Owczarski: Having Rodgers for practice on Thursday signifies something

September 27, 2018
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If you were to say the Buffalo Bills were to start the 2018 season at 2-2 through the first four games, many would have thought that was going to be highly unlikely. However, after an ugly start to the season at 0-2, the Bills have the chance on Sunday to rebound and get back to 2-2 with a win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

The Packers have been atop the NFC North on a consistent basis when quarterback Aaron Rodgers has remained healthy, but the veteran signal caller has been banged up since Week 1 with a knee injury and has been hampered because of it. Green Bay currently sits with a 1-1-1 record after losing to the Washington Redskins last week on the road in the nation's capital.

Jim Owczarski from the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin took the time on Thursday to join Mike Schopp and the Bulldog to give us a better look at the Packers and who they are are after the first three weeks of the season. 

Here is some of what he had to say:


On Aaron Rodgers practicing during the week for the first time since his knee injury: 

"The reason why this is significant is the last two weeks, he has not practiced at all other than on Saturday... He's missed whatever Monday work and Wednesday and Thursday work."

"The fact he was out there [Thursday], their biggest workload day where they're in pads, that signifies something. Especially a day after head coach Mike McCarthy admitted that not having Aaron Rodgers is affecting the whole team in practice." 


On how much Rodgers has been affected by the knee injury suffered in Week One: 

"It has been very evident. He's been under center just a handful of times over two weeks. They almost run exclusively out of the shotgun, all of their run plays have come out of the pistol. He has been probably more mobile the last two weeks than Minnesota and Washington had anticipated, however, it hasn't been great. He can get the 7 yards for a first down or 4 yards but it's not the Aaron Rodgers that... can cover 18 yards, 20 yards in a blink." 

"Some of the situational football - third downs, red zone - not very sharp. He even admitted he missed throws against Washington... There have been some passes that are a little low or didn't quite get all the way there." 


On the roughing the passer calls against Clay Matthews for three straight weeks: 

"I'll give Clay a lot of credit for not losing his mind at any of these post game sessions... They feel that this has identified them through three games. You think Green Bay Packers, usually it's Aaron Rodgers and the offense but no, it's Clay Matthews and unnecessary roughness and how do we hit somebody? So, there is a frustration there..."


You can listen to the entire interview below: