The NFL’s 32 projected No. 2 quarterbacks have combined to start 593 games and throw 20,400 passes.
Zero of those starts and passes belong to the Green Bay Packers’ backup corps.
With Brett Hundley, the Packers might have the most talented backup quarterback in the NFL. They also have one of the youngest and most inexperienced backups. Based on the depth chart projections at Ourlads.com, only six No. 2 quarterbacks have thrown zero passes: Hundley, the Jets’ Bryce Petty, Denver's Trevor Siemian, Kansas City’s Aaron Murray, Los Angeles’ Jared Goff and Seattle’s Trevone Boykin. Only Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, and Boykin, an undrafted rookie, are younger than the 23-year-old Hundley.
Experience, especially at quarterback, is priceless. But the experience-for-talent trade-off is one the Packers are happy to make with Hundley. Other than maybe Goff, who figures to supplant Case Keenum as the Rams’ starter sooner than later, and Paxton Lynch, Denver's first-round pick who is slated at No. 3 headed into camp, Hundley is the most talented backup in the league.
“I think he could be a solid starter and be successful,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said of Hundley last month. “He proved that he could play the game in college, made a ton of plays doing it a ton of different ways, and showed that here throughout these OTAs and the minicamp. He's a good football player.”
As a rookie last year, Hundley looked like a fish out of water throughout the offseason practices and the start of training camp. Then, as if in an instant, it all seemed to click. Hundley wound up leading the NFL in passer rating for the preseason. That performance played a part in Green Bay's decision to let last year's capable backup, Scott Tolzien, sign with Indianapolis during the offseason. Hundley continued his upward trajectory throughout this offseason, including running the show when starter Aaron Rodgers and a group of veteran players were allowed to skip the mandatory minicamp.
“For me, a lot of it is the trust that my teammates have in me,” Hundley said. “You know, I want to compete, I want to be the best I want to be. But it's not for me personally. It's more for that if my teammates know, hey if I'm ever in the game, they can look at me and say 'All right, we'll be good.' It's the trust that you get when you're in the huddle with the first group that they're not shaking or worried, or like 'All right, we may have to go a little slower.' No, we're moving. And that's one of the big things that I play for, and that's something you gain in times like this, when I get to take a little bit more reps with the 1s.”
Projected Backup Quarterbacks
Here are the 32 projected No. 2 quarterbacks, based on the depth charts at Ourlads.com.
|San Francisco||Colin Kaepernick||28||47||1,361|
|San Diego||Kellen Clemens||33||21||629|
|Tampa Bay||Mike Glennon||26||18||619|
|New Orleans||Luke McCown||34||10||356|
|New England||Jimmy Garoppolo||24||0||31|
|N.Y. Giants||Ryan Nassib||26||0||10|
|N.Y. Jets||Bryce Petty||25||0||0|
|Kansas City||Aaron Murray||25||0||0|
|Green Bay||Brett Hundley||23||0||0|
|Seattle||Trevone Boykin (R)||22||0||0|
|St. Louis||Jared Goff (R)||21||0||0|