The Green Bay Packers have not had a quarterback controversy in about three decades (outside of the summer of 2008). It is no different in 2022.
However, they might have an opportunity to use two impactful quarterbacks instead of just one.
Backup quarterback Danny Etling has made quite the impression this preseason, especially with his running ability.
Quite possibly the best highlight of the entire NFL preseason came when Etling took a 51-yard quarterback keeper to the house while Aaron Rodgers was talking to announcers Kevin Harlan and former Packers fan favorite John Kuhn as the play happened live.
Rodgers was talking up Etling before the play happened.
This preseason, Etling has been outstanding in his performances. In the first game of the preseason for Green Bay, the former LSU Tiger completed six passes out of eight for 123 yards and one touchdown (rating of 156.3). He also rushed four times for 18 yards.
In Friday night’s win over the New Orleans Saints, Etling led the team in rushing (responsible for 48 of team’s 178 rushing yards). His highlight-reel run stole the show.
It’s fitting that this play took place against the Saints. Former Packer Taysom Hill is now an all-purpose standout with the Saints.
The Packers have another opportunity to try to add another wrinkle to Matt LaFleur’s offense with yet another running quarterback.
Etling has demonstrated that he can burn defenders with his legs. What if the former Patriot could make the team’s 53-man roster as somewhat of a wildcat quarterback? What if he was on the field at the same time as Rodgers? That would really confuse opposing defenses.
Also, when was the last time the Green Bay Packers ran a trick play on offense? It hasn’t happened with LaFleur and it rarely happened with Mike McCarthy at the helm. Obviously, the Packers don’t need to run trick plays to be successful. They’ve won 13 games over each of the last three seasons.
But bringing in a quarterback like Etling, who can make plays in a multitude of ways, could take this offense to a whole new level. Without Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the offense will need to look for new sources of production.
Could a little bit of production come from Danny Etling?