Aaron Rodgers led the Packers within a few minutes of the Super Bowl last season and taking the next step this season would surely be easier with two healthy calves.
Rodgers was down to one after getting hurt late last season, but he remained in the lineup and remained effective despite the negative effect that the injury had on his mobility. Rodgers missed that ability to take evasive action, however, and is feeling good this season now that he can maneuver around the pocket without trouble.
“I’m back to playing the way I like to play, which is to extend plays when I can and get rid of it when I need to,” Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. “[If] I have an opportunity to escape the pocket and create a different angle, then I’m going to. It’s nice to be back. I trained hard this offseason to keep the speed and keep my body in shape where I can have the endurance to have multiple plays like that in a game. And it definitely adds a different element to our offense.”
Rodgers says he has “zero inhibitions” on the field and the Packers don’t seem to have any either after playing Rodgers 33 snaps in the first preseason game, which featured a preview of the more mobile Rodgers that has made nightmares for opposing defenses for many years.