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Aaron Rodgers: Packers fans ‘should be really excited’ about season

The Green Bay Packers haven’t received many high marks from the pundits for their activity so far in free agency. While there has been a few key additions, the team seems to have lost more than it gained, as key departures on both sides of the ball arguably means the Packers got weaker, not stronger, this offseason.

But that’s not how Aaron Rodgers sees it.

The Packers quarterback has gone in the opposite direction, suggesting the team’s fans have every right to be excited about the 2017 NFL season.

“We probably need a couple more pieces on defense before the season starts, but we’re going to be really tough to stop on offense,” Rodgers said on a podcast with FOX Sports’ Evan Daniels, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “Mike [McCarthy] has a great system there that’s ever evolving and changing. I put my stamp on it once we get it down on paper. It’s exciting, man. Green Bay Packers fans should be really excited about this season and the possibilities.”

The Packers are coming off a successful 10-6 season and another NFL North division title. But the season ended with a thud with a 44-21 thumping at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs, a loss that highlighted holes and weaknesses on the roster.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson is known for extremely being cautious in free agency, much to the annual chagrin of Packers fans. This offseason has been no different. Sure, the team acquired tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks on offense. But those moves are offset by the key losses of standout guard T.J. Lang (Lions) and running back Eddie Lacy (Seattle Seahawks).

On the defensive side of the ball, key departures included strong safety Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills) and outside linebackers Julius Peppers (Carolina Panthers) and Datone Jones (Minnesota Vikings).

It’s awfully a fine demonstration of loyalty for Rodgers to talk up the team. But after years of the Packers failing to surround him with a Super Bowl-caliber roster, one has to wonder if that’s how Rodgers truly feels.