B.J. Coleman will get far more attention from and work with the Packers’ coaching staff in the offseason when he goes through coach Mike McCarthy’s quarterbacks school for the first time.
As a member of the Packers' practice squad and de facto No. 3 quarterback, Coleman doesn’t get many 11-on-11 snaps in practice, because Aaron Rodgers gets almost all the snaps with the starters, and backup Graham Harrell gets most with the scout team. Coleman also doesn't get much attention in most meetings, which are geared for the players who will be executing each week's game.
“We spend some extra time in meetings together,” said Ben McAdoo, the Packers’ quarterbacks coach. “He definitely puts the work into it with the other young linemen and works through the protections every week preparing like he’s going to play in the game. He writes some individual scouting reports on some of the (opposing defensive backs) and takes some (scout) team reps on the field. But more in individual drills, he goes through all our footwork stuff. He’s coming along.”
The Packers selected Coleman in the seventh round of this year’s draft, and though he didn’t make the final roster, he improved significantly during camp and should provide legitimate competition for Harrell for the backup job next year.
“It will be nice to see him develop more in (offseason practices) and training camp,” McAdoo said. “Put it that way. I’m not going to put too much out there.”
Coleman should benefit greatly from the quarterbacks school, which has played a major role in the Packers’ development of quarterbacks under McCarthy. The school starts at the most basic level of quarterbacking, both in fundamentals and learning the offense. The physical work emphasizes footwork. In their study of the offense the quarterbacks review every play from the previous season and review the concepts the offense is built on.
Coleman’s greatest asset is his strong throwing arm, so the school will be his best chance to refine his skills.
“He can make all the throws he needs to make,” McAdoo said. “He can definitely put some heat on the ball when he needs to.”