Aaron Rodgers looking like the shoo-in for MVP

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-Brady VanDeurzen

NFL Network’s Top 100 players list just wrapped up last week, and Aaron Rodgers was ranked at No. 6.

Although the rank is a slight decrease from last year’s No. 2 rank, Rodgers still falls in the Top 10, despite his “down season” in 2016.

Rodgers stats were comparatively down from previous seasons, however his stats were very similar to the 2015 MVP Cam Newton.

With only 16 less passing yards than Newton, Rodgers “down year” doesn’t seem so “down.”

In fact, Rodgers threw for 2 less interceptions in 2015, despite not having star wide-out Jordy Nelson.

With Nelson expected to be 100% by the start of the season, it is likely that Rodgers will return to the yardage numbers that we expect out of the two-time MVP; the addition of versatile TE Jared Cook will also be a potential yardage booster for Rodgers as well.

Jared Cook is an intriguing TE that many Packer fans are hoping Will have a burst out 2016 season with the Packers. Standing at a towering 6-foot-5, and weighing 254 pounds, many people would be surprised by his 4.5 second, 40-yard dash time. Cook provides a BIG body, that also will provide a burst of speed on seam routes.

Cook adds to an, already, explosive offense, players like Randall Cobb, Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery, and a revitalized Eddie Lacy will look to excel from last year’s substandard performances.

Blending this offense together will be Rodgers’ job, and from previous years, it is clear that Rodgers knows how to command and regroup an offense.

The Packers offense has a lot of hype surrounding it for the 2016 season, with analysts and critics alike boasting that the Packers are set for a record-breaking year in 2016 Rodgers himself may break some of his personal bests.

With all of the weapons that the Packers’ revitalized offense will have in 2016, it is difficult to see how the man at the helm won’t thrive. And although some people believe that Aaron Rodgers is ‘declining,’ I believe that Rodgers will be atop the MVP list for a majority of the 2016 season.

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