Rodgers back in a familiar spot

Brett Favre will be back with the Packers in 2007, so what about Aaron Rodgers? Packers general manager Ted Thompson said Friday that Rodgers, the team's top pick in the 2005 NFL draft, is 'still a Packer.' PackerReport.com's Todd Korth explains:

With Brett Favre returning to the Green Bay Packers this season, Aaron Rodgers once again will have to watch, listen and learn at least for another season from the future Hall of Famer, but that's nothing new for Rodgers. He has sat behind Favre since he was selected in the first round by the Packers in 2005.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy informed Rodgers of Favre's decision Friday morning, soon after Favre announced that he was coming back for a 16th season in Green Bay and 17th overall in the National Football League.

Rodgers is at his home in Chico, Calif., rehabbing his broken left foot that he sustained last season. He was unavailable for comment Friday, though, he said at the end of last season that he would not be surprised if Favre returned to the Packers.

"It's been a lot of fun with Brett," Rodgers said. "He's a character. I've learned a ton from him about life and football, how to be a good teammate. How to practice. How to be in the games. How to be a professional. We've had a good time together."

Packers general manager Ted Thompson said Friday that Rodgers is making good progress from the injury he sustained Nov. 19 against New England.

"In fact, we just checked on him today," Thompson told the media. "Mike talked to him today, because obviously this affects him, and his immediate future and so forth. We just want him to know that he's a Packer and we're very happy to have both those guys."

Rodgers said a day after Green Bay's season-ending victory over Chicago that he intends to participate in the team's off-season workout program and McCarthy's quarterbacks school, which begins March 19. The 6-foot-2 Rodgers, who was listed at 223 pounds last season, said shedding some excess fat is a priority.

"Mike (McCarthy) always hounds me about my weight ... not really my weight but my body fat," Rodgers said. "He says I'm overweight, fat or whatever. All of his quarterbacks, he said, have always been around 8 percent body fat, and I was about 10. So, I want to get down to about 8 percent and get a little stronger upper-body wise and, obviously, get healthy and be ready to maybe go through a 16-game grind."

While the 16-game grind is out of the picture for now, Thompson said that McCarthy will give Rodgers as many reps as possible during the preseason and throughout the course of the regular season.

"As you saw last year, Aaron takes more and more reps in practice because we try to tailor back some of the things Brett does," Thompson said. "The actual playing experience certainly is valuable, but Coach McCarthy will work that through in preseason and things like that. We have to remember Aaron is still, I don't know if this is exactly right, but he's in the single digits of the youngest guys on our team still, even with all the rookies that we had in last year. He's going to be fine."

Of the players who finished the 2006 season on the team's active roster, only linebacker A.J. Hawk and running back P.J. Pope are younger than the 23-year-old Rodgers. Of the players who finished the season on injured reserve, only running back Arliss Beach and cornerback Will Blackmon are younger than Rodgers.

"Aaron's everything a professional is and should be," No. 3 quarterback Ingle Martin told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He's the kind of guy that when he gets his chance, he's going to do really well. I'm sure he would have been excited to be the starting QB, but he's still in a good situation."


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