Watch: Backup Plan at QB

Scott Tolzien has made big strides since he was forced into duty for an injured Aaron Rodgers in 2013. At least that's the hope.

Scott Tolzien has come a long way.

In 2013, he was released by the 49ers at the end of training camp and landed on Green Bay's practice squad. By midseason, he was the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback. He made a bunch of big plays in his three games but tossed five interceptions and struggled to put points on the board. In about 10 quarters, the Packers scored 33 points. That earned him a seat on the bench.

Tolzien made the Packers’ roster last season but was inactive for all but one regular-season game and didn’t play a snap. The Packers, however, chose him over Matt Flynn in free agency. He’ll be the No. 2 quarterback this season, assuming his renowned work ethic and underrated ability translates to a good preseason.

“When you’re new to any system, it’s like learning a foreign language in some aspects,” Tolzien said. “But it’s your job and that’s what you realize. You’re on a new team but you’re expected to know it. So that’s really on you. Along with what you’re learning in meetings, you’ve got to put the time in on your own, too.”

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