After missing more than half the 2018 season with a collarbone injury, Aaron Rodgers will return to the Green Bay Packers in 2018 and he's looking to have an MVP-type season. And if he's able to be the NFL leader in a big category, he will definitely be in the running to win his third MVP award. Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report projected the 2018 NFL stat leaders and Rodgers is projected to lead the league in touchdown passes. He is projected to throw 38 touchdown passes and Los Angeles Chargers Philip Rivers will come in second. Here's a look at what Moton had to say about Rodgers.

He's back. Assuming Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy for the entire season—he missed nine games with a collarbone injury in 2017—the 34-year-old should lead this category for the second time in three terms.

Rodgers won't have a familiar touchdown target in wideout Jordy Nelson, who signed with the Oakland Raiders during free agency. However, tight end Jimmy Graham joins the offense as an immediate red-zone threat. The former Seattle Seahawk logged 10 scores last year, which propelled quarterback Russell Wilson to the top spot in touchdown passes with 34.

The last time Rodgers led the NFL in touchdown passes was in 2016 when he had 40. The 2016 season was not the only time he threw for over 40 touchdowns as he recorded 45 touchdown passes in 2011. He finished second in the NFL behind Drew Brees who had 46.

If Rodgers does get to 38 touchdowns in 2018, he would be on pace to record 500 career touchdowns in six years. Right now, Rodgers has 313 career touchdowns, so he will need to throw at least 31 touchdowns each season for the next six seasons to reach 500. Rodgers has thrown at least 28 touchdowns except for two times in his career as starter - 2013 and 2017. In those seasons, Rodgers threw 17 and 16 touchdowns respectively because he missed significant time with collarbone injuries.

As of right now, there have been only two players to reach 500 touchdowns in their careers and they are Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. However, there are six players including Rodgers who could reach that mark when it's all said and done. Here's a look at the top 10 career passing touchdown leaders.

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1. Peyton Manning - 539

2. Brett Favre - 508

3. Tom Brady - 488

3. Drew Brees - 488

5. Dan Marino - 420

6. Philip Rivers - 342

6. Fran Tarkenton - 342

8. Eli Manning - 339

9. Ben Roethlisberger - 329

10. Aaron Rodgers- 313

Even if Rodgers doesn't reach 500 touchdown passes, he will go down as one of the most prolific touchdown throwers in NFL history. Rodgers is the active leader in passing touchdowns percentage at 6.4 and he's fifth on the all-time list behind Sid Luckman, Frankie Albert, Frank Ryan and Otto Graham. When Rodgers won his first MVP award, he recorded a touchdown percentage rate of 9.0 which was the highest percentage in the NFL since 2004 when Peyton Manning posted a 9.9 touchdown percentage rate.