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Cheese Curds, 5/23: Aaron Rodgers’ & receivers’ brains drive Packers’ offense

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Processing speed and the ability to anticipate and read defenses go a long way towards making an offense successful.

NFL: Green Bay Packers-Practice Adam Wesley-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that for years, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been one of the most intelligent and aware players on any football field. Indeed, his ability to know and understand the Packers’ playbook inside and out and his ability to process information quickly allows him to make countless adjustments at the line of scrimmage, read defenses before and during a play, catch opposing teams with too many men on the field, and generally drive the Packers’ offense with great success.

Having receivers who can make these on-the-fly adjustments is a big factor as well, and perhaps that is why Rodgers had such a great connection with Jordy Nelson for so long. However, the Packers apparently felt that Nelson’s physical abilities had deteriorated enough to outweigh his mental acuity, resulting in his release earlier this offseason.

The team’s biggest acquisition this spring is impressing his quarterback early on, though, showing a similar ability to adjust to defenses in just the first few practices of OTAs. Combining Jimmy Graham with Davante Adamswho earned praise from his head coach on Tuesday for being a student of the game — and Randall Cobb should give the team quite the cerebral receiver group once again and hopefully will result in another top-five season for the Packers’ offense.

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