By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on September 3, 2014
Aaron Rodgers is clearly one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but he may be down the list of potential MVP candidates for this year after missing significant time with a collarbone injury last season.
Now fully healthy, here are five reasons Rodgers will win league MVP in 2014.
Rodgers can put up all the numbers he wants, but if the Packers' defense struggles the team's win total will keep him out of MVP consideration. Nose tackle B.J. Raji (torn bicep) is out for the season, but offseason additions (S Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and DE Julius Peppers) and a fully healthy season from CB Casey Hayward offer hope for improvement this year.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga has not played in a regular season game since November of 2012 due to a hip injury that ended that season early and a knee injury that sidelined him for all of last season. His return to health will help solidify Green Bay's offensive line.
Rodgers has not had the benefit of a consistent running game, but that should change this year with Eddie Lacy clearly No. 1 on the depth chart. The second-year back from Alabama also offers something as a pass catcher (35 receptions in 2013).
Wide receiver James Jones and tight end Jermichael Finley won't be back this year, but the Packers still have as much skill position talent as any team in the league.
Rodgers missed basically eight games last year with a collarbone injury, and he averaged 313.6 passing yards and more than two passing touchdowns per game in the eight games he started and finished. If he plays all 16 games this year with everyone around him healthy, career-highs across the board are within reach.
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