September 2, 2014

Packers to go with Flynn as Rodgers backup

Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn

After deciding to keep both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien on the 53-man roster, Mike McCarthy is going with Flynn as his number-2 quarterback, going with experience in the opener on Thursday night in Seattle.

Flynn posted a 2-2 record for the Green Bay Packers last season when Aaron Rodgers was out with a collarbone injury.

The Packers knew there was a great chance that they would have lost Tolzien to another NFL team if they had exposed him to waivers.  Tolzien put up better numbers during training camp, but for now, the Packers value Flynn’s experience and Tolzien will serve as the number 3.

The Packers returned to the practice field on Sunday and will work in pads today.

Packers establish 10-man practice squad

The Green Bay Packers have signed 10 players to the practice squad today.

All 10 players were with the Packers during the 2014 preseason.  They are:  S Chris Banjo, WR Kevin Dorsey, C Garth Gerhart, WR Alex Gillett, RB Michael Hill, LB Adrian Hubbard, TE Justin Perillo, DE Luther Robinson, T Jeremy Vujnovich and WR Myles White.

Packers reduce roster to 53

Jeff Janis (right) makes the final 53

Jeff Janis (right) makes the final 53

The Green Bay Packers released a total of 18 players and placed tackle Aaron Adams, LB Nate Palmer, TE Jake Stoneburner and DT Khyri Thornton on injured reserve.

The Packers released S Chris Banjo, WR Kevin Dorsey, LB Jake Doughty, T John Fullington, C Garth Gerhart, WR Alex Gillett, DT Carlos Gray, RB Michael Hill, LB Adrian Hubbard, G Jordan McCray, S Tanner Miller, TE Justin Perillo, RB LaDarius Perkins, DE Luther Robinson, CB Jumal Rolle, T Jeremy Vujnovich, WR Myles White and CB Ryan White.

It means the Packers will start the season with three quarterbacks, keeping both Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn as backups behind Aaron Rodgers.  It’s not certain who will be Rodgers immediate backup.

Cutting Banjo means the Packers will go with four safeties, Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Sean Richardson.

At wide receiver, the Packers kept 7th round draft pick Jeff Janis.  Myles White, Kevin Dorsey and Alex Gillett were all competing for that fifth spot.

The Packers are also going with four running backs total, including fullback John Kuhn.  James Starks and DuJuan Harris are backups to Eddie Lacy.

The Packers return to practice on Sunday as they begin full preparations for Thursday’s season opener at Seattle.


Tolzien and Flynn both play well in finale

Scott Tolzien - UPI/Robert Cornforth

Scott Tolzien – UPI/Robert Cornforth

Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn both tossed a pair of touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers knocked off the Kansas City Chiefs 34-14 in the preseason finale at Lambeau Field.

Who wins the right to back up Aaron Rodgers?  And can the Packers afford the luxury of keeping three quarterbacks?

Certainly, the decision will be a difficult one, even more so if the Packers decide they can only hang on to one of the two.  But it’s a healthier scenario than the past couple of seasons when Graham Harrell, BJ Coleman and Vince Young were trying to compete for the backup job.

Flynn completed 7 of 15 for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Tolzien was 12 of 18 for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Flynn has performed well in training camp, but when it came to performing in games, Tolzien won that battle.  But what Flynn has on his side is history.  He helped the Packers win just enough last season to allow Aaron Rodgers to return and put the Packers in the playoffs.  That may be a security blanket the Packers won’t want to part with.

But that doesn’t make Flynn sleep any better.

AUDIO: Matt Flynn says he won’t sleep well :08

AUDIO: Matt Flynn said it’s waiting time :11

The last time the Packers kept three quarterbacks was 2008.  It may be a luxury the Packers can’t afford.  So who stays if the Packers can only keep two.

It’s really a matter of comfort for Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy.  Tolzien has developed well under Mike McCarthy’s teaching.  He’s younger, has a stronger arm and may be ready for his first opportunity.  If the Packers let him go, there’s a good chance he won’t be around to come back to the Packers practice squad.  He’s more likely to be signed by another team.

AUDIO: Scott Tolzien feels he can help the Packers win :14



Packers must find Aaron Rodgers backup

Matt Flynn & Scott Tolzien at final Training Camp practice

Matt Flynn & Scott Tolzien at final Training Camp practice

The Green Bay Packers face the Kansas City Chiefs in the final preseason exhibition at Lambeau Field tonight.  It’ll be the last chance for Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien to show Mike McCarthy why they deserve to be Aaron Rodgers backup this season.

Some believe the Packers could name one of the two the backup and keep the other around as the 3rd string quarterback.  But others believe other positions on the 53-man roster will be more valuable than having an extra quarterback around.

Years ago teams used to carry three quarterbacks with regularity, but that approach has changed.  Instead, teams like the Packers find more value in keeping an extra linebacker, tight end or receiver to help bolster special teams.

The last time the Packers went into the regular season was 2008 when Flynn as a rookie, beat out another rookie Brian Brohm.

Scott Tolzien has by far put up better numbers in preseason games, but Flynn has history on his side.  The new practice squad rules do allow for Tolzien to land on the Packers practice squad again.  But he would have to be exposed to waivers and he could sign with any other team.

The Packers went 2-2-1 in games that Flynn played in last season.  That kind of history will certainly weigh heavily when the Packers make their decision.

Flynn is expected to start tonight but will split time with Tolzien in their last attempt to prove that they belong.

AUDIO: Aaron Rodgers is pulling for Flynn and Tolzien (:23)

The Packers and Chiefs kick off at 6pm tonight at Lambeau Field.  Following the game, the Packers will have to start trimming their roster from the current 75 players, down to 53.