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The Packers invented a giant metal gizmo for Aaron Rodgers to practice with

It’s no surprise that Rodgers holds the NFL record for most 70-yard+ passes.

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GREEN BAY PACKERS quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t come into the NFL as the best deep-ball thrower in the league.

But as he developed that skill over time the Packers had to invent new, more difficult ways for him to work on his accuracy on deep balls.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN,  coach Mike McCarthy decided that the traditional targets that Rodgers was using in deep-ball drills — “50-gallon-sized receptacles lined up on the goal line” — were no longer effective.

So, he and equipment manager Red Batty built a six-foot-tall metal ring with a net attached, tilted it at a 60-degree angle, and placed it in the end zone. Rodgers throws from 50 yards out and tries to bury the ball into the net.

Here it is in action:

rodgers Source: Packers.com

A closer look at the target:

aaron-rodgers-target Source: Businessinsider

Packers quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt explained why he uses the 60-degree angle to ESPN:

The trajectory of the throw makes the angles tougher for the defensive back. So if it’s a flat ball, he’s got a better chance of breaking it up. If it’s down the chimney, he’s got less chance of breaking it up. If it leaves the screen, then it’s got a better chance of coming down the chimney.

The unique training methods have certainly worked for Rodgers. This season he set the record for career touchdown passes of 70 yards or more.

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