Over the next few weeks, we will break down each position on the Green Bay Packers' 2015 roster in detail, discussing each player and making our predictions for the final 53-man roster.
Today we begin our look at the Green Bay Packers' 2015 roster as the team approaches training camp, and we start with the logical place - the quarterbacks. Two of last year's three signal-callers return for the 2015 season - one fresh off a year that earned him some major hardware and the other looking to escalate his role from the #3 quarterback to the primary backup.
Here are the quarterbacks who return to the Packers for another season.
H/W: 6'2", 225 pounds
NFL Seasons: 10
2014 stats: 16 starts; 341-520 (65.6%), 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 112.2 passer rating; 43 carries, 269 yards (6.3 average), 2 touchdowns
Career Stats: 110 games, 103 stats; 2,286-3,475 (65.8%), 28,578 yards, 226 touchdowns, 57 interceptions, 106.0 passer rating; 376 carries, 1,831 yards (4.9 average), 20 touchdowns
Awards: Super Bowl MVP (2010), NFL MVP (2011, 2014)
Contract Details: Signed through 2019; $1 million base salary, $10.1 million roster bonus, $500,000 workout bonus for 2015
The best player in football remains in Green Bay, as Aaron Rodgers is under contract for the next five seasons. After missing seven games in 2013 due to a broken collarbone, Rodgers returned healthy for 2014 and set the world on fire once again on his way to a second MVP award. Even as he struggled through a calf injury, he was able to play through pain; the increased use of the pistol formation helped ease the burden on his leg over the last few games, and he showed that he could be equally effective from the pocket as well as on the move. He'll be the early favorite to earn another MVP award in 2015.
H/W: 6'2", 213 pounds
NFL Seasons: 4
2014 Stats: None
Career Stats: 3 games, 2 starts; 55-90 (61.1%), 717 yards, 1 touchdown, 5 interceptions, 66.8 passer rating; 5 rushes, 55 yards (11.0 average), 1 touchdown
Contract Details: One year, $1.35 million; $990,000 base salary, $100,000 signing bonus, $100,000 workout bonus, $160,000 in per-game roster bonuses
A year after spending the entire season as the third quarterback on the depth chart and suiting up just once on the active roster, Tolzien enters 2015 as Rodgers' primary backup with Matt Flynn's departure. His command of the offense and physical tools have both improved over the past year, with his mechanics undergoing an overhaul and his legendary work ethic being put to good use. Even last year, he clearly possessed a better arm than Flynn, but lagged behind the veteran in the mental aspects of the game. It would take a major surprise for Tolzien to be unseated by either of the newcomers.