Camp Preview: By Numbers at QB

We look at one key player, one darkhorse contender, one player on the bubble and provide some numbers you might not know in breaking down the quarterbacks.

One key player: Aaron Rodgers, of course. As evidenced by the Super Bowl, with coach Mike McCarthy calling on Rodgers to throw it 42 times compared to only 11 running plays against the NFL's second-ranked defense in terms of passer rating, there's plenty heaped on Rodgers' platter. The better Rodgers gets — both before and after the snap — the more McCarthy can ask of his sublime signal-caller.

One darkhorse: Matt Flynn, of course. Could the entire season boil down to Flynn instead of Rodgers? Look at how small the margin for error is, with the Packers sneaking into the playoffs on a tiebreaker before hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. If the season boils down to a game or two with Flynn under center, the Packers have a better shot than most teams to win with their backup.

One on the bubble: Graham Harrell, of course. The Packers typically go into the season with just two quarterbacks. That alone puts Harrell on the hot seat. Throw in the possibility of the training camp roster being expanded from 80 players to 90, and there's a good chance that the Packers will bring in a talented undrafted rookie to challenge Harrell and potentially be the backup of the future. Harrell, of course, has an enormous edge with an infinitely deeper knowledge of the offense than some newcomer, who potentially could be signed one day and on the practied field a couple days later.

One new face: None, yet. Only 12 quarterbacks were drafted in April, with 16 having draftable grades, according to the official pre-draft rankings provided to Packer Report. Among those who the Packers showed a ton of interest in leading to the draft was California-Pennsylvania's Josh Portis.

Four: Number of 110-plus passer rating games in the playoffs by Rodgers. Joe Montana holds the record with six in 23 starts with Brett Favre second with five in 24 starts. Rodgers' four come in five playoff starts. Wow.

Four: Rodgers has four-plus rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons, the first Packers quarterback to accomplish that since Tobin Rote from 1954 through 1956.

101.2: Flynn's passer rating against New England was the highest by a quarterback making his starting debut against a team with a record of 10-2 or better (the Patriots were 11-2) since the 1970 merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

109.8: Rodgers' career postseason passer rating, which is the highest in NFL history and ahead of second-place Bart Starr's 104.8.

2-12: That's Rodgers' three-season record with the Packers trailing entering the fourth quarter. It's really the only blemish on his resume. However ...

67.1: Rodgers' completion percentage last season in "late and close games," according to STATS. That ranked fourth in the NFL. His fourth-quarter passer rating of 99.5 ranked sixth.

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