A big debate this preseason amongst Green Bay Packers fans is whether or not Aaron Rodgers should play at all, well I’m here to tell you he shouldn’t.
The Green Bay Packers have arrived in Canada and are just about ready to take on the Oakland Raiders in their third preseason game. However, at this point, we do not know if quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take the field or not.
Rodgers was supposed to play a quarter or so last week in Baltimore but missed the game for precautionary reasons with back tightness. Since then, he has returned to practice.
I can understand why fans want him to play in the preseason, especially with a new head coach calling plays and a new offensive system being implemented. However, sending him out there in a meaningless game where he could be injured just doesn’t make any sense.
First off, the offense that the Packers have ran through the first two preseason games has been completely vanilla. Green Bay hasn’t even used motion once yet and that is an integral part of the Matt LaFleur offense, so what is Rodgers really gaining by being out there?
As far as taking reps in the new offense, he is accomplishing much more in practice than he would be in a preseason game.
Also, it’s not as if he has a new offensive weapon to get on the same page with. Any important player in the offense – Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, Geronimo Allison, Jimmy Graham, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, etc. – have all worked with Rodgers for at least a season now.
Lastly, he’s Aaron Rodgers – an elite quarterback that has been in the NFL since 2005, he simply doesn’t need the same live reps to learn the offense like Jared Goff, Marcus Mariota or Jimmy Garoppolo does.
The Green Bay Packers may very well send Rodgers out there against the Raiders, but nothing of significance can be gained from doing so. However, an injury is always a possibility and we’ve seen the backup quarterback play this preseason, is it really worth it for a quarter of preseason action?
Sure, there is always the possibility of a slow start but as we’ve seen in the NFL, it’s not about how you start the season but how you finish.
When the Packers head to Soldier Field for their week one matchup with the Chicago Bears, whether they win or lose, the result isn’t going to be determined by whether or not Aaron Rodgers played a quarter during the third preseason game.