Packers: Can Brett Hundley be a viable Plan B?

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Brett Hundley
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Brett Hundley /
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CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 10: Brett Hundley
CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 10: Brett Hundley /

Is Brett Hundley still a viable Plan B for the Green Bay Packers?

Three years into his NFL career, even the most apologetic of Packer fans would have to concede that Brett Hundley hasn’t filled his once promising potential in terms of inspiring the type of confidence that would make anyone feel at ease if Aaron Rodgers were to go down with another injury.

What we’ve seen so far out of the former 5-star recruit are fleeting glimpses of encouraging play (see road loss versus Pittsburgh) steeped in a morass of lackluster performances that may have some people wondering if Hundley even belongs in the NFL—in any capacity.

So, what does the future hold for No. 7 as far as his future in a green and gold uniform?

While he’s undoubtedly an underachiever, he’s really the only option that Packers currently have in the form of an insurance policy behind Rodgers unless Joe Callahan suddenly comes of age and develops into a more mobile Nick Foles 2.0…and I wouldn’t bet the mortgage on that ever happening.

For all of his warts, Hundley possesses a big arm, tremendous running ability and occasionally shows enough composure in the pocket to sort through his progressions when he’s afforded ample protection.

He’s young and, thus, remains a work in progress. So, the front office shouldn’t act in haste and completely wash their hands of an athlete they’ve invested three years in. Instead, the right approach would be adding a free agent to compete with Hundley for the No. 2 spot on the roster.

And, yes, this year’s crop of options that are willing to accept a backup role behind one of the premiere stars of the game is pretty bare. However, there are a few available veterans that have the tools and/or skills to beat out the 24-year-old former Bruin.

Here are three quarterbacks that new GM Brian Gutekunst may want to look into in hopes of upgrading the team’s quarterback depth.