Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Rodgers' preseason snaps won't change
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers does not expect his preseason playing time to be any more extensive than it was last season, when he saw little action, nor does he believe it's necessary.
Last summer, Rodgers played only five series for a total of 45 snaps in the first three preseason games, then never got off the sideline in the summer finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
When asked whether he wanted to or needed to play more, beginning with Saturday's exhibition opener on the road against the Tennessee Titans, Rodgers on Wednesday said: "No and no."
"I'd like to be out there a lot in the second and third [preseason games]," Rodgers said. "But the first and fourth are, in my mind, not very important."
At least not for the 30-year-old quarterback and the rest of the veteran starters.
"I still feel like the preseason is really important for the young guys, confidence-wise and to show what they can do," Rodgers said. "But for us it's about rhythm and timing, and I think you can get a lot of that in practice with the way we practice and the type of scenarios that we go through with our no-huddle and third-down and red-zone stuff.”
Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday after the last open training camp practice of the week that he has not decided how playing time will be divided up for Saturday's game. The team will not practice on Thursday and then will hold a light, private workout on Friday.
Coming off the broken collarbone that cost him seven-plus games last season, Rodgers has looked sharp so far in training camp, so it's not as though McCarthy will feel the need to get his quarterback any extra work this summer.
However, the Packers are breaking in a new center, JC Tretter, and it will be important to get him some work with Rodgers before the regular-season opener at Seattle.
"Even in preseason, there's going to be some bumps along the way," Rodgers said. "But you go out there, try to make the right checks and get yourself in good situations, be accurate, move the football down the field and score points. We'll see what happens when we get out there. There's going to be some young guys and some different things. It will be good to get some tempo with JC out there."
Before Rodgers' preseason playing time was drastically reduced last August, he had averaged just over 80 snaps of preseason action per summer in his first five seasons as a starter.
Like last year, the Packers will use the preseason to try to settle the backup quarterback situation. Expect Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien, who are battling for the No. 2 job, to get extensive action.