While Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he was going to play this week against the Oakland Raiders, his snaps during practice tell a different story.
Of course, it was undrafted rookie Joe Callahan that started against Cleveland last Friday and this week, with Brett Hundley back, he seems on target to start Thursday night against the Raiders.
There has been no official announcement from the Packers, but the fact that Rodgers has been practicing with the scout team the last two days, means he probably won’t dress if past practice habits are any indication of Green Bay’s current thinking.
Hundley has also been getting most of the reps with the No.1 offense this week and it makes sense that the Packers want to see what he can do.
Last preseason, Hundley played well enough to earn a roster spot, but now he needs to show he can be a legitimate backup to Rodgers, a job he could hold for the next three years.
Certainly, Rodgers will need to see the field at some point this preseason, but he can still play a good chunk of the third game and if that goes well, head coach Mike McCarthy may say that all he needs to see.
The other factor is the Packers now have an interesting battle brewing for the third QB job. Now, whoever wins it, Callahan or Marquise Williams, will be on the practice squad, but that’s not a bad gig, especially in Green Bay.
To me, the Packers want to see what their young quarterbacks can do and at least in these early games, it seems they view that as more important than preparing Rodgers for another season.
And since the third game is the dress rehearsal, the Raiders game may be the only one left that will give Hundley a chance to to see significant snaps against top competition from opponents.