Packers: What to expect from an aging Aaron Rodgers in 2022
By David Ruiz
The year is 2011 and the Green Bay Packers have just defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in an epic contest in Super Bowl XLV. The sky is the limit for 27-year-old quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who replaced the legendary Brett Favre three seasons prior.
However, the NFL becomes a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately for every player who suits up. And that microscope looms larger for franchise quarterbacks.
With athletes becoming stronger, fast, and most importantly, more durable than ever before, quarterbacks are playing longer than ever before.
While the bar continues to be moved by the ageless Tom Brady in terms of a quarterback playing at a high level well into their 40s, Rodgers could also follow Brady’s steps in the same grace.
Aaron Rodgers continues to age like fine wine
As Rodgers nears his age-40 season during the end of the 2023 season, Rodgers has already cemented his legacy in both Green Bay and NFL lore. The reigning back-to-back league MVP will look for his fifth overall MVP in 2023.
With the departure of Davante Adams this past offseason, an unproven wide receiver crop, and still searching for that second Super Bowl victory, Rodgers thrives when his back is up against the wall.
Now before you say, “well, he chokes in the postseason,” Rodgers continues to put up numbers that other franchises dream of.
Since his 2017 season, Rodgers has thrown for over 16,000 yards, 100 touchdowns, and a ridiculous 21 interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers has remained relatively healthy
The older you get, the more your body aches. Throw in the extreme punishment NFL players take every week and the health of Rodgers has become a focal point in the team’s success.
When your star quarterback remains healthy and plays in 16 — now 17 — games for an entire season, the greater the chance is to win in January.
Early on and roughly the middle of Rodgers’ career, getting a full season became an issue. Whether it’s concussions, broken clavicles, or as recent as COVID-19, there have been seasons Rodgers has missed time and it cost the team.
With a relatively healthy Rodgers these days, the need for Jordan Love becomes farther away, the best product gets put on the field and the field general goes to work.
Predicting Aaron Rodgers’ stat line for 2022
Rodgers has benefitted from profitable receivers during his tenure from Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, and Adams, to now banking on the future of Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson, and Allen Lazard.
Rodgers has averaged 34 touchdowns and 4,100 yards since Matt LaFleur took over in 2019. However, losing Adams — who was the main contributor during those years — will heavily affect Rodgers numbers in 2022.
Rodgers stat line predictions 2022
- 3,800 yards
- 32 total touchdowns
- 5 interceptions