Rodgers needs as many snaps as possible to build chemistry and get comfortable in his new role, and the Packers will want to give Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn a decent chance to see if either is worthy of being the No. 2 as a rookie.
If neither Brohm nor Flynn prove up to the task, it's possible general manager Ted Thompson will scour the free-agent list to see who's a good fit in terms of West Coast skills, talent and willingness to take a back seat to Rodgers.
Some possibilities, from Scout.com's Adam Caplan's list of top available free agents:
— Tim Rattay: He got quality playing time for Tampa Bay in 2006, posting a passer rating of 88.2 with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
— Quinn Gray: The Packers showed some interest during free agency, but Gray signed with Houston. The Texans, though, released him this month. That's not a good sign, though he did throw 12 touchdowns against five interceptions for Jacksonville last season.
— Craig Nall: Signed with the Packers after Rodgers was injured last season, and didn't embarrass himself in mopup duty against Detroit in Week 17.
— Daunte Culpepper: As a stopgap, he'd be a poor fit, since he thinks he has the goods to be a starter. Plus, his erratic arm isn't a match for the West Coast offense. But, if Rodgers were to suffer a season-ending injury, Culpepper is the most talented quarterback on the market.
In an e-mail, Caplan listed three quarterbacks who are employed but could be out of a job this fall:
— A.J. Feeley, the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback, has West Coast experience. If the Packers elected to acquire Feeley in a trade, he's under contract through 2010 and will make $900,000 this season.
Caplan said Feeley would be the best fit.
"Feeley can't be very happy being demoted to third-string and he would have a better chance of playing in Green Bay if Rodgers got hurt or struggled," Caplan wrote in his e-mail.
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