According to a report, Matt Flynn will be the backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers when they open the 2014 season against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.
Coach Mike McCarthy opted to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster to open the season, the first time he’d done so since 2008—when he kept first-year starter Aaron Rodgers with rookies Flynn and Brian Brohm behind him.
Rodgers is now the established, former MVP starter and McCarthy kept Flynn and Scott Tolzien as well.
But McCarthy told reporters on Sunday that Flynn was the No. 2.
“I feel like I’m playing well. I feel like I’m in control of what I’m doing,” Flynn told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m in control of what I’m doing physically and mentally. I feel good. I’ve always felt confident and comfortable going into seasons, but each year I feel like I’m getting better and better.”
Flynn was a seventh-round pick by the Packers out of LSU in 2008 and beat out Brohm, the former Louisville star who was taken 153 picks earlier in Round 2 of the same draft.
But Flynn left Green Bay after the 2011 season, signing a lucrative free-agent deal with the Seahawks—presumably to be their starting quarterback.
It didn’t work out that way. Instead, he was beaten out in training camp by rookie Russell Wilson in 2012 and played in just three games, attempting nine passes.
He was traded to the Oakland Raiders in the spring of 2013—presumably to be their starting quarterback.
It didn’t work out that way. Instead, he was beaten out in training camp by Terrelle Pryor and made just one start for Oakland before he was waived in October. He signed with the Buffalo Bills and was on their roster for two games before being cut.
Flynn eventually found his way back to Green Bay, starting four games while Rodgers recovered from a broken collarbone.
Tolzien outplayed Flynn statistically in the preseason, but Flynn had seven touchdowns and four interceptions in 166 attempts for the Pack last season. Tolzien had one score and five picks in 90 throws.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the Packers already shuffled the deck on the practice squad, signing cornerback Jumal Rolle, one of their final cuts, and releasing wide receiver Alex Gillett from the practice squad.
Tough break for Gillett—cut Saturday, brought back to the practice squad Sunday, cut again Monday. Talk about your roller-coaster holiday weekends.