2. Backup Quarterback
Prior to last season, the Packers backup quarterback spot was one of the easiest gigs in all of football. However, this was the second time that Rodgers has broken his collarbone, and the team looked lost without him under center.
In an effort to remedy this issue, the team traded for former second-round pick DeShone Kizer, who took several lumps last year with the Cleveland Browns. He will compete with Brett Hundley, who had an up-and-down season of his own. Both players have good-to-great talent, but neither has shown any consistency in using it.
Hundley has a career record of three wins to six losses, which is still markedly better than Kizer’s 0-15. Hundley has spent two seasons working alongside Rodgers, which gives the upper hand in the fight. However, despite spending a season under him, Hundley looked lost at times last season. He lacks the arm strength to make certain throws and struggles under pressure.
The Packers traded away last year’s starting cornerback Damarious Randall to receive Kizer as the centerpiece. This already does not bode well for Hundley. Although the coaching staff stood behind Hundley this offseason, this move shows managements intrigue with Kizer. He is more athletic and has greater arm talent to Hundley. His ceiling is higher, which gives him a strong chance to beat out Hundley.
Regardless of who wins the job, they’ll need to always be ready in case of a worst-case scenario. If they aren’t, we’ve seen how ugly that can be.