QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
|6-2, 220||Born: 12-2-1983||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2005|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): We had already moved Rodgers from the elite ranks heading into this week, but now we are questioning whether to start him against the Falcons next week. Perhaps the firing of Mike McCarthy could be a lift for the offense, but Rodgers has been a mediocre fantasy quarterback for over a month now.
General News (Fri Dec 7): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Dec 6): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 5): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 14: vs Atlanta Falcons
FBG says: Good matchup. It's been years since the football world has seen Aaron Rodgers struggle like this - and perhaps he never has. It's true that he's averaging 292 yards per game, second-highest of his Hall of Fame career, and has thrown 21 touchdowns to just a single interception on the year. But his efficiency has taken a hit as the Packers look to retool midstream. The low point came last week, with Rodgers managing just 233 yards on 50 throws against the Cardinals'defense at Lambeau Field. All of the usual quarterback-killing factors are working against him right now. His receivers are mostly young, raw, and mistake-prone, dropping too many passes and rarely being where the timing-based Rodgers needs them. Davante Adams remains a dependable No. 1 - he's posting career highs in catch rate (67%) and yards per game (93) while nabbing 11 of Rodgers' 21 touchdowns. But there's very little help on the horizon, and Rodgers can't depend upon his rookie wideouts winning their deep-ball battles every week. He's still a surefire fantasy QB1, but neither the floor nor the ceiling of this passing game is anywhere near the levels we're used to seeing. On paper, the Falcons pass defense has taken a big step forward from its awful start to the year. Over the past 4 weeks, they've allowed just 185 passing yards a game, holding 2 of those opponents without touchdowns through the air. But looking closer, it's easy to see the cracks. Opponents are controlling game flow and throwing less as the Falcons rushing defense has been a liability and there's still plenty of opportunity for passing offenses against this defense. The last four passes that the Falcons have faced - Baker Mayfield, Dak Prescott, Drew Brees, and Lamar Jackson - completed 69% of their throws at a solid 7.6 yards per attempt. With a pass rush that rarely shows up and a secondary, that's been shredded by injury and poor play, it's always a fair bet to project strong efficiency in this matchup. The 4-8 Falcons may not face much passing volume, but they let opposing passers make it count.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Aaron Rodgers's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs ARI (31 / 50 / 233 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of 50 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing three times for 20 yards. This performance was really a microcosm of Rodgers entire season, as he completed only 62% of his passes, and averaged a meager 4.6 yards per attempt. The Cardinals defense has been competitive at times this year, but should not have posed the problems they did for a quarterback of Rodgers stature. Rodgers and the Packers offense could not get anything going early, punting on their first three drives and seven of their first nine possessions. While Rodgers was sacked only once, it would be incorrect to say that the Cardinals pass rush didn't have a big influence on this game. They were constantly in the backfield and forcing Rodgers to step up in the pocket, or get outside the pocket where had to throw to receivers who were covered. It is not a stretch to say a less accurate (and less savvy) quarterback would have thrown several interceptions, but Rodgers was able to throw the ball away on many occasions, while giving his receivers a small, but fighting chance to make tough catches. The problem was his receivers were not making many plays for him, although to be fair, even if you put DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown or Julio Jones on the field, they were not coming down with the type of passes that Rodgers was throwing. Rodgers only touchdown pass on the day came with the Packers at the Cardinals 13 yard line, facing a 4th and four. It was a curious decision given the score was tied 0-0, and the Packers had barely moved the ball up until that point, but it turned out to be a good one for Green Bay. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun formation and immediately looked to his left at Valdes-Scalding who was running a fade route. The Cardinals had him covered well and safety help to boot, so Rodgers ran through his progressions before ultimately directing Adams across from the right side of the field to the left. Rodgers threw a very accurate pass to Adams crossing to the back left side of the end zone, and Adams was able to make a nice catch and get both of his feet just barely down short of the end line.
2018 Week 12 vs MIN (17 / 28 / 198 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 28 passes for 198 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. With this loss, the Packers are no longer in playoff contention, which rarely happens with Rodgers is your quarterback. The Vikings did a great job putting pressure on Rodgers throughout the night, including sacking him four times and forcing Rodgers to get the ball out early on several other attempts. The 198 passing yards was a season low for Rodgers, and only the second time this season that he failed to register at least 250 passing yards. Rodgers has only thrown one interception to 20 touchdowns, but the combination of the Packers defense and young skill position players have made it a tough year in Green Bay. In this game, the Vikings had a strong defensive gameplan that focused on getting pressure to Rodgers and limiting what his receivers could do coming off the line. This worked very well in addition to the Vikings offense dominating the time of possession, and although the Packers were within two scores, the game never really felt that close due to the Vikings have the momentum the entire second half. Rodgers only touchdown pass came with the Packers driving at the Vikings 15 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center with Davante Adams lined up out wide to his left. Rodgers took a quick drop and was looking to Adams the entire way, throwing the pass behind Adams to his back-shoulder at about the five yard line, and Adams did the rest, turning to catch the ball and then running across the goal line.
2018 Week 11 vs SEA (21 / 30 / 332 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 30 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing one time for three yards. Rodgers mostly hooked up with Aaron Jones and Davante Adams on the night, with those two combining for 229 of Rodgers 332 yards. Another 54 yards went to backup tight end Robert Tonyan on one play, so as good as his overall numbers look at the end of the day, the Packers offense was not firing on all cylinders against the Seahawks. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers on their own 46 yard line, with Rodgers lined up under center. He took the snap and as he took his drop back, the Seahawks pass rush collapsed around him and managed and several players managed to get a hand on Rodgers. Still, Rodgers was able to swing free and roll out of the pocket to his right. On the dead scramble, Rodgers somehow threw it all the way down to the end zone where Tonyan was running across the field to the right side of the end zone. Tonyan came down with a nice catch with his defender on him for a pretty improbable 54 yard touchdown. Rodgers final touchdown pass came with the Packers driving on the Seahawks 24 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of shotgun with Jones to his right, with Jones running a straight go-route in the middle of the field. Jones blew by the linebacker trying to cover him and Rodgers delivered a strike for an easy 24 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 10 vs MIA (19 / 28 / 199 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 28 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while also rushing six times for 21 yards. This game was the Aaron Jones show, so Rodgers did not have put the Packers on his back like he normally does. This turned out to be more needed than you think though, as the Miami defense did make some timely plays to slow down the passing game. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on the Packers initial drive to start the game. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Miami seven yard line, Rodgers lined up under center. He took the snap and immediately looked to his right, before turning back to his left and firing a dart to Davante Adams running a slant route. The throw was perfect, and Adams made the easy catch to put the Packers up 7-0. After Jones scored a two yard touchdown to put the Packers ahead 14-0, their next three drives went, loss of downs after a sack on fourth down. Then the Packers punted, and then they had a punt blocked. In the middle of the third quarter, the Green Bay defense got its first red zone takeaway in 25 games, after intercepting Brock Osweiler at the Miami 12 yard line. After Adams got penalized for an illegal crackback block, Rodgers threw his second touchdown pass on a second and 23 from the Miami 25 yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun and took the snap, surveying a Miami defense that was playing very loose zone coverage. Adams managed to find a seem 21 yards down the field and Rodgers hit him with the pass as he was wide open underneath the zone coverage. Adams caught the ball and then cut back before crossing the goal line untouched for his second touchdown.
2018 Week 9 vs NE (24 / 43 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 43 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while also rushing four times for eight yards. The Patriots did a good job of containing the Packers receivers in this game by giving Rodgers a lot of underneath throws. The result of this was a lot of long drives for the Packers, but the Patriots were able to limit them to only two touchdowns and a field goal, which is rarely going to be enough to beat Tom Brady. The Packers offense either stalled or turned the ball over four times between the 40 yard lines. Rodgers was his typical steady self in this game, making quite a few "wow" throws, but the difference was the fact that he could not manufacture many big plays. Rodgers averaged only six yards per attempt in this game, but you have to give credit to the Patriots defense for having the right game plan. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on a third and goal from the Patriots two yard line. Rodgers took the snap in the shotgun formation and play-action faked the handoff to Aaron Jones. Rodgers then rolled out to his left, which looked like a designed bootleg before stopping short of the line of scrimmage and throwing back to the middle of the endzone for Adams. It was a short throw, but one that needed to be precise, given the fact that Adams was covered tightly. Rodgers second touchdown pass came on a second and goal from the Patriots 15 yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun with trips right and Graham in the inside slot position. Rodgers took the snap and his offensive line gave him enough time to sit in the pocket and wait for Graham to run a post route to the left side of the endzone. Rodgers threw a nice pass to Graham perfectly in step for the 15 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 8 vs LAR (18 / 30 / 286 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Rodgers played well in this game, but his own teammate and the Rams constant pressure kept him from winning. He was able to beat a blitz for a long go-ahead score to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the fourth quarter and found Davante Adams deep a few times to account for a big chunk of his passing yardage. Randall Cobb was back to get wide receiver screens and his young outside receivers got free in coverage a few times, but Rodgers had to work hard to keep the offense on the field in this one. His scrambling ability was better than before the bye when he was wearing a knee brace, but more often he wasn't able to escape the relentless pass rush, either sacking him or forcing poor throws on third down. The Rams pass rush is coming on, but Rodgers still would have had a great fantasy day if he had gotten one more drive that Ty Montgomery denied him.
2018 Week 6 vs SF (25 / 46 / 425 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 34 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 46 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 34 yards. Rodgers got it cracking from the first play of the game, completing a pass to Ty Montgomery for 19 yards and then connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 60 yard strike. Two plays later Rodgers threw a lateral pass in the backfield to Ty Montgomery for a two yard touchdown, but it was later declared a rushing touchdown for Montgomery. Rodgers was slinging it all over the field, completing nine passes of 19+ yards. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers at the nine yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun and his offensive line gave him solid protection, before Rodgers was able to throw a laser to Davante Adams in the back of the end zone on a crossing route. Rodgers has done a great job coaching up his young receivers, and although there have been some bumps along the way, he displayed nice rapport with Valdes-Scantling on a 30 yard pass. Rodgers was chased out of the pocket and rolled out to his right. With Rodgers scrambling, Valdes-Scantling took off down the right sideline and Rodgers threw a line drive behind Valdes-Scantling, and the rookie did an awesome job of concentrating on the ball and coming down with a tough catch with his defender all over him. The story of the night was the Rodgers to Adams connection though, as they hooked up on a 16 yard touchdown with two minutes left in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 30-30. With Rodgers line up in the shotgun at the 16 yard line and Adams lined up out wide on the left side, Adams run a stutter-step go-route. Rodgers makes things look so easy, but the truth is he threw a beautiful ball to Adams where his defender could not make a play on the ball and Adams made the leaping catch to secure the tying touchdown. While Rodgers completion percentage was not great on the night, he was consistently making plays down the field that more than made up for it.
2018 Week 5 vs DET (32 / 52 / 442 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 32 of 52 passes for 442 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers loss to the Lions on Sunday. Rodgers also ran three times for 10 yards. Rodgers had to put the Packers on his back, once again, with two of his top three receivers out for the week in Randall Cobb and Geranimo Allison. He hardly to blame for the loss though, as Rodgers responded with a monster day and would have pulled off a big win if not for Mason Crosby's FOUR missed field goals. Rodgers was slinging it all over the field, and when he's in a groove passing, he can put the ball in places that few other quarterbacks can. On first and 10 from his own 12 yard line, Rodgers threw a pass to Jimmy Graham running a seem route from the left slot. Deep in your own territory is not the best time to gamble on a throw, but still, Rodgers threw the ball high and out in front of Graham to give him the opportunity to make a play where his defender could not get to it. If he overthrows Graham or it is a tipped ball, it is an interception most of the time and it gives Detroit the ball deep in Packers territory. The pass was perfect and Graham made a really nice play to come down with the catch for a 24 yard gain. Rodgers first touchdown pass went to Valdes-Scantling, with the Packers on the Lions three yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun, play-action faked to Williams and then rolled to his left before finding Valdes-Scantling for an easy touchdown, as Rodgers sold the fake so well there was no Lions defender even near him. Rodgers second touchdown pass went to Lance Kendricks, with the Packers on the Lions one yard line. Again, Rodgers play-action faked the handoff and had Kendricks wide open for an easy touchdown pass. His final touchdown pass went to Davante Adams with the Packers on the Lions 12 yard line. Adams ran a masterful route, faking to the middle of the field at the apex and then breaking to the sideline. It was a routine play for Rodgers, who threw Adams the ball in a perfect place to allow Adams to score unimpeded.
2018 Week 4 vs BUF (22 / 40 / 298 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 40 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rodgers also picked up an additional 31 yards on the ground on five carries. Despite the relatively easy victory, Rodgers and the Packers offense was not as sharp as we've seen them in the past, as this game could have easily been put away by the middle of the third quarter. With Randall Cobb inactive for this game, the Packers #3 receiver position was given to Marquez Valdes-Scalding, a rookie who was taken in this past draft by the Packers. Scalding didn't see many opportunities come his way, catching only one pass for 38 yards, but he was the source of a visibly frustrated Rodgers after what appeared to be Scalding cutting off his route prematurely. Speaking of which, Rodgers was quite upset in the locker room, lamenting the missed chances that the Packers had all day. From Rodgers perspective, he had reason to be frustrated, as he was putting the ball where it needed to be for much of the game, but his receivers were not coming up with tough catches, and they were missing some routine ones as well. Rodgers only touchdown pass came to Jimmy Graham on what was a quick out-route from the three yard line. The throw and the catch were routine, although it is nice to know that Rodgers is going to look Graham's way in the red one, as that is why they went out and signed him this off-season.
2018 Week 3 vs WAS (27 / 44 / 265 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 44 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing two times for 13 yards in the Packers loss to the Redskins on Sunday. The Packers were down 7-0 before they even tied their shoes on Sunday, as the Redskins Paul Richardson scored on a 42 yard reception with only two minutes off the clock in the 1st quarter. The Redskins scored again (two minutes left in the 1st quarter) and again (two minutes left in the 2nd quarter) to go up 21-10 by the end of the first half. The game script called for Rodgers to throw the ball a lot after getting down 18 points, and the Redskins played very good containment defense, holding the Packers to short gains. With the exception of Geranimo Allison's 64 yard touchdown, the Packers did not have a play of 20+ yards. With two minutes and change left in the 1st half, Rodgers lined up in the shotgun formation. With Allison lined up in the slot-right, Rodgers took the snap and baited the safety with a pump fake to Allison, who was running an up-in-up double move. The pump fake worked beautifully, the safety came up to make the play and Allison ran right by him, catching an easy Rodgers pass for a 64 yard touchdown. Rodgers second touchdown pass came with the Packers on the four yard line. With four wide, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and delivered a quick pass to Adams who was running a flat crossing route that utilized a pick from the inside receiver. Adams did the work of pushing his defender across the goal line for the score. This was a game that got away from Rodgers and the Packers, but you have to give credit to the Redskins defense, who knew exactly how to play the Packers offense to contain them in the 2nd half.
2018 Week 2 vs MIN (30 / 42 / 281 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 30 of 42 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown while also rushing three times for eight yards. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the game came at the start of the second quarter to Davante Adams. With Rodgers operating out of the shotgun, Adams ran a shallow out-route to the left sideline where Rodgers put the pass quickly, giving Adams time to turn and face his defender while cutting back twice back to the inside of the field for the touchdown. It was a standard throw from Rodgers, but Adams deserves some credit for eluding two defenders. Part of Rodgers mystique is that he makes things look so easy, and this game was really no different, although his receivers did a good job of getting open and making things easy on Rodgers. Even Jimmy Graham, who is not as spry as he once was, got great separation on his biggest gain of the day, a 35 yard reception where Rodgers made a routine throw up the right sideline. Rodgers moved the offense well enough to allow Mason Crosby to convert five field goals, but ultimately a tie against the Vikings was a poor outcome for a Packers team that controlled this game until deep in the 4th quarter.
2018 Week 1 vs CHI (20 / 30 / 286 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
In a game that will live on in Packers folklore for quite some time, Aaron Rodgers completed 20 of 30 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing once for 15 yards. This game was special because Rodgers was injured in the first half and had to be helped off the field, leading to DeShone Kizer coming in for seven passes, one of which was intercepted. At halftime, the Packers had little to be happy about, they were down 20-0 and Rodgers was injured. Like Superman donning his cape though, Rodgers heroically came back in the game to lead the Packers to a field goal and three touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on a 39 yard strike to Geronimo Allison. Rodgers was given time in the pocket and ignored the pressure mounting around him long enough to throw a deep ball across the field to Allison in the right corner of the end zone. It was a perfect throw and Allison did a good job of getting his feet down and holding onto the ball. Rodgers struck again on the next possession, first by completing a 51 yard pass down the left sideline to Davante Adams, where he had to throw a touch pass to hit Adams in stride. Adams did a great job of shaking off the initial tackle and then gaining another 40 or so yards after the catch. Three plays later, Rodgers and Adams struck again, this time for a touchdown. Rodgers got the ball out to Adams on the left sideline, and Adams turned around with no defender on him, but was met by three Bears defenders who were between him and the end zone. Adams threw a nifty fake to the inside and then cut back to the sideline, while bullying a Bears defender into the end zone for a touchdown. With two minutes and 29 seconds left in the game, and the Packers down six points, Rodgers found Randall Cobb for a 75 yard game-winning touchdown. Rodgers gets some credit for extending the play in the pocket, but the rest was all Cobb. Rodgers hit Cobb in the middle of the field, just past the first down marker. Cobb was able to turn around with no defender on him, as the Bears made a colossal coverage error, as there was no defender within ten yards of Cobb. Cobb was able to score a 75 yard touchdown up the middle of the field, without so much as being touched by a Bears defender until a late dive at the one yard line.
Latest NewsPackers | Aaron Rodgers play mistake-free again (Sun Dec 9, 06:44 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 21-of-32 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 14 against the Atlanta Falcons. During the game he set an NFL record with 359 consecutive attempts without any interception. Our View: Rodgers made great throws on his touchdowns, but wasn't able to put together a huge game against a terrible Atlanta defense. He's probably benchable at Chicago next week unless you don't have another QB1 option.
link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers able to go full (Fri Dec 7, 05:18 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) practiced in full for a third straight day Friday, Dec. 7 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 14 game against the Atlanta Falcons in the first game under interim head coach Joe Philbin. link to story Packers | Week 14 injury report for Green Bay (Fri Dec 7, 05:03 PM) - Green Bay Packers OL Byron Bell (knee), OT Bryan Bulaga (knee, illness) and S Raven Greene (ankle) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7. Bell is listed as questionable, Bulaga is doubtful and Greene is out for the Week 14 game against the Atlanta Falcons. LS Hunter Bradley (ankle) was listed as a limited participant, while CB Bashaud Breeland (groin) and S Kentrell Brice (ankle, concussion) practiced in full. They're each listed as questionable. OT David Bakhtiari (knee), WR Randall Cobb (hamstring), TE Jimmy Graham (knee, thumb), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (elbow) and OG Lane Taylor (foot) practiced in full and are off the injury report. link to story Packers | Aaron Rodgers fully practices (Thu Dec 6, 07:32 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. link to story Packers | Full practice for Aaron Rodgers (Wed Dec 5, 07:06 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) fully practiced Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story More News
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