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The Green Bay Packers have been relatively secretive about their reasons for drastically reducing quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ playing time both in training camp and in preseason games.
Coach Mike McCarthy obviously wants to protect the team’s $110 million investment but until this summer, he had been fairly consistent with Rodgers’ summertime workload.
So why mess with a plan that has allowed Rodgers to be so successful since he became a starter in 2008?
Whatever the reason, it’s been a significant change, as we pointed out by noting that only two presumptive opening-day starting quarterbacks have played less in the preseason this year than Rodgers.
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In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz took a look at the poor showing by the Packers’ running game in Friday’s preseason game against Seattle. Columnist Mike Vandermause wondered why the Packers waited so long to sign backup quarterback Vince Young. In his daily practice report, Pete Dougherty discussed the problems rookie receiver Charles Johnson is having.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lori Nickel profiled rookie linebacker Sam Barrington. Tom Silverstein took a look at the production of the outside linebackers who have played along Clay Matthews and discovered this: Since Matthews entered the league four years ago, he has 42.5 sacks; the rest of the outside linebackers -- eight of them who have at least one -- have combined for 31.5. Bob McGinn topped his notebook with a look at the Packers’ inability to develop former backup quarterback Graham Harrell.