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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EJ Manuel

For most of his time in the pros, the one-time first-round pick’s performances have ranged anywhere from dreadful to catastrophic.

As a Buffalo Bill, Manuel absolutely melted under pressure and often panicked with bodies around him by throwing balls up for grabs in hopes of one of his receivers coming down with a circus catch.

And as one would expect by that description, the young man’s accuracy numbers suffered as a result of his struggles in solving the opposing pass rush.

In his five years in the NFL, in fact, Manuel has only once recorded a completion percentage of over 60 percent.

But after a much-needed change of scenery last season, the 6-foot-5 draft bust suddenly began flashing signs of progress. Most notably, he was getting the ball out of his hands quicker as evidenced by his outing versus Baltimore.

Could we be looking at a late bloomer? Yes, quite possibly when you consider that Manuel’s progress in 2017 was no fluke, but rather the product of the hard work he put in to understand his new offense and refine his game.

This isn’t to suggest that No. 3 has totally turned things around since last year’s regular-season sample size consisted of two games, but at 27 years old, Manuel has room for improvement.

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He may not be as desirable as the other two free agents on this list, but the former ACC standout can certainly give Hundley a run for his money in vying for the backup duties.