One of the more interesting aspects of Friday night’s Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders preseason games from Lambeau Field was the battle for the backup quarterback position between Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn.
Heading into that game, the two were neck and neck in their battle to back up all-world Aaron Rodgers.
At the end of the game, Tolzien was clearly in front and begs the question: Do the Packers go into the regular season with two or three quarterbacks on the roster?
[pullquot]At the end of the game, Tolzien was clearly in front and begs the question: Do the Packers go into the regular season with two or three quarterbacks on the roster?[/pullquote]
Some say the Packers need to keep players at other positions: outside linebacker, safety, wide receiver and offensive line.
And while the final cutdown will see the Packers waving goodbye to some good players who may be picked up by other teams waiting and salivating to see who falls from the Packers tree, it’s becoming pretty evident that one of those players won’t be Tolzien.
He was comfortable in the pocket, made quick and accurate throws, extended plays with his legs and overall looked like a pro quarterback. At the end of the night he completed 8-of-11 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown for a 133.5 quarterback rating.
Flynn was 4-of-10 for 37 yards and one interception. For a veteran, he looked more like the proverbial deer caught in the headlights.
Yes, Tolzien was playing against lesser competition, but his stature and confidence level on the field of play was simply superior to that of Flynn.
The final decision will most likely boil down to where the Packers need depth on the roster. We all saw what happened last season when Rodgers went down with his fractured collarbone. The Packers were lost at the position for weeks. Do the Packers risk that possibility again in 2014? Will it prompt Mike McCarthy to keep an extra QB on the roster at the expense of leaving another position at risk?
Of course, that’s why they get the big bucks to make these decisions, but their final judgment will most likely be made based on how they play next week in the final preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.