Anyone who watched Aaron Rodgers slice up Washington last weekend saw a quarterback operating at peak power.
The starry Green Bay signal-caller “has looked as sharp as ever during training camp,” per longtime Packers scribe Rob Demovsky. That partly boils down to how Rodgers treated his throwing arm during the offseason.
“I took a break from throwing for about a month. I kind of let my arm come all the way back,” Rodgers said, per ESPN. “It’s felt good this year, as usual. But my legs, I think, have felt better the last couple years than maybe the previous couple years, probably due to the training and maybe eating better. I think when your legs are underneath you and you’re throwing from the ground up, you’re probably going to be a little more accurate.”
Taking an approach similar to that of Carson Palmer — another 30-something passer angling to preserve power — Rodgers put his arm in bubble wrap following June practices.
“When we break from OTAs, I’ll [usually] take a couple weeks and then get back into it,” Rodgers said. “This year I took most of the summer and just relaxed.”
During Tuesday’s session, the All-Pro quarterback whipped a 55-yard touchdown strike — almost entirely airborne — to wideout Trevor Davis, per Demovsky. Against the Redskins, Rodgers casually dissected the opponent with an array of finely crafted lobs and heat-seekers. It was a scary sight for anyone drawing paychecks from the Lions, Vikings and Bears.
As more and more quarterbacks begin to test Father Time in a way past gunslingers never imagined, players like Palmer and Rodgers — and, of course, Tom Brady — are looking toward diet, health, wellness and strategic rest for newfound life on the field.
In the case of Rodgers, it all seems to point to another monster season at Lambeau.