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Updated: June 19th, 2013 9:23pm
Greg Jennings has fun with Aaron Rodgers, 'loves' Christian Ponder

Greg Jennings has fun with Aaron Rodgers, 'loves' Christian Ponder

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings have not faced each other as opponents yet but that hasn't stopped the former Green Bay Packers teammates from engaging in some back and forth.

Rodgers, the Packers' Pro Bowl quarterback, started things off at the Wisconsin Sports Awards this offseason when he was asked about Jennings and responded by saying, "Who?"

Jennings, who had been one of Rodgers favorite targets, left Green Bay in March to sign as a free agent with the archi-rival Vikings.

When the wide receiver was asked a question about having played with Brett Favre and Rodgers on Wednesday, Jennings gave a long answer about Favre and then stopped. Asked about Rodgers, he said, "Who?"

Jennings was smiling and then went on to praise Rodgers.

"(He is) extremely smart, like brilliant," Jennings said. "He's just thinking about how he can beat you the next time while he's beating you the first time. That's just the way his mind works. He sees something and it's like it's stored in a memory bank and he remembers it once he sees it and he's checking at the line.

"He's going to put you in the best situation to be successful. His accuracy ... I can go on and on. He's a good quarterback. He had great receivers. He had no choice but to be a great quarterback. I'm joking."

This all came after Jennings discussed what he had seen from his new quarterback, Christian Ponder.

"I love him," Jennings said. "I love his personality, I love his demeanor on the field. The one thing we talk about, and I've shared with him more than anything, is the trust factor because he has everything he needs. The skill set, he has it. It's just about trusting the other guy.

"Whether that other guy is Kyle (Rudolph), myself, (Jerome Simpson), across the board. It's just about trusting we're going to be where he's knowing that we should be and us trusting that he's going to have the ball where we know it should be. So, that's the one thing that kind of takes that split second off of our timing. Other than that, once we develop that trust and that comfort, the sky is the limit. ... But Christian, he's going to be great. I'm excited. He's going to shock people."

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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