Packers Training Camp Countdown — 17 Days: Talent vs. Experience at Backup QB

The NFL's average No. 2 quarterback has started almost 20 games and thrown almost 640 passes. Brett Hundley hasn't even taken an NFL snap.

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, 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

Atlanta Matt Schaub 35 92 3,271
Tennessee Matt Cassel 34 79 2,574
Jacksonville Chad Henne 31 53 1,954
Carolina Derek Anderson 33 45 1,543
San Francisco Colin Kaepernick 28 47 1,361
Minnesota Shaun Hill 36 34 1,190
Cleveland Robert Griffin 26 35 1,063
Chicago Brian Hoyer 30 26 999
Washington Colt McCoy 29 25 842
Miami Matt Moore 31 25 769
Pittsburgh Bruce Gradkowski 33 20 709
San Diego Kellen Clemens 33 21 629
Tampa Bay Mike Glennon 26 18 619
Buffalo E.J. Manuel 26 16 521
Detroit Dan Orlovsky 32 12 512
Arizona Drew Stanton 32 12 452
Baltimore Ryan Mallett 28 8 323
New Orleans Luke McCown 34 10 356
Oakland Matt McGloin 26 6 262
Cincinnati A.J. McCarron 25 3 119
Dallas Kellen Moore 26 2 104
Indianapolis Scott Tolzien 28 2 91
Philadelphia Chase Daniel 29 2 77
New England Jimmy Garoppolo 24 0 31
Houston Tom Savage 26 0 19
N.Y. Giants Ryan Nassib 26 0 10
N.Y. Jets Bryce Petty 25 0 0
Kansas City Aaron Murray 25 0 0
Denver Trevor Siemian 24 0 0
Green Bay Brett Hundley 23 0 0
Seattle Trevone Boykin (R) 22 0 0
St. Louis Jared Goff (R) 21 0 0

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