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McCarthy: Rodgers' offseason his best yet

Jun. 17, 2014
 
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers' offseason was his best yet. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers' offseason was his best yet. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

After missing seven games late last season because of a broken collarbone, Aaron Rodgers in coach Mike McCarthy’s eyes has come back to have his best offseason.

The Packers are in the final week of offseason practices — this week officially is the team’s mandatory minicamp, but in essence it’s a continuation of OTA practices that started in May. After their final minicamp practice Thursday, the Packers won’t reconvene until the start of training camp in late July.

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The 30-year-old Rodgers is entering his 10th NFL season, ninth playing for McCarthy and seventh as the Packers’ starting quarterback.

“I think Aaron’s had probably his best spring, if I’m going to sit back and try to rank them,” McCarthy said after practice Tuesday. “I’ll probably say the same thing next year. But I think he’s in great shape. We changed a lot of things to make things easier for some of the other players, the newer players coming in on offense, and I don’t think people realize when you’re in Year 10, particularly Year 9 of an offense, the biggest change was for Aaron. But it was the best thing for the group, so he had a little more studying to do this year than in prior years. I think he’s handled that very well.”

Rodgers suggested his workload hasn’t been any bigger than past offseasons but that offseason practices are important for developing chemistry with young players. The Packers have three draft picks at receiver (Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis) and another at tight end (Richard Rodgers).

“You look for ways to get to know your new teammates,” Rodgers said. “You try to work on your timing in the spring, and you get yourself and your offense ready for training camp because that’s when the team really takes the physical shape that you’re going to see during the season.”

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