Arguably the easiest position for the Green Bay Packers to analyze is Quarterback. They have a once in a generation starter, a promising young backup, and a solid Practice Squad candidate.
Rodgers will be fully expected to be in the conversation for NFL MVP once again this season. Adding Jimmy Graham to an already explosive offense should keep Defensive Coordinators up at night. McCarthy and Rodgers need to remember to keep the West Coast fundamentals of the offense in the playbook. Much of the Packers early season success was due to a quick throw offense, incorporating a lot of bubble screens and slants, and not forcing Rodgers to hold the ball for long periods of time. 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.
Kizer was thrown into action way too early last year, and was asked to lead an offense largely devoid of talent. However, McCarthy was correct that Kizer has all the talent of a first round Quarterback, and the Green Bay coaching staff has been able to get the best out of less talented players. With some time to learn, Kizer has the ability to turn into a really strong backup, and potential trade bait in the future.
Hundley has a massive uphill battle to make the roster. With the depth at WR and CB, it’s highly unlikely they would carry three QBs. The best case scenario for Green Bay is a strong preseason performance, and a team desperate for a backup sending the Packers a mid-round pick in exchange for Hundley.
Boyle has the athleticism and size the Packers look for in QBs. His production at UConn for three years and Eastern Kentucky for his final season look underwhelming, but the coaching staff may see the raw tools as something to work with. The Practice Squad is a possibility if Boyle plays well in the offseason, but he may struggle to find reps behind Kizer and Hundley.
The Quarterback position is largely settled. Kizer and Hundley will likely dominate the preseason snaps, and have a chance to make an impression on the rest of the league. Boyle will take the mop up duties and look to turn that into a role as the scout team leader. With a healthy Rodgers, DeShone Kizer will get the chance to get the redshirt season he should have had last year.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