No more Mr. Nice Guy: Aaron Rodgers vows to temper offseason praise

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers doesn’t necessarily regret all the nice things he said about wide receiver Davante Adams last offseason -- the Green Bay Packers quarterback definitely isn’t giving up on Adams, despite his disappointing 2015 -- but you won’t hear any grand proclamations about anyone from Rodgers this offseason.

And you probably won’t get any from coach Mike McCarthy, either.

Although Adams said earlier this week that Rodgers’ and McCarthy’s expectations for him last June didn’t create extra pressure, it was unusual for Rodgers to be so effusive in his praise for Adams, whom he predicted “is going to be a star” after watching Adams as a rookie in 2014 and in organized team activities last spring. McCarthy, meanwhile, said Adams was “tremendous” and was the team’s offseason MVP.

After the team’s first open-to-the-public organized team activity practice earlier this week, McCarthy humorously cut off a question about whether any rookies had jumped out at him so far -- “Nope. No expectations,” McCarthy said before the question was finished -- while Rodgers made it clear he wanted to avoid any statements like the one he made last year about Adams.

During his regular press briefing at his locker, Rodgers was asked about fan favorite Jeff Janis, the wide receiver whose two catches – including a 41-yard Hail Mary as time expired – during the Packers’ final possession in regulation forced overtime in the team’s season-ending playoff loss to Arizona.

After jokingly acknowledging Janis’ popularity, Rodgers said he isn’t “going to make the mistake I did last year of declaring an MVP of the offseason, I’m just going to say there’s a lot of guys who’ve made some good strides. But we’re going to temper expectations. There’s no pads on.”

But Rodgers didn’t totally avoid talking about Janis, who caught seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals -- after catching only two passes for 79 yards in the regular season.

“I know you guys love Jeff Janis. All you people out there love Jeff. I love Jeff, too,” Rodgers said. “Jeff made some great plays there at the end of that game, and he’s coming along. Again, these are important years for young guys like that -- Years 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 are when you can really take jumps. You’ve seen a lot of them over my course of 12 seasons, where you see guys really take jumps and start to figure it out. I think he has an opportunity.”