A Pre-Draft Look at The Packers 53 Man Roster: Quaterbacks
Face of the Franchise Aaron Rodgers saw the Packers season end when the ball fell from his grasp hit his leg bounced into the hands of an on rushing Karlos Dansby who continued on into the end zone for a Cardinals overtime playoff victory. Rodgers an emerging NFL star and likely MVP candidate in 2010 will learn from his first playoff experience. He did complete 28 of 42 passes for 423 yards a 10.1 yard average and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception completing 9 passes of 20 yards or more and finishing the game with a passer rating of 121.4 With Aaron Rodgers and backup Matt Flynn holding down the position the Packers are in great shape at quarterback. However, coach Mike McCarthy has expressed his desire to have an opprutunity to work with quaterback Tim Tebow, could he be a suprise addition to the Packers?
1. Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers was one of the five best quarterbacks in the NFL in 2009 in just his second season as a starter. He threw for 4434 yards, had 30 touchdown passes to only 7 interceptions, and lost just 4 fumbles during the regular season. Good for a passer rating of 103.2, fourth in the NFL, behind only Drew Brees, Brett Favre, and Philip Rivers. He also ran for 316 yards and had 5 rushing touchdowns. If Rodgers can improve in a few key areas the Packers should be able to contend for the Super Bowl in 2010.
2. Matt Flynn
Flynn a 7th round pick in 2008 out of LSU has developed into a decent backup for the Packers. You never want him to have to enter a game but if he did have to, I believe he could manage the Packers talented offense well enough to come away with a victory. Matt Flynn is a serviceable backup for the 2010 season.
3. ( just 2 quarterbacks on the roster in 2009 )
The Packers went with just 2 quarterbacks in 2009 and should do so again in 2010 with starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Matt Flynn the Packers are set at quarterback. Though if Ted Thompson does choose to add a quarterback instead of using the extra roster spot at another position, like he did in 2009 carrying 3 fullbacks. I believe it will be a developmental type prospect through the draft not a veteran to push Matt Flynn for the backup role. Coach Mike McCarthy has made some comments expressing his high regard for Tim Tebow both as a football player and as a person. However, I don't think Thompson will use a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd round pick on a quarterback. So, a more likely candidate to become a Packer is the man wearing # 4 above Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead who likely will be available in the 5th round. The only reason to do this is if you think Snead or another prospect can be developed into a better backup than Flynn for the 2011 season. Thus, making Flynn expendable and allowing you to trade him for a mid to late round pick depending upon how well he performs during the 2010 pre-season.