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.
Behind the established quarterbacks on the Packers' roster, it seems entirely likely that Green Bay will keep a third on the 53-man for the second year in a row. This offseason, Ted Thompson brought in two new quarterbacks to compete for jobs behind Aaron Rodgers, one of whom represents the best potential for a Mike McCarthy development project in recent memory.
Here are the two new quarterbacks on the Packers' 90-man roster.
Matt Blanchard (#6)
Acquired: Free agent signing, April 15, 2015
H/W: 6'3", 223 pounds
Career Stats: none
Contract Details: One year, $435,000
This former UW-Whitewater quarterback arrives in Green Bay after spending much of last season with the Carolina Panthers. He entered the league with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent, but worked through some injuries throughout his first few years in the NFL.
Unfortunately for Blanchard's job prospects with the Packers, the next player on this list was drafted a few weeks after his signing, significantly diminishing his chances of making the roster. Still, reports out of offseason practices suggest that Blanchard is performing well and already has a good early grasp of the offense, which should at least give him a shot at making the team.
Brett Hundley (#7)
Acquired: 2015 fifth-round draft pick (#147 overall)
H/W: 6'3", 226 pounds
College Stats: 837-1,239 (67.6%), 9,966 yards, 75 touchdowns, 25 interceptions, 151.1 college passer rating; 479 rushes, 1,747 yards (3.6 average), 30 touchdowns
Contract Details: four years, $2,503,632 total value; $223,632 signing bonus
Hundley, a three-year starter at UCLA, was a prolific passer and runner at the college level but questions about his decision-making and pocket presence dropped him to the fifth round of the 2015 draft. He possesses impressive physical tools, however, and is the best athlete at the position to come through Green Bay in a long time. It's likely that Alex Van Pelt and Mike McCarthy will want to overhaul his throwing mechanics over the next year while Hundley learns the playbook.
For now, Hundley is working hard to immerse himself in the Packers' offense, a difficult task to be sure for a rookie quarterback. Given the draft assets used to select him, it would be a surprise to see him left off the final roster, and he will look to show an improved command of the offense in training camp.