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Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers in “best shape” I’ve seen

88th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Athelete Aaron Rodgers attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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The Packers offseason started with coach Mike McCarthy talking about running back Eddie Lacy needing to lose weight, but he’s not the only player whose waistline became a talking point in the last few months.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made some big changes to his diet after having arthroscopic knee surgery early in the offseason, eliminating dairy and eating “more of a vegan diet” while dropping to 218 pounds. That’s the lowest weight Rodgers has been at during his Packers career and McCarthy said Monday that the quarterback’s efforts have paid off.

“I would say Aaron’s vibe, and really his offseason participation and performance, looks to line up for a great year,” McCarthy said, via “He’s in great shape. I would say this is the best shape I’ve seen him in.”

The Packers hope to find a better groove in the passing game this season, something that Rodgers will obviously have a big hand in as the year unfolds. Having a healthy wide receiver Jordy Nelson and tight end Jared Cook would also help, although McCarthy wouldn’t say Monday whether they will be cleared for a full practice schedule when camp gets going on Tuesday.