Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers needs to strongly consider doing something this year that he hasn’t done in four years.

Rodgers will enter the 2022 season dealing with a lot of change. The future Hall of Famer has a couple of new wide receivers to lean on. And he doesn’t have star wide receiver Davante Adams anymore.

The chemistry that Rodgers built with Adams is gone. Now he has to start over with a mostly new cast.

Rodgers, as you can imagine, needs as much practice time as possible with his new wide receivers (Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins). He also needs game reps with those players so the offense will run as smooth as possible when the Packers open the 2022 season on the road against the Minnesota Vikings on September 11.

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay quarterback  (12) and offensive tackle Billy Turner (77) in action against the San Francisco 49ers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

That’s why I think Rodgers needs to play in some preseason games next month for the first time since 2018.

Now, I’m not suggesting he got out there for three or four quarters at any point. But I think it could be beneficial for Rodgers to play a few drives with his new wide receiver group. That way when September comes, it’s not the first time that Rodgers is throwing to Watson and Watkins in an actual game.

The good news is that Green Bay isn’t closing the door on Rodgers seeing some preseason action.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur suggested this week that Rodgers playing in preseason games is “up for discussion”.

We’ll see how this plays out. It’s encouraging that LaFleur is considering using Rodgers in some preseason games, but it’s ultimately going to be up to Rodgers.

I don’t think the Packers’ season hinges on whether or not Rodgers plays during the preseason, but I think it’s something that could help the offense look a bit crisper early in the season.

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