Matt Flynn entered the weekend with no expectations.
He's seen how the business works, the good and the ugly. The NFL can induce over-the-top celebrations, and it can be brutally cold.
Rarely is the final result in between.
So, in his mind, Flynn avoided predicting whether the Green Bay Packers would retain two or three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. When the cuts came and three quarterbacks remained, with him and Scott Tolzien behind Aaron Rodgers, Flynn was pleased to see a decision that made everyone happy.
"I didn't want to get confident," Flynn said. "I really, as big of a cop out as it sounds, I tried not to think about it. Yeah, I was nervous just like everybody else was. Well, 75 percent of the people. I didn't really know what to expect, what to think.
"I'm happy we're all three here. I think we all deserved it, and now it's about getting No. 12 ready."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Flynn will be the No. 2 quarterback when Green Bay opens its season against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. Flynn must be ready in case he's needed, but he and Tolzien must also be there for Rodgers.
Now, the goal changes. No longer are Flynn and Tolzien battling each other for a roster spot. Rodgers said he's happy the competition ended with Flynn and Tolzien on the depth chart together.
"It's great because you spend a lot of time with those guys, pull for them, help 'em out in the game," Rodgers said. "I was calling some of the plays in that last game. Excited for them playing so well. They both deserve to be on the roster, and it's good to have them both in the room."
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