QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
|6-2, 220||Born: 12-2-1983||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Rodgers played very well and made the throws he needed for the Packers to prevail on the road. The problem is in this version of the Packers offense, he's not going to be an elite QB1, or maybe even a strong one. He remains a no brainer everyweek start unless you have Cam Newton, Tom Brady, or Carson Palmer, but expectations continue to get lower.
General News (Fri Nov 27): said he lost feeling in his left hand after taking a hit in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Nov. 26. "I lost feeling in my hand for a good portion of the game there in the third quarter (and) fourth quarter," Rodgers said. "I'm waiting to get it back in a couple of fingers, but it's OK in the first three." Rodgers didn't miss any snaps in the game but was forced to hand the ball off with his opposite hand. He doesn't expect it to be a lingering issue.
Week 12: vs Chicago Bears
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Aaron Rodgers threw three TDs at Soldier Field back in Week One, posting 18/23 for 189 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions against the Bears. As we've seen, Rodgers and company have struggled during November but pulled out a win last week at Minnesota (30-13, with 16/34 for 212 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown by Rodgers). Coming into this second divisional showdown with the Bears, the Packers are rounding back into form. The Chicago pass D has allowed third-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the past four games (15.6) while ranking fifth-least in fantasy points given up to wide receivers (15.5) and has been just outside the top-ten least with 7.3 fantasy points allowed to tight ends (12th-least to be exact). The Bears are fourth-best in the NFL averaging 217.2 net passing yards given up per game, with 19 passing scores surrendered so far this year. They gave up 20/27 for 219 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Brock Osweiler last week, sacking him five times for -31 yards; Nick Foles threw 17/37 for 191 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception vs. Chicago two games ago. This is a tough pass D right now, despite the passing TDs handed out to Osweiler last week.
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs MIN (16 / 34 / 212 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Things didn't start out all that great for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers passing offense, but Rodgers rebounded in the second half and played much closer to what we expected but didn't see over the last few games. Early on, Rodgers seemed uneasy in the pocket and not on the same page as his receivers, such as on a 2nd down in the first quarter when he threw a bizarre short pass to nobody. Upon closer examination, it appeared that James Jones didn't run right route, and when Rodgers tried to pull the ball back, it slipped from his hand. There were also spots where Rodgers just flat out missed a receiver. But in the final two minutes of the first half, the momentum seemed to shift for Rodgers and the offense. The drive started off a little shaky again, but then the Vikings were called on a big pass interference penalty which put the Packers on the Vikings' 35 yard line. While the Packers weren't connecting all that much in the red zone, the Vikings kept getting flagged and give the Packers offense more chances until Rodgers finally hooked up with Randall Cobb for a 10-yard score. It was an ugly drive, but it got Rodgers going. Interestingly, from a statistical standpoint, Rodgers wasn't great in the second half, going just 5-of-14 after having gone 11-of-20 in the first half. However, while his passing numbers weren't tremendous, he and the offense looked more in sync, including on a perfect pass thrown to James Jones along the sideline of the end zone. The throw was only where Jones could get it and Jones made a great catch while keeping his feet in bounds. There's still something off about the passing offense, but Aaron Rodgers seemed much closer to his old self in the second half.
2015 Week 10 vs DET (35 / 61 / 333 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
The game started off in the right place. Aaron Rodgers was throwing a lot of short passes and getting the offensive into rhythm. It seemed to be that the offense was finally getting back to basics, which could only spell trouble for a Detroit Lions defense which has largely been awful. Then Rodgers' accuracy started going wonky and he began throwing the ball wide, high, and otherwise off-target. It wasn't a matter of not having Jordy Nelson--these passes were bad, and even Nelson wouldn't have caught them. Rodgers missed Davante Adams on a long pass where Adams had a few yards on the coverage and the ball sailed. He then missed Jared Abbrederis along the sideline on a short out. These are passes Rodgers just doesn't miss, especially back to back. Rodgers got back on track, but the consistency he normally shows seems to be gone. While he was largely effective between the 20 yard lines in the second quarter, he was unable to find the end zone and the team had to settle for a field goal and then kneeled down to end the half. Rodgers opened up the second half with three straight incomplete passes, over the course of two series and all three passes were poorly thrown and off-target. As with the first half, Rodgers settled down over the course of the quarter, but more than once reverted to his inaccurate ways. Even on a simple shuttle pass in the fourth quarter, he just flat out missed his target. Rodgers did hook up with tight end Richard Rodgers again this week on a bullet to the back of the end zone late in the fourth quarter and then followed it up with a throw to Justin Perillo. On the two-point conversion try, the Lions blitzed the A gap and Rodgers had very short time to make a decision. Had he rolled out or scrambled he might have had Richard Rodgers open across the middle, or he might have been able to get more on the pass to Davante Adams with was dropped. Ultimately neither thing happened and the conversion failed. Overall, Rodgers continues to look off and his accuracy and timing are not what we have come to expect, while the offensive playcalling also seems to deviate from what is working--short slants and outs--which seems to disrupt everything. The offense and Rodgers are both taking too long to get going and by the time they do, the team has dug itself a hole which, the last three weeks, they have been unable to get out of.
2015 Week 9 vs CAR (25 / 48 / 369 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
The first half of Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers looked like a hangover caused by the hammering the Denver Broncos defense administered a week prior. The Panthers did an excellent job of bottling up Rodgers' receivers while the offense ran roughshod over Green Bay's defense, creating a 37-14 halftime deficit. Surprisingly, though Rodgers was sacked five times overall, only one came in the first half when the Panthers were better on defense. It wasn't all bad in the first half though, as Rodgers did a great job extending the play and zipping a pass in a tiny window for a Richard Rodgers touchdown last in the first quarter. On the play, nobody was open as Rodgers rolled out to his right and made his progressions. He dodged one defender, then stepped up and spotted R.Rodgers at the front corner of the end zone. With no margin for error, Rodgers fired the ball at his tight end for the score. One of the things which really stood out during a second look at the game was the difficulty the Packers had converting third down plays. ESPN's Jason Wilde broke it down further, pointing out that not only were they 3-of-14 on third down Sunday, they have been 5-of-22 over the last two games and just 31-of-91 (or 34.1 percent) for the season. Wilde says that last year the team converted 47.2 of their third downs. The third down efficiency was 33 percent in the first half and actually got worse in the second half when the team put together its comeback--they went 2-of-6 in the first half and 1-of-8 in the second for a total of 3-of-14. Rodgers spent most of the first half--not just third downs--overthrowing or just flat out missing his receivers. The Panthers did a tremendous job of blanketing Rodgers' options, particularly Randall Cobb who had just one catch in the first half (on four targets). The second half was different right off the bat. Rodgers completed his first three passes, including a 53-yard touchdown to the aforementioned Cobb. On the play, Cobb got behind the defender on a wheel route down the sideline and Rodgers dropped the ball right in the basket, so his receiver never had to break stride on his way to the end zone. On the second touchdown, Rodgers got some help from James Starks on a catch-and-run. On the play, Rodgers hit Starks on a dump pass, but the receivers downfield did an excellent job of blocking and Starks was able to rumble his way for six points. Five minutes later and down 15 points with just under four minutes left, Rodgers hit R. Rodgers for his second touchdown of the game on a quick slant route. On the play, the tight end briefly blocked the defensive end, then squirted out toward the end zone. The end was too slow to react and Rodgers had a wide open shot to throw the ball. Of course, the biggest play was the one which was the most disappointing for both Rodgers and his fans. With two minutes left on a 4th and 4 and down eight points, Rodgers dropped back to pass. The play was designed for Cobb to go in motion and slip out to the right side where Rodgers could hit him with an easy pass. However, Rodgers saw two defenders gathered near receiver James Jones and assumed one would get Cobb. So he looked away and dismissed Cobb as an option. That was unfortunate, as Jones did a great job taking out both defenders and Cobb was indeed open. The safety was coming over, but had Rodgers shown patience and waited, he could have gotten the ball to Cobb as he has so many times in the same situation. Instead, Rodgers found himself with no outlet, was about to be tackled and got scared by something--his words--and just tossed the ball up where a defender intercepted it. Something is definitely off with the offense overall, though the second half was a step back towards normalcy. It's starting to look as if Rodgers is missing Jordy Nelson a bunch and as if defenses are catching up with the rest of the receivers--controlling Cobb and shutting down everyone else.
2015 Week 8 vs DEN (14 / 22 / 77 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 31 / 0 rush)
Sunday night was as close to a disaster as Aaron Rodgers has ever had, but it was more about the constant pass rush and stifling secondary than his own issues. Yes, Rodgers was erratic and at times wildly off target, but that a lot of that was the Denver Broncos defense. The Broncos' secondary did an excellent job of playing the Packers receivers in straight man coverage, which allowed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to rush five or even six players at any time, sometimes on delayed blitzes and often setting defenders near the edge to contain Rodgers when he fled the pocket. The offensive line did a fairly good job getting Rodgers time and when they couldn't, he used his legs to flee but the Denver secondary did an excellent job of containing the receivers (a point of emphasis in practice last week was sustaining coverage for long stretches of time per the broadcast team). The result was few completed passes and no touchdowns. Rodgers was sacked three times, all in the second half and one resulting in a fumbled ball which ended up in the end zone as a safety. The first two were the result of one defender getting through the line relatively unscathed (defensive end Antonio Smith on the first and linebacker DeMarcus Ware on the strip-sack leading to the safety), with the third more of a coverage sack by Von Miller. All the pressure and the sharp coverage reduced Aaron Rodgers' yards per attempt to just 3.5--a completely insane average for Rodgers. The moral of the story is that the Broncos defense is really good and the Packers could find themselves facing a similar test against a tough Carolina defense in Week 9.
2015 Week 6 vs SD (16 / 29 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
It was a decent day for Aaron Rodgers but the San Diego Chargers did what they could to confuse and limit Rodgers' options. In reaction to that, Rodgers spread the ball out, targeting nine different receivers (including tight ends and running backs). When the Chargers blanketed Randall Cobb, for example, Rodgers simply went to James Jones or tight end Richard Rodgers. He involved Jeff Janis and tight end Justin Perillo for the first time this season as well. This is what makes Rodgers--and through him, the whole passing offense--so tough to stop. Rodgers didn't do anything terribly different on Sunday, scrambling when under pressure and keeping his eyes downfield when he does so, resulting in catches by guys like Janis, R.Rodgers and Perillo when everything broke down. His shovel pass to James Starks for a touchdown in the first quarter was vintage Rodgers, as he dropped back and sucked the secondary into overcommitting to the deeper pass and leaving the underneath pretty much open for Starks. The touchdown to James Jones (because there is always one) was also classic Rodgers, a back-shoulder throw at the goal line where only Jones is going to catch it. Rodgers is in his usual form and continues to be one of the most reliable and productive quarterbacks in the NFL.
2015 Week 5 vs STL (19 / 30 / 241 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 39 / 0 rush)
The St. Louis Rams tried to take the outside routes away from Rodgers and the Packers offense early in the game, so he adjusted and started going inside. It immediately paid dividends with a 31-yard catch and run to rookie Ty Montgomery. On the play, tight end Richard Rodgers rubbed out a pair of defenders while Montgomery ran a shallow cross. Rodgers immediately hit the wide open Montgomery, who turned upfield immediately. Because Rodgers drew two defenders, there was nobody anywhere near Montgomery and he easily ran the rest of the way for the first score of the day. Overall, Montgomery and R. Rodgers were A. Rodgers 'go to guys' as the quarterback and Randall Cobb were out of sync. Rodgers also had a pair of interceptions--the first of the season and the first at home, ending a streak of 587 passes since his last interception at home. The first interception came off a tipped pass by Rams defender Chris Long, which linebacker James Laurinaitis grabbed before it hit the ground. The second pick was mostly a tremendous play for the Rams by Trumaine Johnson. On the play, James Jones ran a shallow out and Rodgers threw the pass immediately as soon as he finished his cut. Normally those balls are lasers, but this one seemed a little softer than usual. Johnson did an excellent job reading the play and diving in front of an unsuspecting Jones for the pick. Of course, you can only hold down Rodgers for so long and he eventually got loose for another touchdown in the third quarter, a dart to that same Jones for a 65-yard touchdown. On the play, Jones ran a post route and got a step on the defender. Rodgers zipped the ball in to Jones, who caught it on the run and hustled towards the corner of the end zone, diving the last yard for the touchdown.
2015 Week 4 vs SF (22 / 32 / 224 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 33 / 0 rush)
Right from the beginning, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense were attacking. The first play of the game featured Rodgers rolling out after a sharp-looking playaction fake and delivering a perfect pass to Ty Montgomery, who unfortunately dropped it. After that, the plays were shorter in nature as the San Francisco 49ers did a solid job of getting pressure on Rodgers and limiting his reads. The thing is, defenses can only contain Rodgers for so long and he eventually began picking them apart. What continues to be impressive about Rodgers and this offense is how quickly he reads defenses. His decision-making happens so rapidly that he often seems to be throwing the ball immediately after the snap. When the line buys him time, or when the play-call is for a deeper strike, his ability to buy time for a play to develop is unparalleled. It's what he did on his first touchdown throw, a 9-yards bullet to tight end Richard Rodgers. The line bought Rodgers some time, but the 49ers did a nice job covering his potential targets and eventually the protection broke down. Which meant Rodgers had to do his thing and scramble around looking for an open receiver. He saw his tight end breaking across the rear of the end zone with just a couple of steps on the defender and delivered the ball on a rope for the score. Probably the most impressive pass of the day was for very little yardage. On a play in the late second quarter, Rodgers was trapped by the pass rush and was taken to the ground. Yet when he was falling - and with the ball in his left (non-throwing) hand, Rodgers managed to get a pass off to running back Eddie Lacy, who got three yards on the play. Overall, Aaron Rodgers continues to be performing at near-peak efficiency and if he threw 'just' one touchdown on Sunday, he still played very efficiently and without any turnovers or major errors.
2015 Week 3 vs KC (24 / 35 / 333 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Rodgers put on a quarterback clinic Monday Night while throwing for 333 yards and five touchdowns. After failing to score on the opening drive the Packers offense kicked it into high gear. Rodgers led the Packers down the field on the ensuing possession with a six-play, 69-yard drive resulting in a touchdown toss to Ty Montgomery. The Packers next possession was more of the same, this time an eight-play, 89-yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Rodgers would lead two more scoring drives in the first half, a 51-yard drive resulting in a field goal and a 68-yard drive capped off with a 27-yard touchdown strike to James Jones. The Packers did not take their foot off the gas in the second half and Rodgers continued to have his way with the Chiefs secondary. Rodgers hooked up with Cobb for two more scores, a four-yard pass in the third quarter followed by another four-yard strike in the final frame. For the game, Rodgers completed 24 of 35 to seven different receivers while benefitting from excellent protection all night. A masterful performance from one of the league's best.
2015 Week 2 vs SEA (25 / 33 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 23 / 0 rush)
It almost doesn't matter who the Packers have at wide receiver as long as Aaron Rodgers is throwing the ball. As almost always, Rodgers did a solid job of shredding the opposition--in this case a normally potent Seattle Seahawks defense--with pinpoint accurate passing and smart play. Rodgers was able to get the Seahawks to jump offsides more than once with a hard count, and then wisely took his free play and made a great pass for more yards than the penalty. The first time he did it Sunday night came just one minute into the first quarter as Rodgers got the Seattle defensive ends to jump offsides and then calmly waiting for Randall Cobb to break free down the middle of the field for a 22-yard completion. Not only was Rodgers without Jordy Nelson (and with a still-knicked up Randal Cobb), he lost Eddie Lacy early in the game to a high-ankle sprain. Yet the reality is that as long as Rodgers has his arm and pinpoint accuracy, the rest seems to be details. His first touchdown, a 29-yard rocket to James Jones in the first, was a rocket. On the play he had to escape the pressure of the defensive line, slipping out to his left, but keeping his eyes downfield the whole time. The ball was perfectly placed between the defenders and hit Jones right as the receiver crossed the goal line. His second touchdown was similar--he stepped up into the pocket then moved to his left to escape pressure, but this time he threw a shorter pass to tight end Richard Rodgers for the touchdown. The tight end did a good job blocking out the defender with his body so Rodgers had an easy time getting the ball to him.
2015 Week 1 vs CHI (18 / 23 / 189 / 3 / 0 pass, 8 / 35 / 0 rush)
With everyone worried about what would become of an offense without Jordy Nelson, quarterback Aaron Rodgers should have told them to R-E-L-A-X. While the first two pass plays resulted in a sack and an incompletion, things started to click on a 1st and 10 with just over five minutes to go in the first quarter. On that play, Rodgers was under pressure but remained calm and stepped into the pocket as tight end Richard Rodgers broke free across the middle. The quarterback delivered a perfect pass which R. Rodgers hauled in for a first down. Another reason for Packers fans to calm down about Jordy Nelson in this game was the return of prodigal son, James Jones. He and Rodgers seemed to have not lost a step as Rodgers' first target of Jones resulted in a touchdown. As is usually the case with Rodgers, he put the ball high and where his receiver was the one with the best chance to catch the ball. The Bears defender didn't get turned around quickly enough and turned the wrong way which allowed the ball to make it to Jones for the score. Rodgers also showed his usual ability to take advantage of a free play when Chicago was flagged for being offsides and he hit Jones for a 34 yard completion. The pass was perfectly placed past the extended fingers of the Bears defender and hauled by Jones. Overall, Rodgers made few errors, completed 78 percent of his passes and carved up a suspect Bears defense with relative ease.
Latest NewsPackers | Aaron Rodgers lost feeling in hand (Fri Nov 27, 05:30 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (hand) said he lost feeling in his hand after taking a hit in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Nov. 26. 'I lost feeling in my hand for a good portion of the game there in the third quarter (and) fourth quarter,' Rodgers said. 'I'm waiting to get it back in a couple of fingers, but it's OK in the first three.' Rodgers didn't miss any snaps in the game but was forced to hand the ball off with his opposite hand. He doesn't expect it to be a lingering issue with his left hand. link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers struggling with receiver (Fri Nov 27, 09:09 AM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 15-for-35 (42.9%) for 129 yards, no touchdowns and one interception on throws to WR Davante Adams the last three weeks. Rodgers is 58-for-103 (56.3%) for 618 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions to everyone else. Our View: Adams has been a bust to this point. We're wondering why Jeff Janis isn't getting more work. Janis, Jared Abbrederis and Ty Montgomery are all becoming better dynasty commodities with Adams' repeated failures.
link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers returns to game (Thu Nov 26, 11:06 PM) - Updating a previous story, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (arm) returned against the Chicago Bears in Week 12 after having his arm examined by trainers. Our View: Rodgers and the offense continued to have problems again, with multiple drops and some timing issues between the quarterback and his receivers. The Packers are going to have a fight on their hands holding onto the NFC North title if things don't turn around.
link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers injured (Thu Nov 26, 10:49 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (arm) is being looked at by trainers on the sidelined after being hit in his left arm in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears in Week 12. link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers should play (Fri Nov 20, 04:01 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 20, and is listed as probable for the Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers did not practice Friday, so his practice designation is an estimate. link to story More News
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