Green Bay Packers 2018 roster review: Brett Hundley

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Brett Hundley
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Brett Hundley /

A review of Brett Hundley’s 2017 season, a year that saw him start nine games for the Green Bay Packers.

Brett Hundley helped keep the Green Bay Packers‘ season alive by leading the team to three victories without Aaron Rodgers.

But the Packers will almost certainly look to find an upgrade at the backup spot.

Let’s look back at Hundley’s up-and-down year.

Season in review

After some impressive preseason performances in his first three years, we finally got the first look at Brett Hundley as a starter in the regular season.

And the results were disappointing.

Hundley helped the Packers win three games as a starter — at Chicago, Tampa Bay and at Cleveland — but the team also lost six.

In nine starts, Hundley threw for 1,836 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 touchdowns.

At times he flashed good quarterback play. He was particularly effective in the fourth quarter at Chicago. That afternoon he made accurate throws and looked at ease running the offense.

But these moments were few and far between. Hundley was held below 100 yards passing twice, and the Packers were also shutout twice at Lambeau with their backup.

As it turned out, the Hundley-led Packers did just enough to set up an Aaron Rodgers return. Had the team won at Carolina and gone on to secure a playoff berth, the three victories with Hundley would have made the difference.

Looking ahead to 2018 season

Will the Packers add another quarterback at some point this offseason? They almost have to.

At the very least, expect GM Brian Gutekunst to add a late-round draft pick or sign an undrafted free agent to compete with Hundley and Joe Callahan for the backup spot.

Perhaps there’s more chance than ever that the Packers will sign a veteran free agent with NFL experience. Josh McCown would be an ideal option, but he’ll likely be paid to start either with the Jets or at another team.

It’s also possible Gutekunst adds some competition for the backup spot, but Hundley still wins the job at training camp.

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What does appear to be clear is that the hope of trading Hundley for a higher pick than the fifth-rounder the Packers used to select him is unlikely to happen.