Since Rodgers took over had 345 different offensive personnel combinations in 2007 (second in the NFL), 350 in 2008 (fourth), 362 in 2009 (first), 334 in 2010 (fourth) and 439 (first) in 2011. Last year, when the no-huddle offense became a staple, the Packers used only 303 lineups, which was sixth in the league but appreciably down despite a rash of injuries.
“As a receiver, you get into the flow of the game,” Nelson said. “When we had all the depth here with Greg and Drive, you’d go in for one possession, out one possession, in one. So, you never got in the rhythm.
“It’s good to be out there getting comfortable. You get used to the DB you’re going (against). That’s one thing about the no-huddle. We stay on our side of the ball so you’re constantly going against the same guy. We like it and it allows Aaron to have a lot of freedom to make sure that we’re in a good play every time and allows us more opportunities to make plays.”
And, rack up more yards.
“That’s a high bar, that’s a pretty high bar there,” Rodgers said of three 1,000-yard receivers. “(But) I think it’s possible. We have some great weapons, we’ve been throwing it around a lot the first two games. It just depends on how teams are going to play us. Obviously we’ve got to complement our passing game with our running game – we had a 100-yard rusher (last week), which was exciting for everybody – and we need to have that balance. If you have that balance, you’re going to have the opportunity to spread it around a little bit.
“I told the guys, I reminded them, ‘I’m going to go through my progressions and I’m going to throw to the open guy and the high-percentage throw.’ Some games, it might be a few targets and some games it could be 15. But to those guys credit, they run their routes to win all the time and they’re incredible after the catch. It’s my job to put the ball in the proper number and the proper spot and allow them to make some plays after the catch. If it shakes down that they’re (all) around 1,000 at the end of the year, then so be it.”
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