In depth: Quarterbacks

PackerReport.com's Todd Korth observed the Green Bay Packers in practice this off-season during the team's minicamps and Organized Team Activities practices in Green Bay. In the first part of a series analyzing the depth at each position on the team, Korth rates the top candidates to make the 53-man roster at quarterback.

To no one's surprise, the depth at quarterback will mirror last season for the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers are welcoming the return of Brett Favre for a 16th season in Green Bay and 17th overall in the National Football League. Favre is set to extend an astonishing record starting streak for quarterbacks, which is at 237 straight regular season games and 257, including playoffs.

Favre, who turns 38 in October, is still fairly mobile and his arm is as strong as ever. He will be trying to improve on his 72.7 passer rating from last season that was the third-lowest of his career, and a 56.0 completion percentage, his lowest ever.

Aaron Rodgers, the team's top pick in 2005, enters his third season in Green Bay as Favre's understudy. Rodgers again participated in Mike McCarthy's quarterbacks school this off-season, and is fully recovered from a broken foot that he sustained during a blowout loss to New England last November.

Rodgers, 23, is Green Bay's quarterback of the future whenever Favre decides to retire from football. He is as ready as ever to start, and it would be no surprise if he got the chance to start some games later in the season if Green Bay is out of the NFC playoff race.

Ingle Martin may draw some competition from free agent pickup Paul Thompson, but look for Martin to hold down the No. 3 spot at quarterback entering the season. He is much more comfortable with the offense, having spent the entire spring in Green Bay attending quarterbacks school with Rodgers. Martin should receive ample playing time during preseason games, which the coaching staff will use as a valuable measuring stick for his progress.

If Martin struggles in camp, the Packers may turn to the athletic Thompson, a former wide receiver at the University of Oklahoma. But Thompson appears destined for the team's eight-man practice squad.

The Packers are expected to retain three quarterbacks as part of their 53-man roster. Here is an early bird prediction on which three will be retained at the position:

1. Brett Favre
2. Aaron Rodgers
3. Ingle Martin


Todd Korth

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


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