Between the injured ankle and the aggravation of the injured ankle, second-year quarterback Brett Hundley has missed more than three weeks of training camp.
That’s meant, of the five preseason games that were scheduled, Hundley might play in only one quarter of one game heading into the regular season.
Nonetheless, Hundley feels like he’s prepared to serve as Aaron Rodgers’ backup.
“I feel ready,” Hundley said on Monday. “I was happy about being able to get out there for Oakland, and that really helped my confidence to get out there and put a drive together and make the throw to (Davante Adams). Those things are sort of the things I wanted to see, getting back out there. Just taking it day by day but I feel ready. I feel like from last year, I’m even better footwork-wise, mentally and physically. I just feel ready.”
Hundley reinjured the ankle during the game vs. Oakland last Thursday on the aforementioned completion to Adams, a 31-yard laser to the sideline. Hundley returned to action on Monday, meaning he missed about a week-and-a-half. He was limited to individual drills and watched rookies Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams direct the offense and Rodgers run the scout team. Most likely, he will not play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Kansas City.
“It went really well,” Hundley said. “Running around, I got to do a lot more today than I’ve done in the past while. I was really happy. I felt like they helped a baby out there running around with fresh legs.”
Meanwhile, receiver Jeff Janis (broken hand) and safety Morgan Burnett (back) returned after lengthy absences.
Janis went through practice with a club-cast to protect the hand. Impressively, he caught a downfield pass from Rodgers by using his healthy hand and a combination of the cast and his shoulder pads. On special teams, he worked with the scout teams. While he again struggled at receiver to start camp, he emerged as a standout on the kick-coverage units last year. Getting him back would be a big deal for a unit that could be without stalwarts Chris Banjo and Jayrone Elliott (hamstring injuries) and will be without Demetri Goodson (suspension).
“I think he can” play with the cast, special teams coordinator Ron Zook said. “He was running around out there today and, other than the club, he looked pretty good to me. But once again, that’s the doctors and so forth, but I think he can. Can he make a tackle, I guess, would be the biggest question to me. Can he go down there and make a tackle, which is going to force him to wrap up? But when you wrap up, you want to grab and all that kind of stuff. If he can get them on the ground, the doctors say he can do it and coach says he’s up, I’m all for it.”
As for Burnett, safeties coach Darren Perry has no concerns about his unit’s veteran leader. Burnett took some team reps as well as going through individual drills.
“I think Morgan will be fine,” Perry said. “Morgan has played a lot of football around here, a lot of snaps. He’ll be ready to go. There’s no nervousness or trepidation about him being prepared to play. Morgan prepares just about as well as anybody we’ve got around here. He’ll be ready to go.”
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