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Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) talks to the media during training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Leslie Frazier tells Greg Jennings to focus on Vikings, not Packers



Last week, former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who signed with the Vikings this offseason, had this to say about one of the league's best players -- and one-time teammate -- quarterback Aaron Rodgers:

Don't get me wrong, ‘12' is a great person," Jennings said, referring to Rodgers who -- you guessed it -- wears No. 12. "But when you hear all positives, all positives, all positives all the time, it's hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says ‘Man, come on, you've got to hold yourself accountable for this.' It's hard for someone to see that now because all they've heard is I'm doing it the right way, I'm perfect. In actuality, we all have flaws.”

Seems like an odd remark given that Jennings had a ton of success in Green Bay, primarily with Rodgers throwing him passes. Apparently, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier agrees; over the weekend, he had a sit-down with Jennings and told his veteran wideout to put a lid on the Rodgers talk.

"We're the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we're trying to get done," Frazier said, according to the Pioneer Press' Ben Goessling. "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."

Rodgers, who has been busy explaining why his best bud Ryan Braun struggles with the truth, was asked Friday about Jennings' comments.

"One of the lessons you learn, you can't control everything and you shouldn't worry too much about the things that are said outside the building," Rodgers said. "You're worried about the opinions of your teammates and how they feel about you."

And that holds for the Vikings, too. Because now Jennings will be catching passes from Christian Ponder. And if Ponder struggles, Matt Cassel.

“I'm not saying that if I had wrote a script, this would hands down be the ideal position for me to be in,” Jennings said last week. “I don't know. Only God knows that. But for me, it's a challenge. It's a change of gear to where now I don't have that [established] quarterback. That's what everybody is saying. But in my mind, I don't need that quarterback for usto be successful. “It's not about me. It's not about just Christian. It's about us.”

Except that it is about Christian. Because without a competent quarterback (even with Adrian Peterson in the backfield), there's little chance the Vikings -- or any team, for that matter -- can make the playoffs.

In case you're wondering: The Vikings and Packers' first regular-season get-together comes in Week 8.


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