An overview of the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback situation following the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Green Bay Packers made some moves at quarterback this offseason, setting up an interesting summer.
The starting job belongs to a certain two-time MVP, but behind him there will be a competition for the No. 2 spot.
Here’s an overview of the Packers’ quarterback room.
As long as this man is healthy, the Packers are in good shape.
But injuries have been a slight concern for Aaron Rodgers in recent years. He is returning from a second broken collarbone in five years.
Outside of the two collarbone injuries, which can be put down to bad luck, Rodgers also played through a bad calf strain in 2014. He didn’t miss any games, but it limited his mobility.
When healthy, Rodgers is the best quarterback in all of football. At 34-years-old, he’s still in his prime and continues to make the Packers Super Bowl contenders.
Brought in via a trade, DeShone Kizer has to be considered the frontrunner for the backup job this year. The Packers gave up their best cornerback from last season, Damarious Randall, to get Kizer.
Mike McCarthy is clearly a fan of Kizer, who he believes has “starter ability in this league” and would have been a high draft pick this spring.
“If he was in that class this year, he would have been a part of that group, the first-round guys,” McCarthy told reporters.
Kizer struggled in Cleveland last year, but was playing on a bad football team and was thrown in as a rookie. He’s just 22-years-old, has a lot of potential and, importantly, now has the time to develop in Green Bay.
Kizer’s arrival could be bad news for Brett Hundley, who struggled as the starter when Rodgers got hurt last year. Hundley was drafted by the Packers in 2015, so the fact he looked so unprepared in the role was surprising.
Hundley threw nine touchdown passes with 12 interceptions last season.
It appears the Packers will give him an opportunity to compete for the backup job at training camp, but I expect Kizer to win the competition.
Tim Boyle was signed as an undrafted free agent following last month’s draft. Unless the Packers keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, it’s hard to see him earning the backup job as a rookie.
As long as Rodgers is healthy, the Packers have no concerns at quarterback. Kizer has the potential to develop into a fine backup with starting potential, but he needs time to learn the system and develop his game.
Rodgers is the key to the Packers’ Super Bowl dreams. If he plays every game this year, they will be one of the top teams in football.