By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78
It’s been quite the week for Packers fans! Green Bay traded back up quarterback Brett Hundley to Seattle on Wednesday, meaning DeShone Kizer will be the No. 2 quarterback this season. In the trade, the Packers received a sixth-round draft pick for 2019.
If you’ve been reading my articles the past few seasons, you know how happy this makes me! I have never had much confidence in Hundley. His lack of consistency has always frustrated me. Perhaps he can perform better for the Seahawks.
Packers fans hoped he’d learn from QB Aaron Rodgers, but maybe he will work more effectively under QB Russell Wilson. They are a bit more similar in their game-play. Though Kizer went 0-15 last season as a starter in Cleveland, I’ve always wanted him to win the No. 2 QB job in Green Bay. I feel like once Kizer was added, the writing was on the wall for Hundley.
Did you find this trade surprising?
Interestingly, there are rumors that the Packers might end up with three quarterbacks. They could keep undrafted rookie QB Tim Boyle on the roster as well. This is reminiscent of last season, but the Packers have other pressing needs this year – specifically at running back and in the secondary. Keeping a third quarterback would limit bringing in a player at one of those positions.
Any other news coming out of Green Bay this week? OH RIGHT. Aaron Rodgers signed an extension with the Green Bay Packers. The largest deal in NFL history. The extension includes nearly $103 million total in guarantees, an NFL record amount, and has an annual average value of $33.5 million, according to Adam Schefter. This breaks down to Rodgers earning around $400,000 EVERY DAY for the next 200 days.
Aaron Rodgers new deal with the Packers will be worth $176 million to $180 million total, per source. Big feature is cash flow: $67m before end of calendar, over $80m before St. Patrick’s Day next year, $103m practically guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2018
We’re down to the wire as final rosters are due this weekend – final cuts are due at 4:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday. Who will Green Bay end up with at the wide receiver position? Three spots are locked in for Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Geronimo Allison. Green Bay also drafted WRs J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown.
If the Packers are then willing to keep seven receivers, the final roster spot will most likely come down to Trevor Davis and Jake Kumerow. Davis is fast and good on special teams, but he’s been injured for most of training camp. Kumerow seems to show more potential as a receiver, but now he’s injured, as well. This leads me to think Davis might play in tonight’s game vs the Chiefs, giving him a better chance for a roster spot.
Another Packer on the roster bubble is safety Marwin Evans. If the Packers keep five safeties, Evans will make the team. However, the Packers might only keep four. While Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has had a lackluster preseason, most likely he will still join safeties Kentrell Brice, Josh Jones, and defensive back Jermaine Whitehead.
I’ll be watching the tight end competition in the final preseason game as well. Currently, the Packers have Jimmy Graham, Lance Kendricks, Emanuel Byrd, Kevin Rader, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan and Ryan Smith. We know Graham is a Packer – he led the NFL in touchdowns at the tight end position last season. Lewis is also going to make the roster, so the real battle comes down to who will take the No. 3 tight end spot between Byrd, Tonyan, and Kendricks.
I’d love to know your early 53-man roster projections ahead of the final preseason game!
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