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Aaron Rodgers Wants To Be Playing For Packers When He Turns 40

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The idea of an NFL player playing into his 40s is not such a crazy idea anymore, especially with the likes of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who just turned 40, still playing at the top of his game.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is 33 years old, was asked what he would like to be doing when he turns 40.

“Hopefully right here,” Rodgers told reporters in front of his locker (h/t ESPN). “Hopefully talking to you guys right here.”

The idea of playing until or past the age of 40 seems realistic to the franchise signal caller.

“I do think it’s realistic,” the 33-year-old Rodgers said.

“I hope it’s in this locker room, though. That would mean it’s been at a high level. Like I said, hopefully Dec. 2 of 2024, help me out, 2023. Thank you.”

Rodgers was around for the tail end of Brett Favre’s career and points to players such as Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter as examples of players who spent their entire career with one team, something Rodgers would like to do.

“It’s being a sports fan and watching some of my favorite all-time players either not finish in the place they started or the place where you fell in love watching them play — or they did,” Rodgers said.

“And seeing how different the memory is of those players as a fan, and seeing some of my favorite players growing finishing up now or have finished up in the last two or three years — the Derek Jeters, the Kobe Bryants, the Tim Duncans — doing it their entire career in one place, that makes things pretty special.

“So again, I’m a realist as well. I have to play well, the team has to want to bring me back, but I’ve said I’d like to finish things here where we started.”

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Packers’ Bryan Bulaga No Longer on Roster Bubble

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Green Bay Packers Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga has been recovering from from his 2017 ACL tear that ended his season and his recovery is said to have been “impressive”, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Buluga entered training camp on the roster bubble, as he was not considered a lock to earn a roster spot, but the 29-year old has been so impressive that he is no longer on the Packers’ roster bubble.

Bulaga is currently on the active/physically unable to perform list but is expected to be ready to go by Week 1 of the regular season.

 

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Packers’ Jake Ryan Suffers Torn ACL

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Jake Ryan has suffered a torn ACL and is likely to miss the entire regular season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ryan, 26, suffered the injury during an 11-on-11 drill during Sunday’s practice and the 26-year old, who was slated to start at middle linebacker, was carted off of the field.

Ryan posted 79 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack last season for Green Bay.

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Packers’ Ty Montgomery Aiming to Prove He Belongs

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Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery was hoping to make a bigger impact in 2017, but with only 273 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, he failed to meet expectations.

The Packers were hoping that Montgomery, who converted to running back from wide receiver, would provide an elite dual threat from the back field, but his low rushing production, coupled with only 23 receptions for one score, certainly didn’t deliver, and Montgomery’s season ended after just 8 game due to wrist and rib injuries.

Montgomery contends that the wrist, which required surgery, was the reason he was shut down in 2017.

“I think there’s a lot of people who assumed or never expected me to be able to do it anyway, but I don’t think a lot of people understand what I was playing through or what I was doing,” Montgomery said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

“And they questioned my durability or my abilities. There’s nothing I can do about breaking my ribs. I don’t know how many guys could play running back with broken ribs. It was just unfortunate. I was ready to have a big year.”

Montgomery will have to put it all together his season, the final year of his rookie contract.

“I feel really good about the running back group,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think Ty’s transition has been pretty special. Not only what he’s done from a position change but you look what he’s done to prepare himself — you look at his body and the added muscle that he’s put on. Ty and just the other young guys, I think it’s going to be a very, very competitive position.”

“I mean, I feel as though I’ve put some good things on film, but every year is a big year,” Montgomery said. “I think what’s important for me now is being healthy and being on the field while healthy. I think it would obviously benefit me if I don’t have to play through an injury and I can just be myself. Having a son in the picture now, my wife and I, I have a new perspective on a lot of things. Call it motivation. Call it whatever you want, but I have a difference in my purpose that feels natural.”

Outside looking in, obviously it sucks to get injured. The positive is before I got injured, the younger guys weren’t getting very many reps. I remember seeing a stat where I had more snaps than any back in the league. The positive that comes from it is now we know what we have in these two guys.

“It opened up the conversation of what more can we do with Ty? I think that’s a positive that comes from this. He doesn’t just have to play running back; he can do both.”

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