GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Aaron Rodgers confirmed Wednesday that he will play Sunday against the Jets. No, playoff berths are not on the line this time around, but playing for confidence and doing things the right way matters to the Packers quarterback.
“I think it's about leadership,” Rodgers said. “If I want to be listened to and followed and looked up to, how could I stand here and say that these games that don't matter for the playoffs, I'm going to cash it in. That's just not the way I lead and I'm super competitive and I want to be out there with the guys. I look forward to being out there.”
“It benefits the team in terms of thinking ahead to making the team better next year,” said receiver Davante Adams. “That's definitely a big aim for us. With where we are, nobody is happy about it with 2 weeks left and us mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.”
“It's the guys in this locker room,” said left tackle David Bakhtiari. “It's the organization. It's my own self pride. Those are things that keep me going. I get paid to play at least 16 games and I intend to play at least 16.”
Nothing matters as much to these Packers as much as the chance to play in a Super Bowl and win a ring. And Bakhtiari, a day after being snubbed for the Pro Bowl, again, spoke at length about how the Super Bowl was all that really matters to him in the end. While these next 2 weeks won't matter as far as achieving that goal this season, the confidence they build doing things the right way can matter.