In a surprising turn of events, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers have reunited for some offseason training. Valdes-Scantling, who played with Rodgers during his tenure with the Green Bay Packers from 2018 to 2021, revealed on FS1 that the two former teammates found a practice field in Los Angeles and worked on routes together.

“Me and Aaron have been great friends since I’ve been in Green Bay. I hit him up, told him I was coming out to L.A., and said, ‘Let’s run some routes,’” Valdes-Scantling told NBC Sports. “So we got it in, went out to some high school, and ran some routes together. We’re good. It was good.”

The timing of this news is particularly noteworthy, given Rodgers’ recent absence from the Jets’ mandatory minicamp. The Jets have not explained Rodgers’ unexcused absence, leaving many to speculate about his priorities and commitment to the team. It was later revealed that Rodgers was on a trip to Egypt.

Rodgers, a California native, has been spending time in his home state and is back at work focusing on football, even if it’s in an unconventional setting. The impromptu training session with Valdes-Scantling demonstrates Rodgers’ ongoing dedication to staying sharp and maintaining his skills during the offseason.

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For Valdes-Scantling, the opportunity to reconnect with his former quarterback offers a valuable chance to refine his own game and stay prepared for the upcoming NFL season. Their continued friendship and mutual respect were evident in their decision to train together.

Rodgers’ absence from the Jets’ minicamp, coupled with his training session in Los Angeles, has raised questions about his commitment to his new team. Rodgers is still finding ways to stay engaged with the game and keep his skills honed, even if it’s outside the official team activities.

As the NFL season approaches, all eyes will be on Rodgers to see how he integrates with the Jets and whether this unconventional approach to offseason training will pay off on the field. In the meantime, his reunion with Valdes-Scantling serves as a reminder of the strong bonds formed during their time in Green Bay and the importance of maintaining peak performance, regardless of the circumstances.

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