Rodgers: Criticism of young WRs not personal
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By Rob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers said he was not sending a message last week when he referred to practice as "piss poor," but if some members of the Green Bay Packers were bothered by it, well, now it sounds like Rodgers has a message for them.

"I hope we're not that soft," Rodgers said Monday. "I hope we can hear comments or read comments and not get offended by things. It's a professional environment; it's not a personal environment. The things I'm saying, I don't have some vendetta against any player. I care about winning, No. 1, and I'm going to say and do the things that I feel like can advance us. It's going to be tough at some points. It's not a popularity contest all the time. Obviously, as a human, you like being liked and appreciated, but I'm trying to win games because that's my job."

A frustrated Aaron Rodgers took aim at the Packers' young receivers for what he called a "piss poor" effort level during Tuesday's scout-team session.

It was after a sloppy practice last week, one that ended with Rodgers flinging the ball at some tackling dummies in frustration, that he criticized the young receivers -- without naming any names -- for their effort while running the scout team. Rodgers was working with them on the scout team last week because he wasn't going to play in the preseason opener against...

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