No one in the NFL was under more pressure to perform last year than Aaron Rodgers, and he did so in excellent fashion. His final stats included 4,038 yards and 28 touchdowns as he made most Packers fans forget about the Brett Favre saga earlier that summer.
He will go into the season as the obvious starter and will look to avoid the sophomore slump, despite being in his fifth year. He made smart decisions all year and played through a very tough shoulder injury that easily could have had him miss a start.
He proved to be a great fit for the Packers and meshed well with his weapons on offense. He acts well beyond his years and is a true professional that still enjoys the game.
Backing up Rodgers, at least to start the year, will be last year’s seventh round draft choice Matt Flynn. Flynn was not even a lock to make the team last year, as most thought the Packers would keep second round pick Brian Brohm and sign a veteran.
However, Flynn beat out Brohm and became the back-up which prevented a free agent to come in. Flynn was two for five in his only playing time of the year against Tampa Bay, but Rodgers played in all 16 games last year so it was not a huge issue.
Flynn does not project to be more than a backup, but another year under his belt cannot hurt if he has to start a game next year.
General manager Ted Thompson took some heat when he drafted Brian Brohm in the second round in last year’s draft.
The pick seems more confusing as Brohm was the third string quarterback for all 16 games last year. However, Brohm will be just 24 years next year and should improve in his second season.
Remember, the year before he came out for the draft, he was considered one of the top picks in the draft.
Aaron Rodgers: 350-540, 31 TD, 14 INT, 4,110 yards, 235 rushing yards