Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, described Friday as the “best thrower” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has ever seen, still has plenty left in his right arm.
The 37-year-old’s right leg and left leg, however, aren’t functioning as well in his 17th NFL season. The Packers quarterback was teased by a Green Bay reporter Monday night after his passing-clinic performance in a 35-17 win over the Lions included a plodding rushing line: 4 carries, 6 yards.
“It’s tough getting old,” Rodgers said, smiling. “You see some of these openings and you think you’re going to take off …”
Rodgers, who ranks 10th in NFL history in rushing yards among QBs, then turned serious as he thought beyond the game just finished to the challenge ahead: Sunday night’s game against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, where he was dropped for eight sacks in two blowout losses during the 2019 season that included a 37-20 defeat in the NFC Championship Game.
He said he was more conscious against Detroit about moving better in the pocket and extending plays with his legs “when the time was right.”
“I think I did some OK things with that,” Rodgers said. “But we’re going to have to keep doing it next week. It’s obviously a fearsome pass rush. So I’ll have to be as agile as I can. Maybe rush for seven yards next week.”
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