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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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Rodgers left the Week 6 game with what is feared to be a broken collarbone. He is on injured reserve but could return in Week 15

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): The Packers believe he could return for Week 15, although if they keep losing and are eliminated from playoff contention, they could decide to shut him down. After this week's tough draw against the Steelers, they get winnable games against the Browns and Bucs, which would leave them at 7-6 and still alive if Brett Hundley can came through. Even though it might amount to nothing, Rodgers shouldn't be on any waiver wires.

Week 12: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. It's sad to have to be this blunt, but through 4+ games in relief of future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley has shown little sign that he belongs starting NFL games. He's always impressed in preseason play, as the team has routinely showcased him for trade value, but looks to be in woefully over his head now that the games count. Struggling to make quick reads and holding the ball far too long on a Tom Savage level, Hundley has completed just 60.8% of his throws, with a truly pitiful 3.12 adjusted net yards per attempt (factors in sacks and interceptions). Even after he looked set to turn some kind of corner in Weeks 9 and 10, Hundley regressed badly last Sunday, taking 6 sacks and coughing up 4 turnovers in a shutout loss. There is a little fantasy utility to be mined from here: Davante Adams has emerged as his go-to target, averaging 6.7 receptions for 89.7 yards over the last 3 weeks. But it seems foolhardy to expect any kind of stability, even in that connection. This passing game looks unlikely to produce much of note until/if Rodgers returns in Week 15, and there's major implosion potential against this fierce Steelers defense. Like their run unit, the Steelers pass defense has been elite for most of the season, more so than any unit aside from that of the Jaguars. Pittsburgh is allowing the league's fourth-fewest net yards per attempt and third-fewest yards per game, and only Jacksonville has given up fewer touchdowns. Granted, the Steelers have faced an absurdly soft schedule of quarterbacks, and the last 2 good ones they've faced (Matthew Stafford and Marcus Mariota) have produced 423 and 306 yards. But it needs to be pointed out that Stafford and the Lions were shut out of the end zone, and that much of Mariota's production came on 2 long completions and in garbage time during a 40-17 game. The Steelers intercepted Mariota four times - the first game in his career with more than two picks - and allowed virtually nothing of consequence aside from those two long balls. This remains a suffocating unit, one that's iffy in coverage but stymies quarterbacks and severely disrupts their connections with receivers, even without cornerback Joe Haden. Haden's Week 11 replacement, Coty Sensabaugh, was dominant aside from the long score he allowed to Rishard Matthews. He'll have more pressure on him against Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, but it's hard to imagine underwater Packers quarterback Brett Hundley making much real noise against this unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs MIN (2 / 4 / 18 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Midway through the first quarter, Aaron Rodgers was driven to the ground by Minnesota's Anthony Barr during a tackle. He was carted off and later the team said he had broken his collarbone. While it is possible he returns this season, it's unlikely.

2017 Week 5 vs DAL (19 / 29 / 221 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)

Never give Aaron Rodgers the last say in a football game--something the Dallas Cowboys should know by now. They gave Rodgers that in this game though, and it burned them as Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left in the game, taking the Packers to victory. The score capped a 9-play, 75 yard drive which took 1:02 off the board and saw Rodgers buy time--including an 18-yard first down--with his legs. This was a day where Rodgers didn't get the ball as much, because Dallas held the ball for 35:06 compared to Green Bay's 24:54. Still, what chances he got, Rodgers made the most of. On the game winning touchdown, Rodgers kept it simple. He took a three step drop and immediately looked to his left, seeing Davante Adams heading for the end zone. While the defensive coverage wasn't bad, Rodgers still made the throw, aiming for Adams' backside shoulder. Adams jumped up and caught the ball, easily keeping both feet in as he did.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (18 / 26 / 179 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

While Rodgers didn't pile on the yards on Thursday, he was about as dominant as we've ever seen him through parts of the game. That he did it while missing huge chunks of his offensive line makes it even more impressive. Of course, a bunch of his throws came on the run because of that, but he executed them almost perfectly. Despite some great throws for touchdowns, perhaps his most impressive ended up on the two-yard line. On the play, a 58-yard catch and run with favorite target Jordy Nelson, Rodgers faked the handoff to running back Aaron Jones, then scrambled away from pressure, heading up towards the line of scrimmage before uncorking a 45-yard throw to Nelson. It was a perfect pass, and one which Nelson, after two Bears defenders whiffed on the tackle, took to the 2-yard line. The Bears aren't exactly a defense bringing torrid pressure on the pass rush, and the Packers will face some tougher defenses, but as this game proved again, as long as Rodgers is healthy and mobile, Green Bay is a dangerous offensive team.

2017 Week 3 vs CIN (28 / 42 / 313 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 23 / 0 rush)

The first half was an abysmal game by Rodgers no matter what standards you use, but in the end Rodgers did Rodgers things and salvaged a win.. Rodgers was sacked five times, pressured far more and threw a pick six in the first half, while totaling just 73 yards. The Cincinnati Bengals, who had seemed toothless in the first two games of the year, pinned their ears back and hammered a wounded offensive line. The pick six was perhaps something Rodgers should have spotted as a possibility--as Bengals defensive back Williams Jackson jumped the route but was clearly lurking before that. Normally, that might be the sort of throw Rodgers threw a bit harder or put it where only Jordy Nelson could touch it, but Nelson had to come back a little for it and the ball didn't come out with as much force as we often see. When Williams picked it off, there was nobody between him and the end zone. Things settled down in the second half, as the banged up offensive line did a little better blocking, the Bengals played a more conservative style of defense and Rodgers caught his second wind, bootlegging and getting outside the pocket more effectively. He hit Nelson for two touchdowns, both nearly at the Bengals' goal line. On the first touchdown, Rodgers rolled out to his right, then acted as if he was going to run the ball in. The corner bit and stepped up, leaving Nelson wide open in the end zone. Rodgers hit Nelson again on a short out to tie the game with just 17 seconds left in the game, sending it to overtime. After a quick three and out for Cincinnati, Rodgers dropped back in the pocket and spied Geronimo Allison streaking down the sideline, well ahead of cornerback Adam Jones. Rodgers hit Allison in stride, and then Allison dodged Jones three times as he got to the 7-yard line.

2017 Week 2 vs ATL (33 / 50 / 343 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Sunday night's loss to the Atlanta Falcons is likely to bring some flashbacks to Packers fans from the early portion of the 2016 season. Then, receiver Jordy Nelson was hurt, and Aaron Rodgers seemed to struggle without him. This time, Nelson left early in the first quarter but the offense looked just as disjointed during the first half as it did last time Nelson was out, at least for the first half. Rodgers was also missing both his left and right tackles, and Randall cobb was banged up for a stretch as well. All that made for a bad first half for the quarterback, as he passed for just 85 yards and threw a pick. The second half started off much the same way, as the Falcons closed in on Rodgers on the Packers' second play of the half and the quarterback tried to throw the ball away, only to have it go backwards, making it a live ball. The Falcons scooped it up and ran it back for a touchdown. Things did improve a little for the Packers after that, but that's in part because the Falcons were playing a softer defense. Rodgers was 23 of 32 for 258 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, but that was merely a result of trying to avoid giving up a big momentum-turning gain and being less aggressive. Rodgers did manage to burn them deep on his 33-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams, where the receiver gained good separation with a sharp stutter step, and Rodgers dropped the ball just ahead of Adams, who dove and reeled it in. The other passing touchdown was a simple shovel pass to Montgomery. Neither score made much of a difference, as the Packers were too far behind to catch up.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (28 / 42 / 311 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 21 / 0 rush)

The Packers offense has started slow the last few years and things looked to be going that way again early in this game., but Aaron Rodgers hung in there and eventually his receivers woke up. Rodgers did see a lot of pressure throughout the game, and was sacked four times, three of them coming in the second quarter. The offensive line did a better job in the second half, though, and between Rodgers' ability with his legs and the improved line play, the passing offense really took off. There were signs it was primed to, as despite the pressure Rodgers managed to pass for 153 yards and, more critically, eight first downs. He was picked off once, but that was balanced out by Rodgers' consistent ability to bark the aggressive Seahawks defensive line offsides and get a free play. Eventually, Rodgers had chipped away enough at the Seattle defense to where they gave up a touchdown to Jordy Nelson. It actually came on one of Rodgers' free plays as well, as he caught the Seahawks with too many men on the field and risked a deep throw down the middle of the field where he got the ball to Nelson for the score. One thing to note about Rodgers' ending stats. While he only ended the day with one pick, he had two nullified by penalties. While they were a credit to the defense the Seahawks plays, it is unusual to see Rodgers dodge that many bullets in a game and a sign that, in some ways, Rodgers and the passing offense seemed just as off as they were early last year.


Latest News

Packers | Aaron Rodgers' recovery on track (Thu Nov 16, 11:25 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is making 'really good progress' in his recovery, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Our View: Rodgers could be back as soon as Week 15 and as long as the Packers are still alive in the playoff picture, he will be. He shouldn't be on the waiver wire in any league.
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers works on side (Wed Nov 15, 06:42 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) took some snaps on the sidelines during practice Wednesday, Nov. 15, but did not throw any passes. He also simulated a throwing motion by whipping a towel during the workout.

Our View: Rodgers is not allowed to practice for at least two more weeks and is not eligible to play again until Week 15 since he is on the Reserve/Injured list.
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