Having played with both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Packers receiver Greg Jennings says he leans toward Rodgers as the better quarterback.
“They both bring different things to the table, but honestly right now I definitely have to go with . . . Aaron, his body of work at such a young age, his attention to detail, his discipline, I think it’s really second to none — its un-paralleled,” Jennings told Ian O’Connor on ESPN New York 1050.
It’s easy to see why Jennings would be happier with Rodgers, because he’s catching more passes from Rodgers. In two seasons as one of Favre’s starting receivers, Jennings averaged 49 catches for 776 yards. In four seasons with Rodgers, Jennings has averaged 73 catches for 1,155 yards.
But is it really fair to say Rodgers has a superior body of work to Favre? After all, Favre played 20 seasons, won the MVP award at the end of three of those seasons, and still has about 55,000 more career passing yards than Rodgers.
What Jennings is really saying is that Rodgers is playing at a higher level right now than Favre ever played at, and that’s a reasonable assessment.
“You haven’t really found a QB that has done it the way [Rodgers] has done it,” Jennings said. “I mean you have the young guys that are coming out and they’re making a huge impact in this game . . . but his attention to detail and his discipline to be perfect or so close to perfect I think that’s really going to separate himself . . . his study habits are . . . they speak volume for themselves.”
And that’s why Jennings is speaking up for Rodgers.