Thursday, September 12, 2013
Starter Pack: Where's Aaron Rodgers?
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
It was such a busy Wednesday around Lambeau Field that I didn’t even get the chance to weigh in on ESPN colleague Dan Graziano’s second installment of MVP Watch.
Last week, Graziano had Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ranked second on his preseason list behind only Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
One week later, he’s not even in the top 10. Why?
Let’s allow Graziano the chance to explain.
He wrote: “MVPs come from winning teams, from playoff teams at the very least, if not the absolute top teams in the league. So as the MVP Watch unveils its first top 10 since the 2013 season actually began, you won't find anyone on a team that lost its Week 1 game. That's right. The Watch says no to Aaron Rodgers. He may have as good or a better chance in the end to win the award as anyone on this list, but not if his team doesn't win any games.”
- Our ESPN.com coverage included the following items: The possibility that rookie safety Chris Banjo might get the chance to play this week, the maturity and leadership receiver James Jones showed after failing to catch a single pass in the season opener, the uncertainty about how much Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will run with the ball on Sunday, another look, with the help of ESPN Sport Science, at Jordy Nelson’s impressive sideline catch against the 49ers, guard Josh Sitton’s choice comments about the three penalties he was charged with on Sunday, and finally the injury report -- which includes an update on Sitton’s bad back, tight end Jermichael Finley’s toe injury, and the possible return of safety Morgan Burnett
- In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty explained why Burnett’s absence reaffirmed his position as one of the team’s most important players on defense.
- In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne also wrote about the play of the safeties and broke down the poor performances by M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian. Tom Silverstein dissected the Packers’ struggles in the running game.
- At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde looked at the feast-or-famine nature of the offense last week.