Green Bay Packers 2018 roster preview: Brett Hundley

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

The Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback a year ago, Brett Hundley is now competing for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy expressed his confidence in Brett Hundley time and again last season.

Considering the fact the Packers tried to sign Brian Hoyer during the season, and have since traded for DeShone Kizer, says otherwise.

Will Hundley make the roster this offseason?

2017 stats

Hundley played in 11 games, starting nine. He threw for 1,836 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Strangely, all nine of his touchdowns came on the road. He didn’t throw a single touchdown at Lambeau Field, but he did rush for two scores at home.

2017 review

Hundley disappointed as the Packers’ starter. While he did just enough to keep the Packers in playoff contention and set up an Aaron Rodgers return, it’s fair to say Hundley didn’t meet expectations.

We saw moments of brilliance. His fourth-quarter performance at Chicago was excellent, and it led to a victory on the road. He also played a great game in Pittsburgh, throwing for 245 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Packers narrowly lost, 31-28.

But these moments were few and far between. Too often we saw performances like an 84-yard, no-touchdown, one-interception day against Tampa Bay.

When Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, we hoped Hundley would be able to step in and play well enough. Overall, it was a disappointing season for Hundley.

Odds of making roster: 20 percent

The fact the Packers traded for DeShone Kizer isn’t a good sign for Hundley’s future. It’s possible the Packers keep three quarterbacks on the roster. They kept three QBs in 2014, the year after Rodgers last broke his collarbone.

But it’s unlikely they do so again. Hundley will need a strong summer to have a chance of making the 53-man roster.

2018 preview

It’s all about the summer for Hundley. If he outperforms Kizer, he will make it very difficult for the Packers to cut him. It’s up to Hundley to force the team to keep three quarterbacks.

If not, Green Bay may look to trade him for a late-round pick before the season starts, but it’s unlikely the Packers will receive any offers, especially if teams know he’s going to be cut.

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