Saturday, August 30, 2014
Packers likely to keep just two quarterbacks
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are leaning heavily toward keeping just two quarterbacks, according to a source familiar with their thinking.
That means general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy will have to decide between Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien as Aaron Rodgers' backup.
Despite much better preseason numbers by Tolzien, the decision is not that clear-cut.
In fact, the Packers could be leaning toward Flynn because he has proven he can win games in the regular season as a backup.
Tolzien was winless in three games last season, including two starts. He was pulled in the Nov. 24 game against the Vikings, and Flynn rallied the Packers from behind to a tie. Flynn then went 2-2 as a fill-in starter before Rodgers returned from his collarbone injury.
However, with a full offseason to develop, Tolzien made huge gains. For the preseason, he completed 38 of 56 passes (67.9 percent) for 477 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, which equates to a passer rating of 112.0. Flynn was 18-of-38 (47.4 percent) for 232 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 82.3.
The Packers need three quarterbacks to run practice so if they keep just two on the 53-man roster, they will need to sign one to the practice squad. Tolzien still has practice-squad eligibility but would have to clear waivers first. It's a chance the Packers might be willing to take.
The Packers have begun making cuts. The following players have been released already, according to their agents, other league sources and media reports (this will be updated throughout the day):
- T Aaron Adams (to injured reserve, knee).
- T John Fullington
- CB Ryan White
- LB Jake Doughty
- RB Michael Hill
- RB LaDarius Perkins
- S Tanner Miller
- WR Alex Gillett
- C/G Jordan McCray
- S Jumal Rolle