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Cheese Curds, 2/6: Aaron Rodgers can take advantage of early start to offseason program

With no surgery required on his knee, the Packers’ most important player will be ready to go in about two months when the team gets a head start on offseason workouts.

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With a new head coach in their employ, the Green Bay Packers will be able to get a head start on the 2019 NFL season relative to most other teams in the league. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that teams with new head coaches get to begin their offseason workout programs on April 1st, two weeks earlier than other teams.

In those two weeks, the team will be able to begin teaching and installing a new scheme on offense, which will be the first time that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has to start fresh since the team hired Mike McCarthy in 2006, his second season as a pro. The Packers are also eligible to hold a non-mandatory veteran minicamp sometime in April, which should give Rodgers and his receivers an early chance to start learning the offense on the field instead of just in the classroom.

With all this in mind, it appears to be a good thing that Rodgers’ injured knee did not need surgery. He spoke to the media about it and says he feels good, and on his current rehab schedule he should not have to miss any portion of the program. That’s good news for Rodgers and great news for the Packers overall.

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