Notebook: Flynn closing ground on Brohm

Second-round pick Brian Brohm, however, remains the primary backup; and much more from Wednesday night's practice

Brian Brohm remains the Packers' No. 2 quarterback. Matt Flynn, however, is closing ground.

While neither lit the world on fire during Monday's preseason game, seventh-round pick Flynn outplayed second-round selection Brohm. Flynn's performance mirrored how he's fared in practice lately, and coach Mike McCarthy has taken notice.

"I think Matt's definitely closing the gap, there's no doubt about it," McCarthy said after Wednesday night's practice. "I think he's really been pushing Brian here probably about the last eight to 10 days. I think Matt is getting more comfortable. Brian was more comfortable quicker in the earlier part as far as the OTAs, understanding what we're doing. I think they're both good young prospects."

Both had strong practices on Wednesday.

In a red-zone drill against the No. 1 defense, Brohm hit Johnny Quinn for a touchdown against Charles Woodson, and Flynn hit Jordy Nelson in the back of the end zone. Later, Brohm threw perhaps his best deep ball of camp, hitting Jake Allen in stride.

Brohm was picked off by Tramon Williams in 7-on-7 and Woodson intercepted Flynn in the final 11-on-11 play of the night.

After getting to watch the preseason game again on film, quarterbacks coach Tom Clements said the same things of both rookies.

"Like any rookie in his first game, he did some good things and did some things he needs to learn from," Clements said of Brohm. "Brian's the type of kid that learns from his mistakes, so we're looking for him to just get better and not repeat those mistakes."

During a midafternoon news conference, general manager Ted Thompson said the team isn't in hot pursuit of a veteran to be Aaron Rodgers' backup. After practice, McCarthy said he's happy with the rookie quarterbacks' progress.

"I've said it time and time again, them guys need to play," McCarthy said. "We knew this was going to take probably the full preseason to get those two guys ready, and we feel like we're on course to get that done."

The reps, however, won't change for Saturday night's game at San Francisco. Brohm will replace Rodgers, with Flynn closing the game.

Uneventful practice

With the team focusing on cleaning up errors from Monday and preparing for Saturday's game, there was only one live 11-on-11 session, a two-minute drill directed by Rodgers.

Trailing by four points, the offense started from its 40-yard line with 1:19 remaining and one timeout. Rodgers drove the ball to the defense's 15 — keyed by a pretty corner route to Donald Driver that picked up 25 yards. The drive stalled, though, with Rodgers throwing away a third-down pass before chucking the ball toward the back of the end zone as he was about to be sacked on fourth down.

Rodgers finished the drive 4-for-8. One incompletion was a pretty deep ball to Nelson that was perfectly defended by Jarrett Bush.

Along the lines

With only Orrin Thompson out among the offensive linemen, here's how they stacked up: Starters, from left: Chad Clifton, Jason Spitz, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton and Mark Tauscher. The No. 2 line, from left: Daryn Colledge, Allen Barbre, Junius Coston, Tony Moll and Breno Giacomini.

Quick hits

— Former Packers Dorsey Levens, Antonio Freeman and Marco Rivera spent time on the sideline.

— After a subpar performance Monday with one shank and one block, punter Jon Ryan got quite a workout. It was easily his busiest day in camp. He kicked 12 balls in a mostly live session, and practiced his coffin-corner kicks before and after.

— Allen and Quinn had drops. Driver made a brilliant one-handed catch on a crossing route near the sideline, and Chris Francies — whose drop led to an interception on Monday — also made a nice catch.

— Brohm fumbled a snap from Junius Coston.

— Rodgers was sharp again. He hit Donald Lee twice for touchdowns, the first on a nice play fake and later when he threaded the needle against linebacker Tracy White. He also hit James Jones on a seam route between two defenders for a big play.

— Tony Moll went 3-0 in pass-blocking drills. His final win was over Johnny Jolly, and the two got into a scuffle. There was a bigger shoving match later after a running play.

Will Blackmon took some reps as the nickel corner, a role held by Tramon Williams.

Up next

The Packers practice once on Thursday, at 10:45 a.m. There is no open practice on Friday as the team holds a walk-through before playing at 8 p.m. (CDT) Saturday at San Francisco. There is no practice on Sunday, and a 6:30 p.m. practice on Monday.

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at

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