Former Packers WR Greg Jennings showers praise over QB Aaron Rodgers
The fans and the media alike have begun to criticize Aaron Rodgers this offseason for his shortcomings. On the other side of the spectrum, Greg Jennings has nothing but praise for the Green Bay Packers quarterback.
"Aaron Rodgers is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer. He has absolutely zero to prove. We talk about the Green Bay Packers being Super Bowl contenders. Why? Because of Aaron Rodgers. … It's like the Andrew Luck situation." — @GregJennings pic.twitter.com/GamFQU3wwv
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 15, 2019
Last season, Rodgers had a season that saw him play below his usual standards. The two-time All-Pro quarterback aired it out for 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
For a typical quarterback in the NFL, those stats are remarkable any way you look at it. But for Rodgers, his 25 touchdowns were the fewest he’s thrown in a season where he has started in at least 15 games.
Injuries have taken a toll on Rodgers in the past few seasons—including 2018. The Packers’ signal-caller suffered a knee injury in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Rodgers was diagnosed with a tibial plateau fracture and a sprained MCL, but managed to start in all 16 games.
Throughout the season, Rodgers wasn’t able to maneuver the way he usually does to make his signature plays out of the pocket. His injury affected his play and it began the question of if we’ve seen the best of Rodgers already in his career.
At 35 years old, Rodgers is entering his 15th season with Green Bay. However, this year will be the first time that Rodgers walks into the building as the starter without Mike McCarthy as his head coach. Matt LaFleur was hired in hopes to provide a spark with the current offense.
McCarthy was fired last season after having two straight seasons that ended in missing the playoffs. That led many to point fingers at Rodgers and McCarthy as the reasons why Green Bay couldn’t reach the postseason.
Despite what Jennings said, with Rodgers being the ultimate competitor, he believes he has something to prove every season. It just so happens that the pressure on him to perform in 2019 is warranted.