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Rodgers a sitting duck for rushers?

One pass rusher says so...

July 08, 2019 - 2:56 pm

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the NFL's most notorious scramblers. His ability to manipulate the pocket, and make plays outside of it, are second to none. But that greatness comes at a cost -- sacks. 

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that the longer he holds onto the football, the more time the defense has to make him pay. Cincinnati Bengals pass rusher Carl Lawson thinks that, for that reason, Rodgers is one of the easiest signal callers to bag in the league.

"Honestly, I think it's easier to sack Aaron Rodgers than most quarterbacks," Lawson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Monday. "He sits there, and he pats the ball. At the same time, sacking him don't mean nothing if you don't do it for four quarters. You know, he came back against us.

"So, I mean, he's an easier quarterback for me to sack personally, because he sits there, and he probably gets eight to 10 yards in the pocket. He's got a great left tackle in (David Bakhtiari). So, he just sits there, he waits, he waits, getting that read. When he gets sacked, he doesn't get flustered. I only saw him get frustrated maybe one time when I did sack him, which was the third and a half sack that they took off (negated by a penalty)..."

Lawson went on to explain that Rodgers' veteran peers, Tom Brady specifically, are typically quick to release the football -- shrinking the window of opportunity for sack artists to bring down the quarterback. Young quarterbacks, by comparison, receive more protection as part of their offensive schemes, Lawson added. 

But is Rodgers' comfort in the pocket a detriment to his and the team's success? That's another debate. One for fans to decide.