We all know what a disaster Brett Hundley was at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in 2017. The guy didn’t throw a single touchdown at Lambeau Field. That about says it all.
The Packers possibly did something to address the position or at least provide competition. They did that in trading cornerback Damarious Randall for former Cleveland Browns starter DeShone Kizer.
Interestingly, Kizer was bad on a Hundley level in 2017. He led the league with 22 interceptions and was last in completion percentage (53.6 percent) as a rookie.
So what do the Packers have? Thus far, it looks like they’ve got two of what they had last year.
Kizer, who was clearly ruined by the Browns, has been referred to as a total rebuilding project. And Hundley, it appears, is still Hundley.
Check out this assessment by Demovsky.
A spring’s worth of individual workouts, OTA practices and an entire minicamp without Rodgers did little to convince anyone the Packers have a capable fill-in quarterback.
To be sure, both Hundley and Kizer had their moments in last week’s minicamp: Hundley led a touchdown drive in a 2-minute drill with a 22-yard corner route to rookie receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, while Kizer hit Jake Kumerow on a 44-yard go route during his turn in the same drill. But the overall body of work included myriad missed throws and would-be sacks for holding the ball too long — problems that plagued Hundley in his nine starts last season and Kizer in his 15 last year for the winless Browns.
Even though neither guy appears to be impressing anyone at this point, there may be some positives.
Kizer has all the tools. He just needs to pull everything together and he is certainly trying. Kizer has been working with Tom Brady’s quarterback guru when he’s away from Green Bay.
Hundley, who coach Mike McCarthy said wasn’t ready last year, has supposedly shown improvement.
“Fundamentals, foot work, decision-making,” McCarthy said when asked what Hundley worked on this offseason. “Just really going back and doing a better job of repping the fundamentals, the footwork, particular concepts whether it’s in the gun or under center. Every quarterback has a profile, throwing mechanics, and this is the time of year really to focus in on the little things, and I feel Brett has taken a step this offseason.”
Personally, I feel the Packers would be in the best shape if Kizer came in and showed he can do it. That he was clearly better than Hundley.
That doesn’t seem to be any sort of sure thing, however.