With future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely out for the rest of the regular season, the Packers turn to Brett Hundley. So, what can we expect from Brett Hundley?
In the 2015 NFL Draft, the quarterback class had two studs in Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. After that, no one was considered to be a franchise quarterback.
Among critics, UCLA QB Brett Hundley was considered to be one of the better QBs in this class, yet fell to the fifth round where the Packers found their backup QB.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein outlined his strength and weaknesses while at UCLA in his draft report, saying that he has athletic talent, but his style of play and decision making skills made him more of a project QB. For these reasons, Hundley being drafted by the Packers was a match made in heaven.
We all remember when the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers late in the first round to sit behind Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. That decision paid dividends for Green Bay, considering Rodgers is considered to be one of the top three quarterbacks in the league. Although drafting a QB in the fifth round is not nearly as big of an investment as snagging one in the first round, the act of drafting Hundley and letting him learn from Rodgers shows that Hundley is more than just a backup for the Packers.
Since there is limited footage of the current Brett Hundley play, it is hard to dissect how his play style has developed since college, but his Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints showed that he still has some flaws. Completing 12/25 of his passes for 87 yards and 1 interception, it wasn’t an impressive outing for Hundley.
There is still hope, however, as one shaky game is not a fair assessment of his play. Through film study and practicing certain concepts, Hundley can collect himself after the Packers’ Week 8 bye and have a strong performance on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions in Week 9.
If Hundley finishes this season on a high note and guides the Packers to the playoffs, the Packers will have a few options which bode well in their favour. Of course, they can keep him and have a solid backup QB who knows the system. Hundley can become trade bait for QB-needy teams who would be willing to trade draft picks.
So, what can we expect from Brett Hundley? Well, if he learns from mentor Aaron Rodgers and can break down defences better, Hundley can lead Green Bay to the Packers. If he does poorly, the Packers will have to wait for star QB Aaron Rodgers to come back to full health.