All three of the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks played well in the team’s first preseason game.
Starter Brett Hundley finished 9-of-14 for 108 yards, one touchdown and one interception. DeShone Kizer, who the Packers acquired from the Browns, was 9-of-18 for 134 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown or a pick. Tim Boyle, the undrafted guy, went 7-of-15 for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
That would seem like an all-around good night for all three guys, right?
No. Not according to coach Mike McCarthy.
Fat Mike says Kizer and Boyle still have a lot of work to do.
“Fundamentally, definitely, DeShone and Tim, they have a long ways to go,” McCarthy said. “That’s just where they are. DeShone, this footwork is totally (different). He’s from the other family (offensive style). So, he’s done a really good job since he’s been here.
“So, he’ll get another opportunity. It’s just like anything and it’s something we talk about as a quarterback room, you work the fundamentals, you grind on them all week and when you get to the competitive drills, you go play football. I don’t want a guy thinking about his footwork in the middle of a game or his ball mechanics.”
Well, footwork and ball mechanics. Maybe those are the buzzwords of training camp this year.
Because surely you remember pad level.
McCarthy didn’t have anything similar to say about Hundley, who was horrible in relief of Aaron Rodgers last year. We will say this — Hundley did look a lot better. However, he’s looked good in the preseason before.
This is, after all, the guy McCarthy said wasn’t prepared last year.
Nonetheless, this points to one thing. Hundley being the No. 2 guy in Green Bay again.
So where does that leave Kizer and Boyle?
Kizer will almost certainly get a roster spot as the No. 3. Although nobody liked the guy, the Packers did give up Damarious Randall for him.
Boyle looks like a good bet for the practice squad. Unless, like Taysom Hill last year, another team sees enough to claim him. The likelihood of the Packers going with four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster is about nil.