Aaron Rodgers' Injury Pushes Matt Flynn Back into Packers' Spotlight

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Aaron Rodgers' Injury Pushes Matt Flynn Back into Packers' Spotlight
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The Green Bay Packers have reportedly re-signed former quarterback Matt Flynn after starter Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone in Week 9 and backup Seneca Wallace suffered a groin injury in Week 10, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

On Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien took over for the injured Wallace, who is likely heading to injured reserve, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Tolzien threw for an admirable 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and had a 70.5 passer rating.

After Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy named Tolzien the starter for Week 11, per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he told NFL Network about the team’s workout with Flynn and how well he performed. From Kevin Patra of NFL.com:     

(Flynn) went through his workout this morning. (He) looks good. That's really all I have for you right now. Everything else is a work in progress. ... A lot of the information that you need to make decisions is still coming in, so we're still trying to put it all together.

Wallace was underperforming in his role as temporary starter, totaling just 139 yards through the air and an abysmal 15.2 quarterback rating in parts of two games. Considering Rodgers’ injury could see him miss a month of football, the team is consequently looking to add depth and experience at the position.

Signing Flynn fills both of those needs.

After being drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft, Flynn spent the first four seasons of his career honing his craft as the backup in Green Bay, learning from one of the best in the business under the tutelage of Rodgers.

In January of 2012, Flynn started the last game of the season for the Packers and threw for an astounding 480 yards and six touchdowns. The impending free agent cashed in on that success and signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks, but lost out in the race for the starting job to then-rookie Russell Wilson.

Seattle traded Flynn to the Oakland Raiders in April of 2013 after it was clear he would not win the No. 1 job, but he was outplayed by Terrelle Pryor in Oakland and soon found himself released by the team after dropping down the depth chart.

After a short stint with the Buffalo Bills, with whom he didn't take a regular-season snap, Flynn was once again released and has now found his way back to Green Bay.  

While Tolzien played decently in Week 10, Flynn knows the system and personnel well and will push the young starter to be better. If Tolzien falters and fails, Flynn could have the chance to show Packers fans why they should be excited he’s back in the mix.

 

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