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EJ seeking NFL veteran wisdom

Posted by Chris Brown on July 2, 2013 – 6:53 am

Bills rookie QB EJ Manuel said he didn’t plan to take any off days during his six weeks between the end of Bills minicamp and training camp. In addition to physical training he’s apparently seeking some quarterbacking wisdom from NFL veteran signal callers as well.

Manuel on his Twitter account publicly thanked Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers for his time as the two apparently had a good conversation about football in a face-to-face meeting.

Manuel is physically talented, but respects the game enough to know there’s a lot he has to learn at the NFL level about quarterbacking. It’s a good sign that he’s trying to soak up all he can from those that excel at his position.


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Aaron Rodgers on Brohm

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2010 – 9:19 am

This Sunday will mark the first trip back to Green Bay for Brian Brohm since he was signed off the Packers practice squad by Buffalo early last season. Packers starting QB Aaron Rodgers was asked for his thoughts on Brohm having spent a couple of preseasons with him.

“I think Brian is a very smart kid and he understands the game,” said Rodgers. “He’s been around the game his entire life with his brother being a player and coach. He really got a great opportunity to grow around football and is a student of the game.”


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Rodgers not asked about Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2010 – 3:27 pm

Aaron Rodgers was teammates with Bills RB Marshawn Lynch in college at Cal, and with rumors swirling about the Packers looking to add a running back after losing Ryan Grant to a season-ending ankle injury, he was asked if his club asked him about Lynch as a teammate.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Rodgers said he has not been asked about Marshawn by the front office, but if he was he’d have a three word answer.

Bring him on,” said Rodgers.

The Packers as an organization can’t say anything about a player under contract with another team, otherwise it’s considered tampering, so no one should anticipate anything public on this front.

Furthermore, Chan Gailey sounded pleased that he has three talented running backs in his backfield.

“Opinions vary as to whether there are too many or not. Obviously in preseason we didn’t have too many,” said Gailey. “I know Green Bay wishes they had one more than they had. Everybody has got opinions about what’s right and we feel like having the three we have right now is a very good situation for us. We have to continue to get better with each one of them and see how their roles play out as the year goes on. This is a situation in the NFL where you can’t have too many good running backs sometimes.”


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QB Rodgers a precedent for Tebow

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2010 – 8:05 am

While the debate rages leading up to the NFL Draft as to whether Tim Tebow can completely revamp his throwing motion and still be a successful NFL QB, Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress reminds everyone that another QB, that is now arguably one of the five best in football, had similar issues not too long ago.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Childress explained Tebow’s situation and how Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers made the dramatic transition that Tebow is undertaking.

“Aaron Rodgers was a complete re-do in his throwing motion from Cal, where people didn’t like his stroke and how the ball came out. And he’s doing fine,” Childress told the Philadelphia Daily News. “Can it be done? It can be done. It’s just a matter of if you as a coach and you as a coaching staff feel like you can fix it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It only takes one person to like him, and they’re going to do everything in their power to make it right.”

What should be noted is that Rodgers did not take the field as the full time starter until his fourth season, affording him a ton of time to not only perfect his throwing motion, but to also learn his offensive system and gain a season’s worth of experience in the preseason (16 games over 4 years).

A team that won’t have to throw Tebow out on the field as a rookie would be the best situation for the Gators QB to succeed. As good as even his most ardent supporters believe he is it will still take time.


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