It is never good news when your starting quarterback is carted off the field, especially when it is Aaron Rodgers. However, the Packers do have a capable backup quarterback in Brett Hundley, the only other quarterback on the Green Bay roster.
While Hundley came into the NFL as an accomplished college quarterback at UCLA, we have a limited sample size of Hundley as a pro. Prior to entering the game for Rodgers, Hundley had played in five games over his three seasons in the league. Hundley had thrown for a total of 17 passing yards and one touchdown in three years.
Hundley does not have much NFL experience, but has been able to learn the game from one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Rodgers.
After his promising freshman season in 2012, Hundley was once thought to be one of the top NFL quarterback prospects. Hundley took a bit of a step back his next two seasons, and his game was also picked apart by NFL evaluators.
Hundley threw for 3,155 yards and 22 touchdowns his junior season at UCLA. He threw for 9,966 yards, 75 touchdowns and 25 interceptions over his three seasons with the Bruins. Hundley’s best statistical season came his freshman year when he threw for 3,740 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Like Rodgers, Hundley has the ability to punish defenses with his legs. During his final college season, Hundley also rushed for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hundley was able to show off his athleticism during the NFL Combine.
He ran a 4.63 40-time, had a 36″ vertical and jumped 120″ in the broad jump. At 6’3″ and 226 pounds, Hundley has good size for an NFL quarterback.
The awareness in the pocket, the feel for the game. You’ll see a ‘wow’ throw, and then you’ll see a ‘what?’ throw. That’s what concerns me about Brett Hundley. He just needs to be more consistent. He needs time to develop, and with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, he’s going to get all the time he needs.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock also noted Hundley was a bit raw coming out of college.
When he’s good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, it gets ugly. …
He’s so far away from being a consistent starting quarterback that he’s a year or two down the road. I happen to like the fact that he’s going to Green Bay. They’re so well-coached in an NFL-style pass offense that this kid will get immersed behind one of the best quarterbacks ever.
Hundley has been given a lot more time to develop than most young quarterbacks. With three years sitting behind Rodgers, Hundley is capable of coming in and running the Packers offense.
Having seen what Hundley was capable of in college, the Packers can still compete with Hundley after Rodgers is expected to miss extended time with a broken collarbone. However, there is cause for concern with the sheer amount of injuries the Packers offense has sustained. Green Bay is already without Ty Montgomery, and Davante Adams has also been in and out of the lineup.
The Packers dangled their backup quarterback [Brett Hundley] on the trade market and came close to making a deal on the second day of the draft. Now it appears they’ll likely hang on to him for another year, but expect them to move him before he enters the final year of his contract in 2018. They believe they can get much more in return than the fifth-round pick they invested in him in 2015.
Here’s some of Hundley’s best highlights from his time at UCLA.