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"CRAZY AS IT sounds, I think Aaron Rodgers's numbers will get better. He took his game to another level last year, and now he gets tight end Jermichael Finley back. If Rodgers stays upright and avoids the concussions that briefly knocked him out last season, teams better beware. The only thing that could bring down his numbers a little would be the healthy return of running back Ryan Grant. He was a 1,200-yard back in 2008 and '09 before missing almost all of last season with an ankle injury.
James Starks may be the most talented of the running backs. After what he did in the playoffs [78.8-yard average], expect the Packers to use him much more often. ... The playing time of rookie Alex Green may come down to the health of Grant and Starks.
Because of the depth, I think the coaches will spread out the carries among the backs so you're not going to have someone stand out.
Greg Jennings is one of the best receivers in the league. He'll get the ball down the field and will catch the ball in the red zone too.
The coaches have been trying to get aging receiver Donald Driver off the field for a while, but he's just too good. If anyone is going to take playing time away from him, it's going to be Jordy Nelson, whose role and production will increase. ... Rookie Randall Cobb provides a lot of versatility. ... James Jones has issues with drops.
At tight end Finley is a dynamic player who should have no problem returning from the knee injury that knocked him out of 11 games last year. Few tight ends, if any, will have better numbers than him."
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