Aaron Rodgers voted number six on top 100 NFL players for 2013; Adrian Peterson voted first By Bob Wolfley of the Journal Sentinel June 28, 2013 Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was ranked number six on the NFL Network’s list of the “Top 100 Players of 2013” as determined by a vote of NFL players. In voting last year, Rodgers was ranked number one. This year, the number one player in the voting was Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson. Voted number five this year was Pewaukee’s J.J. Watt, the defensive end for the Texans. The NFL Network unveiled the order of the top ten players in the voting on Thursday night: 1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB 2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, QB 3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, WR 4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, QB 5. J.J.
Choose Your QB: Peyton Manning vs. Aaron Rodgers
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Take away three key pieces from the Packers’ Super Bowl-winning team of just three seasons ago, and it’s little wonder why what’s left of the relative old guard has been singing a “put up or shut up” tune this offseason. “Guys know there’s a short window for a team to be as good as we are, and you have to make the most of those – and that’s by winning championships,” sixth-year wideout Jordy Nelson said. “We know we’ve been close (the last two years), we know we’ve had the team (to contend for more titles), but came up short.” The notable personnel losses since the end of last season notwithstanding, the Packers remain the team to beat in the NFC North and should be in the conversation for conference-title contenders. The reshaped offense still is formidable with Rodgers at the controls and may finally have some balance to it with the additions of highly regarded running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in the draft. The Woodson-less defense also has some young reinforcements in the wake of the horrific 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Strengths: Rodgers inflicted most of his damage on opposing defenses last season – 4,295 passing yards, 39 touchdowns to only eight interceptions, league-best 108.0 passer rating – without an injury-riddled Jennings and a sparingly used Driver on the field. “It was me, Jordy and Randall (Cobb),” James Jones said of the guys who gave Rodgers a trusted and productive receiving corps in 2012. Those three playmakers are ready to break out even more in the coming season. “I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this (locker) room,” Jones added. “I believe me, Randall and Jordy, if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000.
Rodgers is suddenly most experienced Packer
Here’s a week-by-week fantasy breakdown of Manning vs. Rodgers, just in case you’re torn on which quarterback to grab in Round Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey 1: Week 1Manning (vs. Baltimore) over Rodgers (@ San Francisco) Week 2Manning (@ N.Y. Giants) over Rodgers (vs. Washington) Week 3Manning (vs. Oakland) over Rodgers (@ Cincinnati) Week 4Manning (vs. Philadelphia) over Rodgers (BYE) Week 5Rodgers (vs. Detroit) over Manning (@ Dallas) Week 6Manning (vs. Jacksonville) over Rodgers (@ Baltimore) Week 7Manning (@ Indianapolis) over Rodgers (vs. Cleveland) Week 8Rodgers (@ Minnesota) over Manning (vs.