Aaron Rodgers is in his 11th NFL season — all with Mike McCarthy as coach and running essentially the same offense.
So, how does Rodgers avoid boredom this time of year, as the offense is installed for the umpteenth time in his career?
“You know what? I find myself writing down the same notes that I’ve written down for the last 11 years,” Rodgers said before Monday’s practice. “Just little reminders that I like to come into my brain when a play gets called. Whether it’s a play that I learned on one of the first days in 2005 or one that gets reinstalled for the third time this season, as we do it once in IPWs, once in the OTAs and then now in training camp. If you look through my notebooks from all the years, it will probably be the same exact notes from those plays because I like to remind myself of those things. It’s the repetition of reading that line or thinking about a certain thought associated with one of those concepts. That’s how I lock that into my mind and stay really sharp mentally.”
Also of note from Rodgers’ weekly media session:
— Rodgers led the offense to a touchdown on a two-minute drill at the end of Sunday’s Family Night. He also did on Saturday morning. Is there a deeper meaning to those touchdowns?
“I think it’s just two drives in training camp,” Rodgers said. “The thing about practice environments like that, it’s not 100 percent realistic. They can quick-whistle the sacks sometimes and also the catch and the yardage are different. We moved the ball, we worked some situations, we converted fourth down, we had a clock play, we had some third-down conversions, so we hit some of the things that Mike wanted to hit, and that’s what we’re looking to do. It’s better than throwing a pick on Family Night, which I’ve done a number of times, so it was good to not do that.”
— The Packers entered camp looking extremely deep at receiver, and nothing has changed through the first six practices of training camp. With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis, that’s seven receivers leading the pack. However, undrafted rookie Geronimo Allison has taken some first-team reps, as well. Clearly, the Packers can’t keep eight — and probably can’t even keep seven.
“It’s usually the best 53 that Ted (Thompson) and Mike will pick and that varies from year to year,” Rodgers said. “We’ve had years we’ve kept five tight ends and limited the number of receivers and offensive linemen. If you look at our team on the offensive side, I think we’re pretty deep at receiver and at offensive line. We’ve had a lot of guys playing some really good football on the offensive line. We want to keep as many of those big guys as we can, and we’ve got a lot of skill guys playing good, too, so it’s going to be interesting to see how it shakes out. We’ve got 50 spots between the offense and the defense. It varies from year to year if it’s 25-25 or 24 one way or the other, but it will shake itself out the right way. Those guys know they’re playing not just for our team but every other team out there watches us and usually at least a couple of guys get picked off the roster at the end.”
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