With the offseason now here, it is time for the Packers to look inward, evaluating their roster to see who will return and who will be wearing another jersey in August. Over the next month or so, we will look at each position, evaluating each player on the roster as well as the potential free agent fits and draft fits. Today we will look at the premier spot: quarterback.
Starting out, we need to look at the quarterbacks on the 90-man roster as of today. Evaluating their seasons and the future potential. Let’s start with the two time MVP and face of the franchise.
It’s well known that he had a “down” season by his standards, but he was still pretty darn good this season. He threw for 3821 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also only threw 8 interceptions but he seemed off throughout the season. From getting happy feet at the snap to not trusting his receivers to make a play, this wasn’t the Aaron Rodgers that Packer fans are used to. But he is still one of the very best quarterbacks in the game currently and all-time. He seemed to gain trust in his receivers near the end of the season because he had no other options and it showed against Arizona and Washington. If he can get that rapport with guys like Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis, and Jared Abbrederis, there is no reason to think that he won’t get back to his elite self in 2016. He is still Aaron Rogers after all.
Tolzien time came rarely in 2015 as he saw action in only three games, throwing one pass and completing it for 4 yards. He did everything expected of him as the backup and looks poised to cash in to become a starting quarterback somewhere in the NFL in 2016. With his contract expiring and the emergence of Brett Hundley as a potential quarterback of the future, it is time for Tolzien to move on. He will be missed in Green Bay because of his local ties as well as his solidifying of the position. But he deserves a chance to start somewhere, maybe in Houston or Los Angeles.
Looking like a steal as a fifth round pick last season, Hundley looks to be a future stud in the NFL after his rapid development in the preseason last year. He wasn’t active in any games this year, but he got to learn from Rodgers and Mike McCarthy and could be a future star in the NFL. Whether it is in Green Bay depends on the health of Aaron Rodgers. But if he needs to step in, his development lends itself to the idea that he can step in and be effective. The future is bright for the UCLA product.
A former Miami (FL) quarterback in college, he started 10 career games and threw for over 2500 yards as a collegiate. Listed at 6’4” and 215 pounds, he looks like a camp arm and a potential practice squad candidate after signing a futures contract with Green Bay. If he makes the team it will be a major surprise.
POTENTIAL FREE AGENTS
No notable free agents are on the market for the Packers that they would look at. They are most likely to sign a couple of undrafted guys. If they look for anyone in the free agent market, keep an eye on Matt McGloin as a camp arm.
If the Packers look at a quarterback in the Draft, it’ll be on Day 3 as a developmental prospect. Someone like Jake Coker or Kevin Hogan, Vernon Adams, or even Jake Rudock in Round 6-7. Either one could be a developmental prospect in the mold of Hundley.——————
Mike Wendlandt is originally from Iola, Wisconsin and graduated from Drake University in 2015 with a degree in History. With a significant journalism background both in writing and broadcasting, Mike can be heard as the play-by-play voice of Central Wisconsin High School sports on WDUX FM 92.7 and on Twitter @MikeWendlandt.
Mike Wendlandt is a writer covering the Green Bay Packers for PackersTalk.com.