Flynn-Tolzien battle turns to preseason games

Pete Dougherty
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The Green Bay Packers probably will have Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien split snaps with the No. 2 offense in preseason games in their battle for the backup quarterback job, starting Saturday night at Tennessee.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn throws during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Flynn is the incumbent and front-runner for the job, but Tolzien -- starting with his performance on Family Night on Saturday -- has kept in the running.

Starter Aaron Rodgers probably will play only a series or two at Tennessee, which means Flynn and Tolzien will split most or even the rest of the game, depending on whether the Packers give rookie Chase Rettig a series or two.

The Packers were to hold their game-management meeting later Thursday, so they haven't determined the exact playing-time plans at any position. But Flynn and Tolzien are likely to get equal work with the top backups at other positions.

"If you're going to make it a competition you need to see them both on equal ground, so to speak," quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said.

Though Rettig took only a couple of team snaps in the first week of practice, he's been getting more work this week, including running a two-minute drill and with the scout team running Tennessee's offense. In the two-minute drill, he took the No. 3 offense to a touchdown against the No. 3 defense.

"He showed up this week," Van Pelt said. "I thought this was his best week of practice as well, ran a two-minute drill real well, got us in the end zone, threw some nice completions when he was in there with our offense, which was nice to see. It's going to be tough obviously to get him in, but in fairness to him he needs to be on the field. He's earned the right to go out and play."

In 47 games at Boston College, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Rettig completed 55.2 percent of his passes, threw for 8,263 yards, 52 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. His greatest asset has been his classroom work picking up the offense, Van Pelt said.

"On the field, the things that stand out are arm strength. He does have a live arm," Van Pelt said. "Just getting his feet in rhythm with his body is where we are (working) with him, just trying to slow him down a little bit in his drop, fix his drop a little bit. He gets a little heavy (i.e., wide stance) at the end of the drop. That's little fundamental things we work on. He does bring some arm talent out there. No question he can zip it."

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