to win during this string of not just injuries, but scary injuries.
House was making plays the previous week against Baltimore before mysteriously getting benched. He was back in a big way against Cleveland, picking off a pass and hanging tough in coverage. He added a tackle on special teams and is another piece of the secondary puzzle that has chipped in with Casey Hayward out.
Besides Jerron McMillian falling all over himself, we haven’t seen receivers running free over the top of the Packers defense for big plays ever since Burnett came back. The man with the fat new contract is also playing tough in the run game and contributing to the newfound toughness of the Packers defense.
There’s nothing flashy about the Dietrich-Smith, but is there ever anything flashy about a center? Dietrich-Smith has gone up against some tough defensive tackles this season, including Phil Taylor on Sunday. It hasn’t slowed down the Packers running game and pressure up the middle has been manageable. Might we be hearing about a contract extension for Dietrich-Smith soon?
There have been at least a dozen runs so far this season where Lacy has made something out of what appeared to be nothing. Instead of facing second and 9 like they would have in 2012, Rodgers and the offense can operate in more manageable down and distances thanks to Lacy’s efforts.
Barclay has allowed eight hurries, three QB hits and two sacks over the last three games. He’s getting pushed back into Rodgers’ lap by power rushers and isn’t making up the difference in the run game, either. We figured Barclay would hit a slump at some point this season. Now we’ll if he can snap out of it.
How in the hell could Mike Holmgren — a Super Bowl winner and the man who played a key role in developing Brett Favre and other great quarterbacks — draft Brandon Weeden in the first round?