With Aaron Rodgers potentially out for the season with a broken collarbone, where will the Green Bay Packers go from here? Will they sign Tony Romo? Or perhaps Colin Kaepernick?
Will Brinson doesn’t think so. In fact, he thinks the Packers (4-2) already have their quarterback.
“I think they’re going to go with Brett Hundley,” the CBS Sports senior NFL writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I think this is not the Packers being in denial about the situation or attempting to avoid Kaepernick or attempting to avoid another big-name former quarterback out there. I don’t think they’re going to go after Tony Romo. I don’t think they’re going after Colin Kaepernick. I think they know that they have, in-house, a young man that they drafted and selected on purpose to be a backup – a guy with a ton of upside and a live arm coming out of UCLA, a guy that can be mobile. He’s not Aaron Rodgers, but he can do some stuff.”
Hundley, however, didn’t do a whole lot against Minnesota. He finished 18-of-33 for 157 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in a 23-10 loss. He was also sacked four time.
“He didn’t look great yesterday,” Brinson said, “but he went up against a Vikings defense that might be the best in the league for all we know – on short notice, with no real game plan. Now the Packers have a situation where the Saints are coming to Green Bay. (The Saints defense) has actually looked a lot better. I think the Saints are actually pretty good on defense, but I’ll trust Mike McCarthy (to get Hundley ready).”
Handley, 24, is in his third season in Green Bay. The 2015 fifth-round draft pick has just 21 completions in his NFL career.
“It takes some time to learn that Mike McCarthy offense,” Brinson said. “You can’t just dive right in and work with these receivers. He has the most experience, he’s their guy, and worst-case scenario, maybe he plays fairly well and you trade him for a second-round pick next offseason. Best-case scenario, he catches fire, and for all we know, Rodgers could be back for the playoffs. I think it’s a long shot, but I also think it’s possible. I just think Hundley has the most familiarity with the system, he has the upside, he’s the backup they wanted, and they’re going to roll with him. Now if he looks like trash against the Saints and they get blasted by New Orleans at home, maybe they totally revisit this over the bye week. But I think they’d like to see how he looks in that first week (as a starter).”
Sunday’s kickoff against the Saints (3-2) is slated for 1 p.m. ET.