Green Bay Packers: Who should be re-signed? Who should walk?
Battle of the backup quarterbacks
Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) throws in the pocket against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Flynn: Walk
Matt Flynn has had some incredible moments for the Packers: throwing six touchdowns in a 45-41 victory over the Detroit Lions in week 17 of the 2011 season and his remarkable comeback in Dallas in 2013 as he rallied the team from a 26-3 halftime deficit to win 37-36 come to mind.
Oct 2, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) during warmups prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Flynn was the backup to Rodgers in 2014, but could be overtaken by Scott Tolzien for that role in 2015.
Tolzien outperformed Flynn in the 2014 preseason:
Flynn went 18-of-38 for 232 yards, three touchdowns and one interception with a passer rating of 82.3.
In contrast, Tolzien went 38-of-56 for 477 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions with a passer rating of 112.0.
Scott Tolzien: Resign
After outperforming Flynn in the preseason last year, and with a full year now under his belt, head coach Mike McCarthy might trust Tolzien to take over as the backup quarterback to Rodgers.
Tolzien is unproven, but is a quarterback McCarthy likes and believes has potential.
"“I think what you’re seeing now with Scott Tolzien is he’s comfortable with the language. He’s definitely comfortable with the footwork,” head coach Mike McCarthy said last summer. “He’s a tireless worker. I don’t know if there’s anybody in our program that spends as much time at it as Scott does.”"
Don’t be surprised to see Tolzien become the number two quarterback, possibly with competition from a draft pick.
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