Aaron Rodgers said his muscle mass feels as strong as ever, but there is a sense of urgency for the Packers to bulk up their offensive production.
After Jordy Nelson's season-ending ACL injury in the preseason, Rodgers went on to complete just 60.7 percent of his passes in the 2015-16 regular season, his lowest mark since taking over as the starter in Green Bay for Brett Favre. Rodgers also had his lowest QB rating (92.7) as a starter.
Nelson's absence played a role in those numbers, most notably in the play-action pass and yards-after-catch categories.
"We had a lot of single receiver or two receiver max-protection plays with him taking some shots down the field, and when you're hitting those 60-, 70-, 80-yard chunk plays, it's going to make your play-action stats, averages and touchdowns look a lot better," Rodgers said. "Getting him back and also getting some other guys to do some of the same stuff, so the pressure isn't all on him to run those routes."
Nelson announced Tuesday he suffered a setback in his recovery by injuring his left knee, his non-surgically repaired knee that cost him last season.
The improved health of Eddie Lacy could lead to more big-play opportunities for the pass-catching group.
"The run game has been pretty consistent, we had a good two-headed monster last year with (James Starks) and Eddie,"Rodgers said. "It starts with that in order to play-action well."