Packers' Jones questions Jennings' QB jabs
Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones said Wednesday he was taken aback by former teammate Greg Jennings' jabs at Aaron Rodgers and defended his quarterback's leadership of the team.
Jones, in an interview with the NFL Network's "NFL AM" program, said Jennings' comments were so surprising because he is close to the now-Minnesota Vikings receiver, noting that he's the godfather of Jennings' middle daughter.
"It was a brotherhood here -- him and Aaron especially for seven years, me and him for six. When you leave, you don't talk about your brother like that. I'll leave it as that," Jones said.
"Since I've been here Aaron's been the leader of this football team, and he's been one of those guys who's going to be a leader in the locker room for a long time."
Jones said he hasn't seen a difference in Rodgers as a result of Jennings' comments because the quarterback is "always focused."
"Aaron's a perfectionist, even at practice, during the games. I mean, he wants to be perfect. That's the type of quarterback he's been since I've been here, and nothing has changed," Jones said.
"He has enough chips on his shoulders from growing up and how he's gotten here and stuff like that. I mean, this other little stuff isn't going to bother him too much."
Jennings' sentiments built throughout the offseason after he left the Packers to sign with the Vikings in free agency, starting innocently when he refused to call Rodgers by his name and continuing on ESPN's "First Take," when he said he favors Brett Favre over Rodgers because "you get respect when you give respect." Most recently he told the Star Tribune that Rodgers had become bigger than the team.
Rodgers said last week that he wasn't worried about Jennings' comments.
"To me, I'm concerned with the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here," Rodgers said Friday. "It's exciting to be able to be one of the leaders of this football team, and I'm very confident in my style."
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Saturday he told Jennings to stop talking about Rodgers and the Packers.
"There's so much work to be done, and we don't want to be looking at what's happening with other teams, other teams' players. We've got to focus on us. He's good with that," he told reporters.
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