Brett Hundley certainly appeared to have a leg up on DeShone Kizer in the race for the backup quarterback job. Now Hundley is gone and Kizer is the clear No. 2.
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst sent Hundley to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2019 sixth-round pick. It’s a bit of a net loss for the Packers in that they supposedly could have received better compensation for him during the 2017 draft. Hundley was a fifth-round pick and it was thought the Packers could have moved him for third at the time.
Hudley’s play during the 2017 season certainly sapped his value. However, he looked markedly improved during the preseason this year. He was making better throws and looked more comfortable in the pocket.
Coach Mike McCarthy even praised Hundley, while also noting that Kizer had a long ways to go. Apparently, Gutekunst didn’t necessarily agree. He spoke highly of Kizer earlier this week.
“He’s everything we saw coming out of college and last year studying him with the Browns,” Gutekunst said. “He’s obviously got size, he’s got arm talent, exceptionally bright. Still very early in his career. Obviously, Mike’s offense is new for him, so there’s a bunch of challenges. There’s always a bunch of challenges for young quarterbacks in this system. But Mike’s staff has done such a good job through the years with the quarterbacks and just their ability to get better. He’s on that trend, and we’re excited about him.”
It’s commendable that Gutekunst was able to get anything for Hundley after last season. Meanwhile, the Packers will hang onto the guy they traded former first-round pick Damarious Randall for earlier this offseason.
This also most likely opens up another roster spot at another position. That is, unless the Packers keep both Kizer and undrafted rookie Tim Boyle on the final roster. Boyle has played well during the preseason. That said, he’s still a long shot. The Packers typically go with just two quarterbacks.
We’ll have to see if Gutekunst can surprise us and pull off anymore trades this preseason. This is his second one in a week.
Not that Kizer is anything to be excited about either, but at least he threw touchdowns at home last year. Color me impressed that Gute got anything in return for Hundley.
Also, according to early sources, they plan to keep Boyle on the 53 as a third string. Although, I would have to think that his performance in the next game will make that decision for them though. If he ends up stinking up the joint, the better play might be to try and stash him on the practice squad and use that spot at another position.
we have too much talent to carry 3 qbs on a 53-man roster. That’s the real win here. A 6th round pick is just a bonus
The talent you speak of is yet to be determined (proven). But you are absolutely correct. If they kept Boyle on the active, he’s standing or sitting around passing time taking up a roster spot.
This team needs to get away from under performing bench warmers that have a low ceiling. They keep people on the roster year after year that just don’t contribute enough (we all know who they are). If they can’t play, they can’t play, whether they were drafted or not.
This isn’t to say that Boyle has a low ceiling, but 2 QB’s have to get injured for him to smell the field. He’s better off on the practice squad getting coached up, and so is the team.
I’m not going to expect too much from Kizer or Boyle Thur. night because of the O-line, or judge them to much. But i hope they show some really good things and i’ll view them as a bonus. I’m still waiting to see this arm that some people think Kizer has.
I can’t believe Gute got more than a bag of balls
…CLE got a starting DB for QB (similar skill lever to Hundley)
IN OTHER NEWS: Aaron Rodgers is about to ink his cap friendly deal with the Packers.
P4L = Packer for Life #12
Aaron Rodgers 4 year contract front loaded, apparently he will receive 80 million by March, over 100 guaranteed, about 134 mill overall.
That’s almost 34 million a year.
Just to put this in perspective, when the salary cap first came out in 1994 it was only 34 million for the entire team.
I saw that Rodgers signed an extension and was like “alright that’s cool.” Then I saw that Gute traded Hundley to the Seahawks and instantly I was jumping for joy with a huge smile. I think I need to straighten out my priorities.
I’m gonna miss juicyfruit
Mr.Juicyfruit lost his flavor a long time ago. Time to spit that fucker out.
Hundley was a 5th round pick (not 4th) that the Packers traded up to get for a late 7th. But screw the details at this point. I’m going to have a drink. This is the best that could be expected in return for Hundley after last year.
Yea, that’s it….forget all the time and work i did helping you get sober and turn your life around. Drink up sparky, you ungrateful mo*********.
I’m fairly certain it was Hundley’s fault. That is my only excuse. Now that Hundley is gone it is time to set aside all (some) of those negative waves. ;-)
Sorry for being a bit on the harsh side, but i did kinda save your life, so lets just chalk it up to tough love and move on.
Hope we can remain friends.