Former NFL GM has one big question for Aaron Rodgers entering 2020 season
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has long held a patent on miraculous Hail Mary plays. However, it appears the respect for his deep ball has waned heading into the 2020 NFL season.
According to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic, general managers may no longer fear the threat of Rodgers throwing deep:
Rodgers has not averaged over eight yards per attempt since 2014. Rodgers was 11-40 on throws over 30 yards last year and had three touchdowns and one interception. On throws between 20 and 29 yards, Rodgers had 37.2% accuracy but threw seven touchdowns. Is he losing his down the field accuracy or are the skill players around him not making plays? In 2020, we will find out.
The prospect of a quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber suddenly experiencing losing his touch on the deep ball with the Packers may seem rather far-fetched.
Despite the adjustments that have been made to the offense with the arrival of head coach Matt LaFleur, their bread and butter still come under center in the passing game.
Of course, it is no secret that the Packers have struggled to put together much firepower in the receiving corps in recent years. The lack of a bonafide No. 2 option outside of wide receiver Davante Adams has clearly had an impact on Rodgers’ ability to push the ball downfield on a consistent basis.
Rather than allocate valuable resources to bring in another weapon on the outside, the Packers instead opted to trade up and select Rodgers’ future replacement in quarterback Jordan Love.
No matter what their plans are under center, they will need to address the lack of options in the passing game sooner or later.