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McCarthy: Kizer And Boyle Still Have Work To Do

All three of the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks played well in the team’s first preseason game.

Starter Brett Hundley finished 9-of-14 for 108 yards, one touchdown and one interception. DeShone Kizer, who the Packers acquired from the Browns, was 9-of-18 for 134 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown or a pick. Tim Boyle, the undrafted guy, went 7-of-15 for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

That would seem like an all-around good night for all three guys, right?

No. Not according to coach Mike McCarthy.

Fat Mike says Kizer and Boyle still have a lot of work to do.

“Fundamentally, definitely, DeShone and Tim, they have a long ways to go,” McCarthy said. “That’s just where they are. DeShone, this footwork is totally (different). He’s from the other family (offensive style). So, he’s done a really good job since he’s been here.

“So, he’ll get another opportunity. It’s just like anything and it’s something we talk about as a quarterback room, you work the fundamentals, you grind on them all week and when you get to the competitive drills, you go play football. I don’t want a guy thinking about his footwork in the middle of a game or his ball mechanics.”

Well, footwork and ball mechanics. Maybe those are the buzzwords of training camp this year.

Because surely you remember pad level.

McCarthy didn’t have anything similar to say about Hundley, who was horrible in relief of Aaron Rodgers last year. We will say this — Hundley did look a lot better. However, he’s looked good in the preseason before.

This is, after all, the guy McCarthy said wasn’t prepared last year.

Nonetheless, this points to one thing. Hundley being the No. 2 guy in Green Bay again.

So where does that leave Kizer and Boyle?

Kizer will almost certainly get a roster spot as the No. 3. Although nobody liked the guy, the Packers did give up Damarious Randall for him.

Boyle looks like a good bet for the practice squad. Unless, like Taysom Hill last year, another team sees enough to claim him. The likelihood of the Packers going with four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster is about nil.

Joseph Bonham

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  1. Empacador August 12, 2018

    Yeah, that’s right, just keep fucking that Hundley bandwagon McCarthy. How can anyone trust that clown Hundley after the debacle that was last season? Ride him out the final year of his deal Big Mike! Get that return on investment, cut the guys that seemingly have more upside and start over from scratch again next year. The more things change the more they stay the same. Fuckin’ awesome!

  2. Cheese August 12, 2018

    Right… because Hundley is super solid with his fundamentals. When is that last time Packer fans witnessed a Green Bay quarterback throw a touchdown at Lambeau Field? September 28th 2017. Explain that one Mr. Highly Successful Quarterback Guru. Oh that’s right, you had nothing to do with Hundley over the span of three years. That was all Alex Van Pelts fault. McCarthy has only ever worked with Rodgers, Favre, and Montana.

  3. MM²SUCK August 12, 2018

    One thing is for certain, the Buffoon never changes. He will ALWAYS keep and play his favorites above better talent. Fuck! when is this charlatan going to be shown the door! He is obviously unfazed with the GM change. Hundley is questionable at best. The other two? Well, they can at least throw the ball with pressure coming at them . . .

  4. Deepsky August 13, 2018

    Hundley has good mechanics. No arm though. And he can’t feel pressure. And he takes off and runs as if he’s a running back with his eyes down. And he can’t read a defense.

    Kizer has an arm, although his accuracy is questionable. He also seemed to be able to sense pressure and move away from it before he gets strip sacked, while keeping his eyes downfield. Kizer can’t read a defense either, but he hasn’t had 3 years in the NFL. Few young quarterbacks are good in the redzone.

    When the Browns played the Packers last year, I kept thinking, why isn’t this team beating us? Clearly Kizer was the better quarterback, but he never made the plays. He may not be a ‘gamer’, something the Packers have had in quarterbacks for 26 years.

    1. PF4L August 13, 2018

      I’m not sure why people think Kizer has an arm, but ok.

  5. PF4L August 13, 2018

    Ok, here’s what’s i don’t get. Watch Kizer’s 51 yard pass completion to Scatling 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter. What NFL QB throw’s a football like that? That’s high school shit right. That has got to be some of the worst mechanics and footwork i’ve seen. I know he still completed it, but that’s not the point.

    Then you watch Boyle, and he has pocket presence, know’s how to be composed, stays in the pocket while the play develops, and delivers. Like the 52 yard TD to Kumerow. He knew he was getting hit, but he did what NFL quality QB’s do, stayed in and delivered. Looks like a veteran, but he’s an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Kentucky playing in his first NFL exhibition game. Compared to a 4 year guy and a guy with 13 starts under his belt.

    I don’t know what will become of him, maybe the Patriots will pick him up.

    1. Mitch Anthony August 14, 2018

      Last year my son and I were at the pre-season game against the Eagles. We both remarked over the play of Taysom Hill that he was definitely the keeper. Now I know it is early to get those same warm fuzzies over Boyle but it is hard to ignore what we have seen.

      But hey. Big Mike is a QB guru. We need to trust Big Mike. If he says Hundley is the man, well hey, bank it.

  6. Paul gayeff August 24, 2018

    Can big mike ever admit to making a mistake