After 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, and winning two NFL MVP awards, Packers fans have come to expect greatness from their veteran starting quarterback. Unfortunately, in 2015 Rodgers had one of his worst seasons in his career, with a completion percentage of 60.7, only 3,821 yards, and 31 touchdowns. Although Jordy Nelson’s absence likely played a contributing factor in his slump, it’s worth noting that the poor statistics fueled Rodgers desire to step things up a notch.
This week, Rodgers and the Packers start training camp. He’s been working hard since Green Bay’s exit in the NFC divisional playoffs versus the Arizona Cardinals. According to ESPN, Rodgers has gotten down to his rookie-weight of 218. Throughout his career, he’s fluctuated as high as 230 pounds, but thanks to his new dedication to a healthier lifestyle, he’s at the weight he wants to be at. Eliminating dairy and adding in more fruits and veggies, Rodgers is in top shape for the coming season.
“I just wanted to get healthier. I’ve done a lot of research and talked with Adam Korzun, our [team] nutritionist, and some other friends around the league about how I can extend my career and how I can be and feel healthier,” Rodgers stated to ESPN in June.
Head coach Mike McCarthy is also impressed with Rodgers progress. McCarthy spoke with ESPN heading into training camp:
“I would say Aaron’s vibe, and really his offseason participation and performance, looks to line up for a great. He’s in great shape. I would say this is the best shape I’ve seen him in. I would say he’s ready to go. I know he’s excited. Just in communication with him he’s excited to get started.”
With Jordy Nelson healthy, and Rodgers in top shape, Green Bay could be a force to be reckoned with this season. From 2011-2014, Aaron Rodgers had thrown to Jordy Nelson 224 times with a completion percentage of 70.5. They produced 2,683 yards, 26 touchdowns, with three interceptions for a passer rating of 143.9.
Green Bay opens the 2016 NFL season Sunday, September 11 at EverBank field versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.