Arguably the easiest position for the Green Bay Packers to analyze is Quarterback. They have an All-World starter, a promising young backup, and a dark horse candidate to make the roster.
Rodgers will be fully expected to be in the conversation for NFL MVP again this season. Adding Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks to an already explosive offense should keep opposing Defensive Coordinators up at night. McCarthy and Rodgers need to remember to keep the West Coast fundamentals of the offense in the playbook. “Run the Table” really started when the Packers moved back to a quick throw offense, incorporating a lot of bubble screens and slants, and not forcing Rodgers to hold the ball for 10 seconds. Of course, #12 remains the best QB in the league when the play breaks down, but for his long-term health Green Bay needs to rely less on his ability with his legs and try to make the offense work from the pocket.
With the ridiculous reported asking price for Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, Ted Thompson is definitely paying attention to the market for Brett Hundley. The Packers reportedly almost dealt Hundley on the 2nd day of the draft, but with a big preseason (and hopefully some action at the end of blowout wins) Hundley could be in high demand next offseason. He possesses a big arm and the ability to move well around the pocket. Demonstrating more consistent accuracy could convince some QB hungry team to part with a top pick in the 2018 draft to acquire Hundley. He will have to separate himself, because next offseason looks to be a good one for teams searching for a future signal caller.
Callahan was a great story last offseason, but it will be incredibly tough for him to make the active roster. The Packers are going to be extremely deep at several positions, and it would be unlikely for Thompson and McCarthy to keep a spot on the 53 man roster for a 3rd QB. Callahan’s best career move may be to spend one more year on the Practice Squad and move into the backup role next offseason.
Hill is an undrafted rookie out of BYU. He has little chance to make the roster, but will get some chances to show off his tremendous athleticism late in the early preseason games.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig