The final member of the Green Bay Packers to appear on NFL Network’s annual Top 100 Players list is Aaron Rodgers, who was announced at No. 6 on Wednesday night. The quarterback came in second a year ago following the completion of his second MVP season.
Statistically, 2015 represented a down year for Rodgers. His completion percentage (60.7) and yards per attempt (6.7) were both career lows. His 3,821 passing yards also mark the lowest total for Rodgers in a season with 16 appearances. That production downturn, along with the general struggles of the Green Bay offense, likely contributed to the signal-caller dropping on the list.
At the same time, Rodgers had no shortage of great moments in 2015. His successful Hail Mary throws against the Detroit Lions in Week 13 and the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs rank among the greatest throws of all time (and finished first and second respectively in Acme Packing Company’s annual top-10 play countdown).
Moreover, with the offense decimated by injuries all season -- the receiving corps and offensive line saw multiple players go down -- and Eddie Lacy’s weight issues reducing his effectiveness, Rodgers probably played about as well as realistically possible, even for a two-time MVP. As such, his peers still consider him one of the best players in the league.