Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says his arms and legs feel fresh, which he attributes to coming into camp in the best shape of his career and to a reduced workload.
Rodgers is on a snap count in training camp for the first time in his nine-year career.
“It’s been a lot lighter, and I’ve appreciated it,” Rodgers said, according to Packers.com. “Last year there were times when (the first-team offense) took 60 out of 70 snaps in practice. That’s tough for anybody, whether you’re in year one or year eight.”
Despite injuries to two of Rodgers top wide receivers – Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb – the 29-year-old signal caller has found his rhythm and timing sooner this year and says he’s “having a blast” leading a young team.
“I feel like I’m where I should be,” Rodgers said. “I’m the longest tenured Packer here. I’ve seen a lot. I’m playing obviously fast, but my mind is slow, which is where you want to be when you’re in live drills.
“I like the vibe of this team. I like the atmosphere surrounding this locker room.”
With Dujuan Harris, Alex Green, James Starks and Eddie Lacy in the backfield, Rodgers feels that his passing statistics will decline this season.
“You look at the guys we’ve got in the backfield this year, it’s probably the best running back (group) we’ve had in my nine years as a whole,” he said. “That could mean the (passing) numbers might go down a little bit, but the most important thing, as we’ve stressed to the guys on offense, it’s about winning and playing well.
“If we can have a balanced attack this year, I think that means sustained, consistent play, and that’s what we’re looking for.”
The Packers travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams Saturday.