Aaron Rodgers is ready to lead the way for the Green Bay Packers in their dress rehearsal.
The Associated Press is reporting that Rodgers expects to play in his first, and only, preseason game this season. The Packers take on the San Francisco 49ers for their third preseason game on Friday. He told the media, following the Packers longest practice of the summer, he will do whatever head coach Mike McCarthy wants him to do.
“I think I’m going to play,” Rodgers said. “I’m not sure how long he wants me to play, but it’ll be good to get out there and get some work with the guys.”
The nerves seem to be steady for the veteran quarterback. When asked what he needs to see on the field he responded in true Aaron Rodgers fashion, “nothing.”
The Packers are looking to rebound after their offense took a nose dive after injuries to wide receiver Jordy Nelson and eventually a few offensive linemen.
With an improving defense, that Football Outsiders ranked ninth in 2015, the Packers may have all of the pieces to finally get back over the hump and return to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2010 season.
They have suffered some heartbreaking losses in the past two post seasons.
In the 2014 NFC championship game the Seattle Seahawks recovered a late onside kick to propel them to the Super Bowl in a game that seemed out of reach. During a 2015 Divisional-round game Aaron Rodgers threw a hail mary to send the Packers to overtime against the Arizona Cardinals. However, they were foiled in overtime after the coin had to be tossed a second time because it didn’t actually flip. Then Larry Fitzgerald proceeded to take the Cardinals down the field virtually by himself, and scored the game-winning touchdown.