Florham Park – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers feels the NFL needs to cut down on the amount of preseason games.
Rodgers said this after losing one of his favorite targets, WR Jordy Nelson, to a season-ending knee injury in a preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“It’s difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game,” Rodgers said. “I think a lot of players around the league probably do [want to eliminate it]. At least cut it down, maybe, to a couple.”
I asked Jets quarterback Ryan Fitpatrick, who has been in the league a decade, what he thinks about the length of the preseason, and he had a slightly different take than Rodgers.
“I think everybody’s situation is different,” Fitzpatrick said. “Aaron has been in the league in the same offense with a lot of the same guys. For me, a lot of years, like when I was in Buffalo a second and third year, I didn’t really look forward to the preseason. The last few years for me, being in a new system with new guys, it’s kind of nice to get out there and try to get comfortable with everybody. It stinks to lose anybody in a meaningless game. I’d certainly be frustrated in losing a player of Jordy’s (Nelson) caliber, but I think (the preseason is) something that we still need unfortunately.”
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