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The Minnesota Vikings' No. 1 receiver, at least on paper, leading into the preseason, is Greg Jennings. Before training camp even had its first full-pads practice, Jennings had caught the ire of head coach Leslie Frazier.
Frazier didn't appreciate Jennings' comments regarding his former quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. The last thing the Vikings need is to give anymore motivation to the team that has beaten them six of the last seven games, including a 24-10 loss in the playoffs at Lambeau Field.
In a report from the St. Paul Pioneer Press last week, Frazier indicated that he spoke with Jennings about his comments.
We're the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we're trying to get done. That's where our focus has to be. 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.
Jennings made a public apology—kind of. Following practice last Thursday, August 1, he had this to say:
"I don't really recall saying anything negative about Aaron or anyone over there, but hey, I apologize," according to ESPN.
Yahoo! Sports also reported that Jennings said:
Everything I say, I'm joking. I'm messing. I'm pulling Aaron's arm. I mean if he doesn't know that or you guys don't know that, I played with the guy for seven years. I think he knows that.
Perhaps, Jennings is just trying to move any spotlights, and the scrutiny that comes with them, away from fellow receiver, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson.
In any case, hopefully he learned that Frazier wants the focus to be on the Vikings during camp.