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QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

6-2, 220Born: 12-2-1983College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 22): We don't want to take anything away from the Lions defense, but stud fantasy QBs are supposed to still scratch out decent numbers against good defenses. The offensive line and running game aren't doing Rodgers any favors. You aren't going to bench him at Chicago this week, but you're also not quite sure what you are getting, unlike past years.

Week 4: at Chicago Bears

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SEA 23 33 189 1 1 0 0 0 0
2 vs NYJ 25 42 346 3 0 6 28 0 1
3 at DET 16 27 162 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay 21 35 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SEA (23 / 33 / 189 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Packers offense and Aaron Rodgers never really got their rhythm going. The team decided to put receiver Jarrett Boykin on the side of the field where corner Richard Sherman stays and then never throw that direction. That left maybe three-quarters of the field left and seemed to make life much easier for the rest of the defense to disrupt the Packers gameplan. That really just exacerbated Rodgers' timing issues, the worst moment of which was an interception by cornerback Byron Maxwell in the third quarter. On the play, Jordy Nelson ran a 10-yard slant route from the left side of the field (away from Sherman of course). Nelson had great separation on the route and was wide open, but Rodgers threw the ball off-target. It deflected off Nelson's outstretched hands and into the arms of Maxwell. That was just one of multiple bad passes Rodgers threw. There was one throw in the third quarter that Rodgers threw on the run, across his body and the field and into double coverage which wasn't intercepted only because Jordy Nelson made a good play on the ball. Rodgers also had to contend with offensive line injuries as Bryan Bulaga went down with an MCL tear (Bulaga will be gone for 2-4 weeks) and was replaced by Derek Sherrod. In his first game action in a long time (he has been hurt most of the three years he's been in the NFL), Sherrod was taken to the woodshed multiple times by Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, both of whom got a sack (Bennett's resulted in a safety). Rodgers himself said the poor play was on him though, not the line, as reported by ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Overall, Rodgers was shaky in his regular season debut.

2014 Week 2 vs NYJ (25 / 42 / 346 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)

The day got off to a bad start for Aaron Rodgers with a botched snap exchange which gave the New York Jets the ball. Rodgers has a rookie at center (Corey Linsley) and while the rookie continues to do a credible job, this was just a bad moment between the two and then defensive end Sheldon Richardson was quick to get on the ball. The Jets have a great front line and early on they were more than a match for the Packers offensive line, especially guys like Linley and replacement right tackle Derrek Sherrod. It definitely messed with Rodgers' rhythm and there were a few early passes which could have been picked off because of it. The Jets kept the pressure up though and it took until the middle of the second quarter before the offense and Rodgers came alive. Rodgers had a big run around the seven minute mark as the protection broke down. He cut for the sideline, did a tremendous job cutting around two defenders and gaining the first down before getting out of bounds. The drive stalled at the five yard line, as Rodgers couldn't connect on first down, then threw the ball to a receiver who wasn't looking at it for the second down and then the team had to settle for a field goal. At the end of the half, Rodgers finally got on the same page with his receivers, leading a 97 yard touchdown drive and burning 1:44 off the clock. The drive started after the Packers intercepted Geno Smith in their own end. Rodgers hit two quick passes and then had to scramble for a first down. With the help of a penalty and a long catch and run by Cobb, and then rookie Davante Adams, the Packers found themselves on the six yard line. Rodgers then connected with Randall Cobb (the first of two scores) over the middle and in traffic. Cobb fakes going out and confuses the coverage when he steps inside where Rodgers hits him for six. The Packers and Rodgers came out in the second half and began to have a lot more success, as the receivers began creating separation from the overmatched Jets secondary. The offensive line began doing a better job of blocking and giving Rodgers time to throw as well. Cobb scored again on a short-yardage pass in the third quarter but the back-breaker for the Jets was when Rodgers and Jordy Nelson hooked up on an 80-yard touchdown near the end of the third quarter. On the play, Nelson got behind cornerback Dee Milliner and rookie safety Calvin Pryor was too slow coming over to help. Nelson had a chunk of field between him and either defender, caught the ball in stride, made Pryor miss and ran for a touchdown. While it took some time to get his act together, Rodgers ended up with a very solid game.

2014 Week 3 vs DET (16 / 27 / 162 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Over the last few weeks we've seen a struggling offense in Green Bay, and that includes Aaron Rodgers. We wrote off Week 1 as it was the Seahawks, in Seattle--a tough out for anyone. Then we overlooked the game against the New York Jets, in part because the team won, though really on the strength of a fantastic third quarter. Perhaps though, there is more going on and we need to re-examine those games as this offense looked really off against the Detroit Lions. The offensive line has been an issue, as has a struggling run game--both were factors on Sunday. While Rodgers was only sacked twice (and "hit" three times) the Lions still had good pressure and it hurt Rodgers, who clearly wanted to go long but didn't have time. His timing with many of his receivers also seemed a bit off, as with a short pass behind rookie Davante Adams in the first quarter. That was all Adams it seemed, as Rodgers believed he would turn and catch the ball right off the line, but Adams kept going. The two would later hook up on the same play, but Rodgers would again throw behind Adams, and this time it was on the quarterback. Rodgers was also plagued by a few drops by his receivers on what should have been easy (albeit short) passes. When he was in sync with his receivers, good things happened, such as when he hooked up with tight end Andrew Quarless for a touchdown. On the play, Quarless ran a short post and did a great job of getting his body between the defender and his quarterback. Rodgers' throw came in hot and Quarless hauled it in for the score--the loan one on the day for the offense. While Rodgers walked away from the game without turning the ball over, he very easily could have been picked off several times. One play, in the second quarter Rodgers threw a pass to Jordy Nelson along the sideline but didn't see strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus lurking underneath. The safety leaped up and tipped the ball, which was almost intercepted by cornerback Darius Slay as well. With tough coverage on Nelson, and no run game, the offense was never able to stretch the field or fully get going. The overall gameplan seemed oddly conservative until the third quarter - the first half was 15 called run plays compared to 14 passes. That shifted to 11 drop-backs compared to four runs in the next two series, which the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein pointed out ended in punts. By the time the Packers started shifting back to their pass-happy offense, it was too late. Three games in, the offense and Rodgers don't look like they are firing on all cylinders though hopefully they can get going in a critical matchup against the Chicago Bears.


Latest News

Packers | Aaron Rodgers misfiring (Mon Sep 22, 10:00 AM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has underthrown his target 11 times in the last two games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Our View: Things are off with the Packers offense. We'll see if Rodgers can correct some mechanical issues or if this problem is a timing/route-depth issue with his receivers.
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers keeping Jordy Nelson busy (Tue Sep 16, 06:14 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has targeted WR Jordy Nelson 30 times in two games so far this year. Rodgers has never targeted one of his wideouts more than 8.3 times per game in a season.

Our View: Keep it up Rodgers! That's what Nelson's fantasy owners are saying. The two have a great connection, so the number of targets should not be overly alarming.
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