GREEN BAY [url=]Josh Jackson Color Rush Jersey[/url] , Wis. 鈥?Aaron Rodgers‘ last trip to Minnesota altered the course of a promising season for the Green Bay Packers.He聽broke his right collarbone聽in Week 6 in 2017 on a hit out of the pocket by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. After a 4-1 start, the Packers stumbled the rest of the way and missed the playoffs.Maybe things will change for the better this time for the Packers when Rodgers returns to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, his first road game against the Vikings since the collarbone injury. At 4-5-1, the Packers desperately need a win to keep their postseason hopes alive.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinProtecting QB Aaron Rodgers will be Packers’ priority vs. BearsPackers place starting guard Bell on IR, sign OL SiragusaStaTuesday: Packers’ Rodgers sets record with INT-free streakPackers Snap Counts: Patrick shows fight in first startUpon Further Review: Packers vs. Falcons“Yeah, obviously I think about that day, it was a tough day, especially going out there early in the game and the way we were rolling on offense and as a team through the first five games,” Rodgers said after practice Wednesday. “But I feel good. My body feels good.”Different season, different injury.Rodgers is getting better after hurting his left knee in the season opener this year against Chicago. In his first game after that injury in Week 2, the Packers and Vikings聽tied at 29聽.There have been challenging times since then for Green Bay. Rodgers’ mobility was initially limited after the injury, but that has improved.“I’m able to move around the way I want to move around. It’s been a frustrating season at times injury-wise,” Rodgers said. “But you don’t think about getting hurt. You just think about playing and trying to avoid some of those hits outside the pocket.”The Packers are winless in five road games this season. Part of the problem is they haven’t been consistent in third-down situations. (19th in NFL). Now they face the league’s best defense on third down.7View Gallery Gallery:Upon Further Review: Packers at SeahawksAP | AP“We want to win games and we’ve won a lot around here. We’ve got to find a way to get back on track,” receiver Randall Cobb said this week.Not having Cobb in the lineup of late because of a hamstring injury has taken away a trusted option. Cobb might be closer to returning after being limited in practice on Wednesday.“Well it hurts Randall not playing,” Rodgers said. “His ability in the slot is why he’s stuck around the league for so long, and will long after this year.”Tight end Jimmy Graham broke a thumb during the first half of last week’s loss at Seattle, though coach Mike McCarthy has said that Graham intends to try to play through the injury. Receiver Geronimo Allison is also on injured reserve with a groin issue.That’s three of Rodgers’ top targets hurt, meaning the Packers have had to rely on rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown more in the passing game.Jake Kumerow, a star in training camp who showed chemistry with Rodgers before the receiver landed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury [url=][/url] , returned to practice Wednesday. He could be a step closer to being activated.“He’s a talented guy and I think most of us were wondering if he was going to be back on the field this year,” Rodgers said.INJURY REPORTS Kentrell Brice (ankle) was a limited participant. Among those missing practice were CB Bashaud Breeland (groin), S Raven Greene (ankle), CB Kevin King (hamstring) and LB Nick Perry (knee). The Maryland standout plays with attitude and aggression, but it doesn’t make him reckless. Some added speed gives Darnell Savage the upside to be both reliable and dynamic." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Advicereckless. Some added speed gives Darnell Savage the upside to be both reliable and dynamic. CDTShareTweetShareShareDarnell Savage brings stability, speed, and upside to the Packers’ safety groupToo often, playmaking safeties sacrifice reliability for splash plays. Darnell Savage appears to be the rare case of a player who can do both. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsDarnell Savage Jr’s highlight package shows the sizzle, but the Green Bay Packers’ 21-year-old first-round pick boasts the steak to go along with it. Savage resembled a heat-seeking missile at Maryland, breaking up passes, flying downhill to light up ball carriers, and making plays in the back end. Designing a player to fit next to Adrian Amos in just about any defense would likely result in a player with Savage’s game — someone who could cover in the slot, defend the run, and play in the back end where Amos’ relative lack of speed and playmaking ability would be balanced. But don’t take that to imply that Amos as Steady Eddy means Savage will be a high-variance player in the NFL. He likely will be as a rookie because, well, he’s a rookie. That’s not who Savage was in college, however. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Savage hasn’t given up a touchdown since 2016 [url=]Jake Ryan Jersey[/url] , going two full seasons without allowing a score despite playing in coverage all over the field for the Terrapins. Savage scored more touchdowns (two) than he allowed in 2017 and 2018 combined. That doesn’t portend a high-variance risk taker on the back end. There’s also reason to believe Savage could be even better in each area moving forward. Tom Silverstein reported Savage shaved more than .15 off his 40 time in the lead up to the draft by re-shaping his body. He leaned up, added explosiveness and went from a player running in the 4.5’s to someone who posted a ridiculous 4.36 at the combine, one of just a handful of safeties in the league to run a 4.4 40 or faster. Players often shave off time simply by improving their form, nuances of the sprint itself etc. On the other hand, better form and a little extra quick twitch muscle no doubt translates to faster play on the field. If what we saw at Maryland was a guy playing at 4.5 and if he’s more like a 4.4 guy now — let alone 4.36 — that split-second could be the difference between a catch and a pass defensed, between a breakup and an interception.Combine those two premises and the Packers have a player who could become even more reliable in the back end once he gets up to speed with the NFL. It’s hard to give up touchdowns or big plays with that kind of explosiveness, provided Savage uses it in the correct direction. That added burst should also make it easier for him to create the kind of splash plays that became an essential part of his game in college as someone with 7 interceptions and 11 passes defended over the last two seasons. Putting that level of work in likewise reflects well on Savage’s worth ethic and character. Such commitment provides no assurances Savage will be a good player, but offers evidence that he’s going to put in the work to get better. Upside isn’t just about athletic ability, of which Savage has plenty, but also, importantly, the determination from a player to put in the work to get better. If the Packers are getting someone even more gifted than they believed, a player who already flashed reliability and dynamic playmaking ability, it follows they’ll have faith in him to improve each of those areas moving forward. If he can, Green Bay solidifies a position of need since Nick Collins’ career was cut short and Brian Gutekunst will have hit on another swaggering, speedy defensive back in the first round.