Stat Check: Where Do Key Packers Rank All-Time?
A few Packers players have a shot at making some serious jumps up the statistical leaderboards this season. Let's take a look at where several key players rank now and where they could end up at the end of the season.
In his tenth season as a starter, Rodgers is to the point in his career where he has fewer and fewer people to leapfrog in the NFL and Packers record books. The names ahead, though, are more and more notable.
Another season of around 4,000 passing yards would put Rodgers ahead of Kerry Collins, Donovan McNabb, Boomer Esiason, Johnny Unitas, and Joe Montana on the career yardage leaderboard, although he’d still be well behind Brett Favre in the Packers record books.
After tossing one touchdown in the season opener, he needs just two more to reach 300 for his career, and if he throws three more he’ll pass John Elway in that category. Rodgers will probably need a couple years to climb much higher, as most of the people ahead of him at this point are still active.
Nelson caught his 500th career pass on Sunday, putting him just 26 behind James Lofton in the Packers record books and 91 behind Sterling Sharpe. Barring injury, Nelson will almost certainly pass Lofton and Sharpe is not entirely out of reach.
If he stays healthy all year, Nelson will probably finish the season in the top 100 all-time in total receptions.
Nelson can also make some significant gains in career yardage. He’s roughly 500 yards behind Don Hutson for fourth place in Packers history and about 700 behind Sterling Sharpe for third. He should pass both players this year, and a 1000 yard season would put him into the top 80 all time in that category.
With two more touchdowns, Jordy Nelson will pass Sterling Sharpe for second place in that category.
Adams isn’t quite to the point where he can make major progress in the record books, but he’s getting close. With 60 more catches this season, he’ll pass both Jermichael Finley and Bill Schroeder.
Matthews passed Reggie White in career sacks with the Packers last season and now sits behind only Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Three sacks this season would put Matthews alone in first place.
He’s owned the Packers’ all-time scoring record for some time now, but he’s getting to the point where his position on the NFL leaderboard is going to become more and more noteworthy. Assuming he scores around 110 points, he could finish this season in the top 30 all-time. Another couple seasons like that and he’ll easily end up as a top 15 scorer in league history.