The Green Bay Packers find themselves in a tough situation for most if not all of the rest of the 2017 NFL season. Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on his throwing side, and is likely to miss most of the rest of the season once he undergoes surgery.
The Packers backup quarterback is Brett Hundley, a fifth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Prior to Sunday’s game, Hundley completed one pass in Week 4, and was 2 of 10 for 17 yards and an interception in four games in 2016. He did not appear in a game in 2015.
The Packers promoted quarterback Joe Callahan from the practice squad to serve as the backup quarterback. Head coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers would add a third quarterback, but Adam Schefter tweeted that McCarthy, “bristled at idea team would have interest in Colin Kaepernick.”
Naturally, Kaepernick was going to come up in any discussion following Rodgers’ injury. I have not watched much of Brett Hundley, so I can’t offer a concrete opinion of him. I think there is a good chance Colin Kaepernick is better than him, but I will grant the Packers this, they drafted Hundley and have been developing him behind Rodgers for the past 2+ seasons. I don’t know how much confidence they have in Hundley, but I get going with the guy you’ve been developing.
Of course, what happens if the Packers offense struggles behind Hundley? There are not a whole lot of options left at this point. The Packers are currently 4-2 following their loss to the Minnesota Vikings. They are in a first place tie with Minnesota, a half game up on three teams for one wild card berth, and a full game up on two other teams. They’ve got a lot of talent on the roster, with quarterback now being the biggest question. If Hundley struggles, do they turn to the guy who did this to them?
Fooch’s update: Adam Schefter describing this as “bristled” doesn’t begin to do it justice!