Top 20 Quarterbacks: #2 Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers’ passes are what you would call long handoffs. At least that’s what they look like. There is nothing better than watching Rodgers send a missile 60 yards downfield that hits his receiver between the numbers as easily as if he was standing right next to the guy. Along with Andrew Luck, Rodgers is the most physically gifted quarterback in the NFL. He is the perfect blend of a pocket passer who has the ability to escape and make plays with his legs.

Rodgers’ quick release is one major reason why he’s so special. The ball is often out of hands before the defense has time to react. It’s a compact release too, which means there aren’t many moving parts. He’s able to replicate his mechanics on a regular basis, and this is something that leads to consistent accuracy.

Rodgers is arguably the most accurate downfield passer in the NFL. As we said earlier, his throws downfield look like long handoffs, precise and directly inserted into his receivers’ chests. Because of his agility, quick release, and cannon of an arm, Rodgers has been able to thrive behind a subpar offensive line. He’s been able to escape pressure regularly, and when he moves he always maintains a downfield focus. He can be in trouble one second, escape the next, and just the blink of an eye later find a receiver 40 yards across the field. He makes defenders have to cover the entire football field, and this is one of the reasons why he is so special.

Rodgers has always had good receivers, but like the other great quarterbacks in the league, he isn’t successful because he relies on them to get wide open. In fact, it’s the other way around. Rodgers’ pinpoint accuracy means receivers who would otherwise be covered are actually open (this is a trend among the league’s best signal callers).

Now that he finally has a good running game to alleviate some of the pass rush pressure he usually faces, Rodgers has a chance to lead Green Bay back to the top of the NFC and into the Super Bowl this season. If he can stay healthy, it would not be a surprise to see the Packers in Arizona come February.

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