Aaron Rodgers might have the best job security in the entire NFL. At the most important position in sports, he has raised the bar on what it means to play quarterback. He combines the best of both worlds when it comes to being mobile and a pocket passer. Rodgers can do it all. A consummate student of the game, he is well on his way to being a first ballot Hall of Famer. The failure that was the 2017 season should be a good indication of how much Rodgers means to this organization.
Rodgers will be entering his 14th season with somewhat of a chip on his shoulder. Before getting hurt in week six he was well on his way to another campaign worthy of MVP consideration. In the past, Rodgers has preached about his need for a championship defense to reclaim the Lombardi trophy. At least on paper, it appears GM Brian Gutekunst has done his due diligence to build just that.
- May have to rely on unproven receivers
- Sketchy offensive line
- Sometimes takes unnecessary hits
Scale (1-10 with 1 being no chance to make the roster and 10 being a complete lock)- 10
The Green Bay Packers aren’t the Green Bay Packers without Rodgers on the field.
Before last season, being the backup quarterback for the Packers might have been the most stress-free job imaginable. But if Rodgers goes down, it can quickly become a nightmare. Brett Hundley experienced this first hand and now the hope is Kizer can provide more stability should it happen again.
Kizer couldn’t have entered a worse situation for his rookie season. Being the quarterback in Cleveland is bad enough but it’s even worse when you’re forced to be the starter before you’re ready. Now that he’s in Green Bay, Kizer will have far less pressure and fewer expectations awaiting him. He just needs to prove he’s capable of being the emergency quarterback and that he is progressing on a daily basis.
- Great arm
- Can make any throw
- Good ability to escape the pocket
- Turnover prone (22 picks and nine fumbles in 2017)
- Has trouble making route progressions
- Sporadic accuracy
The Packers wouldn’t have traded for Kizer if they thought he was going to get cut. All fingers point towards him being Rodgers’ back-up for the next few years.
Hundley will be fighting to stay on Green Bay’s roster this summer. The coaching staff stuck by his side after an abysmal 2017 season, but this is his last chance. He failed to answer the call after Rodgers broke his collarbone, resulting in the Packers missing the playoffs. Hundley will have to show he’s learned from the experience otherwise his next gig will be with a different team.
He looks to be the Packers third string QB, but it’s not inconceivable for Hundley to get back to No. 2. He and Kizer have similar play styles and both have lots to work on. Whoever has the better preseason come the end of August will rightfully be Green Bay’s second option under center.
- Capable of running run-pass option
- Can make head-turning plays from time to time
- Poor pocket awareness
- Drops eyes
- Underthrows a lot of passes
Hundley will basically have to have the camp no one expects to stick around another year. He says all the right things but hasn’t shown it on the field for a full 60 minutes.
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Boyle spent three seasons at Connecticut before transferring to Eastern Kentucky. He has a lot to learn about what it means to be an NFL quarterback, but possesses raw talent. It also doesn’t hurt that he will get to pick the brain of the best QB in the league. His college numbers were dreary posting only 12 touchdowns to 26 interceptions. The Packers hosted Boyle on a pre-draft visit hoping he would be available after the draft. After cutting Joe Callahan, Boyle was signed to add to the competition in training camp.
- Strong arm
- Pro-style quarterback
- Premium size at 6-4, 230 pounds
- Trouble reading defenses
- Can’t dissect coverages
- Forces throws
Don’t get used to hearing this name. At least not in Green Bay.
*Written by Brandon Carwile.