Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt predicted Aaron Rodgers would be rusty when he came off injured reserve to play against Carolina, so he wasn’t completely surprised when the Green Bay Packers quarterback threw three interceptions. All three were underthrown and two of them would have been touchdowns if Rodgers had put the right touch on the ball. Van Pelt said it was mostly a result of Rodgers not having the repetition of throwing those routes week after week. Rodgers had practiced for two weeks before the game and made some strong throws, but he lacked the consistency he had before breaking his collarbone in Week 5 at Minnesota. “You hear him say he’s going to miss some and make more than he does, and unfortunately those two that he underthrew could’ve been potentially big plays,” Van Pelt said Thursday. “Just the rust. Not doing it every day for a stretch of time. “We knew that was going to be the case with some throws; unfortunately, it was those two that were intercepted there.” Rodgers started to heat up in the fourth quarter and looked to have the team on the way to a game-tying touchdown when receiver Geronimo Allison fumbled the ball after a short catch. It’s possible Rodgers would have misfired again, but he completed 13 of his final 17 pass attempts and had 1 minute, 50 seconds left to score.
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