Packers look to find early season rhythm

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is all smiles during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.

The 33 plays the starting offense received against the New England Patriots was a complete reversal from last year's opener in Tennessee when quarterback Aaron Rodgers, receiver

Jordy Nelson and running back Eddie Lacy all sat out. The rest of the starters played no more than a series.

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Rodgers played 69 combined snaps between the second and third preseason games last season before sitting out the finale against Kansas City. Coach Mike McCarthy wants his team to get off to a faster start this year and establishing rhythm with the first-team offense could play into that notion.

Rodgers sees value in preseason action, especially with competitions brewing at receiver and tight end. So much will he play Sunday in Pittsburgh?

"It's up to Mike," Rodgers said. "Obviously the goal for us is to stay healthy and to find some sort of rhythm. The preseason has been all over the place. There's been years, I remember one year I didn't get touched in the preseason and the first regular season game we had four or five sacks.

"Some years we struggle on offense and we come out and put up big numbers in the first couple games. We've started a little bit slow the last couple years. Mike maybe wants us to get a little more work in the preseason, which is fine."

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