Last season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had one of the best seasons of his career despite leading an offense that had some shortcomings.
The two-time MVP completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 4,428 yards, the third-highest season total of his career, along with 40 touchdowns against seven interceptions.
The Packers ranked in the top 10 in most major offensive categories and fourth in scoring. They won the NFC North with a 10-6 record and made the NFC title game before getting blown out by the Falcons.
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Rodgers posted lofty numbers despite getting limited help from a patchwork running game (No. 20 in the NFL) that saw converted receiver Ty Montgomery lead the team with 457 yards. Rodgers was second with 369 yards. Moreover, a sometimes-leaky offensive line allowed 35 sacks.
But Green Bay has taken great measures to shore up its deficiencies through free agency and the draft.
The Packers signed a pair of tight ends in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks who can help out in the passing game and with protection. The two combined for more than 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns last year. They also signed six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans, who spent 11 seasons with the Saints.
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They drafted some immediate help for the run game as well. Fourth-rounder Jamaal Williams is BYU's all-time leading rusher and he could become the opening-day starter at tailback.
UTEP running back Aaron Jones (fifth round) and Utah State product Devante Mays (seventh) will add depth in the backfield.
Green Bay also landed two receivers in the draft. LSU product Malachi Dupre, who was once regarded as high pick before seeing his stock plummet, was snagged in the seventh round. Dupre has received resounding praise for his performances in minicamp. DeAngelo Yancey from Purdue was taken in the fifth round.
Needless to say, Rodgers should have plenty of weapons at his disposal, and expectations are robust for another top-flight season.
Bookmaker.eu is offering proposition wagers on Rodgers? production for the upcoming NFL season:
Aaron Rodgers total passing touchdowns during 2017-18 NFL regular season
Over 34.5 (-130, risk $130 to win $100)
Under 34.5 (+105, risk $100 to win $105)
Aaron Rodgers total passing yards during 2017-18 NFL regular season
Over 4,350 (-105, risk $105 to win $100)
Under 4,350 (-125, risk $125 to win $100)
Pick: Although it's likely the Packers will strive for more offensive balance, coach Mike McCarthy loves to throw the ball around and he has a willing and capable gunslinger.
Rodgers will have more options and better protection this season, and he doesn?t even have to match last year's success in order to meet these numbers. I would only have the Over on both props.