We can all breathe a sigh of relief – the idea for the Jacksonville Jaguars has met the approval of none other than Aaron Rodgers. I say this with a bit of sarcasm (as if that wasn’t apparent), but the best mobile quarterback in the game according to Lindy’s Sports, has put his two cents in about letting the third overall selection in May’s NFL Draft sit a season and learn from the sideline.
In a story by Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, Rodgers went through the same thing, playing in only seven games in his first three seasons after the Packers took him with the 24th overall selection in the 2005 NFL draft. Playing early makes sense for a rookie quarterback if the team has talent around him, Rodgers said.
What they are doing has a lot of merit," Rodgers told SportsonEarth.com's Dan Pompei. "Some of these guys who are going to bad teams are expected to play well right away. It's hard to do that. I've seen a couple guys able to do it. [Ben] Roethlisberger was able to do it. He had a team kind of around him. [Joe] Flacco had some success early, but he had a team kind of in place. You go to a place that has some pieces and you can have some success early. But if you go to a team that doesn't have the pieces ... it can really mess with your confidence."
With training camp a month away and the teams in the NFL getting away from the practice field, there are sure to be differing opinions on whether the 4-12 Jaguars should sit a $20 million passer in his first season. But one thing is for sure – Chad Henne will open the season (barring injury) behind center in Philadelphia.
Now that the team’s quarterback situation is a bit more settled, the coaching staff and management can look at other positions where veterans will have to work hard to keep their jobs. An improved roster and more competition means there are not a lot of positions open for battle. Yes, some veterans will be cut and there might be some surprises.