Aaron Rodgers is one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. But one of his greatest skills is identifying free play opportunities and taking advantage of them.
In the third quarter of the Packers’ season opener against the Seahawks, Seattle was in the middle of a defensive substitution when Rodgers saw his chance, and he took it. While linebacker Terence Garvin is still trotting off the field, Rodgers calls for the snap and launches a 32-yard pass to Jordy Nelson in the end zone.
Coach Mike Tomlin said he tried to be “thoughtful” about Bell’s workload, considering his absence.
When asked about any apparent Bell rust, coach Mike Tomlin cited the team’s 13 penalties for 144 yards.
“That put us behind the chains and minimized the running game,” Tomlin said. “Write that.”
Bell is known to get stronger as games progress, and he showed a glimpse of that with a 15-yard gain on the Steelers’ final drive that helped seal the game. That’s why Bell wouldn’t mind more touches in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
“I wanted to help the team win, so I want to feel involved at all times,” Bell said.
“I think ownership and sometimes fans specifically think whoever is the next guy has never missed a draft pick and maybe never will,” said Mark Dominik, who was Tampa Bay’s general manager from 2009-13. “When you bring a person (to interview), there’s going to automatically be this, ‘Well, he missed on a second-rounder,’ or, ‘This draft class didn’t pan out.’