Position preview: QB's

Training camp is just ahead for the Green Bay Packers. Rookies and selected free agents are scheduled to report on July 25. Veterans will report two days later. PackerReport.com will break down each position daily leading up to the start of training camp. Today we take a look at the quarterbacks.

Brett Favre, 35, will enter training camp in tip-top shape thanks his new off-season workout regimen. The Packers hired a personal trainer for Favre in May and the quarterback says he feels the improved condition he is in compared to recent off-seasons. This should help him down the stretch of the regular season and playoffs.

Rookie quarterback Aaron Rodgers gives the Packers a chance to remain competitive when Favre retires, but he'll have to demonstrate a good command of the offense in training camp and preseason games to be the backup to Favre this year. Rodgers, 21, is an extremely hard worker. He has an average to slightly above-average arm. He is accurate and throws with good touch, but often struggled to complete passes in the June minicamp.

Craig Nall, 26, has the most experience in the Packers' offense of the reserve quarterbacks. He will have every chance to enter the regular season as Favre's backup but he'll be pushed by J.T. O'Sullivan, who was acquired in a trade with New Orleans last year.

Coach Mike Sherman said at the end of the June minicamp that Nall will enter training camp as the No. 2 QB behind Favre. He played in five games last year and finished the season as the Packers No. 2 QB. He moved into the role in Week 5 when Doug Pederson went on season-ending injured reserve with broken ribs. For the season, Nall completed 23-of-33 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns, for a passer rating of 139.4.

Nall is entering his fourth year as a reserve quarterback for Green Bay.

O'Sullivan, 25, was the team's inactive third quarterback for each of the Packers' final 12 regular season games.

Projected starter: Brett Favre
Entering 15th NFL season and plans to play beyond the 2005 season.

Projected reserves: Aaron Rodgers, Craig Nall
Nall will enter season as No. 2 QB, but it won't be long before Rodgers is promoted.

On the bubble: J.T. O'Sullivan
He will have to have a very good camp in order to surpass Nall on the depth chart.


Todd Korth

Note: Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com


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