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Packers have a plan for Rodgers' reps

Aug. 1, 2013
 

Aaron Rodgers isn’t getting any younger, but became a whole lot more expensive this offseason when the Green Bay Packers inked the MVP quarterback to a five-year, $110 million extension.

For that reason, it’s only natural the Packers are going want to protect that sizable investment.

With two quarterbacks, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman, vying for the backup spot behind Rodgers, it’s resulted in the Packers honing in on a game plan for how to handle the 29-year-old quarterback’s workload during training camp.

The Packers haven't reveled Rodgers' pitch limit, but so far it’s resulted in Coleman and Harrell combining for as many team reps through the first week of camp as Rodgers, who in the past received more snaps during team drills than whatever the backups combined for.

“We have a philosophy and a process that we go through to try to keep Aaron in a good number of reps for his feet and his arm, but if I tell you I’d have to kill you,” Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo deadpanned. “But we do have a formula for that.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this offseason he hoped to take four quarterbacks into training camp as a way to reduce the amount of work placed on Rodgers’ shoulders.

However, an offseason training injury to Matt Brown resulted in the Packers’ waiving the rookie quarterback in the week leading up to camp, not that he would’ve seen any significant snaps as the fourth-stringer given the restrictions of the collective bargaining agreement.

Instead, the time to shine is now for both Harrell and Coleman, who said he’s noticed a substantial difference in the amount of on-field opportunities he’s had this year compared to his rookie season.

“They’re in open competition,” McAdoo said. “We're rolling who goes in after Aaron everyday and keep the reps even and we’ll let their play shake it out.”

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