Packers to push Hundley, monitor Rodgers
GREEN BAY - Coach Mike McCarthy said he has not changed the way he’s delegating snaps for the Green Bay Packers' four quarterbacks, but he said there may be a point when backup Brett Hundley winds up with as much work as Aaron Rodgers.
McCarthy hasn’t said Rodgers won’t play against Indianapolis in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 7, but there’s a pretty good chance he won’t, which means Hundley will see most of the action. In fact, Hundley will see the majority of action this summer with five exhibition games on the schedule.
It should translate into more prep time in practice for the backup.
“I mean, he’s going to have more opportunities. The fifth preseason game, nobody’s going to benefit from that more than Brett Hundley, no doubt,” McCarthy said. “We want to see Brett play as much as he possibly can and then from that make sure what’s going on around him and make sure you’re getting the other two guys their opportunities.”
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McCarthy will determine how much to limit Rodgers’ practice reps, if any, as camp goes along.
“If you look at the team periods yesterday, if you do track that, you wouldn’t see a big variance in rotation snaps of the 1 and 2 as opposed to prior years,” he said. “But on the other side of that, we are conscious of how much Aaron’s throwing the ball.”
NOTE: Nevada running back Don Jackson was released because of a hairline fracture in his jaw that could take up to three weeks to heal, a source said.
The Packers released Jackson with a non-football injury designation rather than put him on reserve list. It means Jackson is a free agent and may wind up with another team, but the Packers still have some interest in bringing him back when he’s healthy.
Jackson, signed as an undrafted free agent, gained 2,371 yards and 19 touchdowns on 528 carries (4.5 average) during three seasons at Nevada. The 5-10, 208-pound back went through OTAs and appeared to have a decent chance of competing with John Crockett for the third halfback position.