Last August was an unfortunate waste for Brett Hundley.
The Green Bay Packers' second-year quarterback was expected to build on his strong rookie preseason performances by showing an even better command of the team's offense during 2016's training camp, which would see him grab hold of the backup job behind Aaron Rodgers. Instead, Hundley suffered an ankle injury early on in camp, and barely saw any playing time throughout the preseason.
Meanwhile, Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams got nearly all of the game snaps during the preseason, with Callahan making the roster out of camp as the #3 behind Hundley. Although neither backup saw any significant playing time in 2016, thanks to a healthy year by Rodgers, Hundley enters his third season knowing that he has a great opportunity to showcase his improved understanding of the offense and mechanics with big exhibition performances.
Hundley spoke about that during the Packers' Tailgate Tour, which got underway this week as he and several other current and former players are visiting sites around Wisconsin and the UP for the next week.
Packers back on the road for annual Tailgate Tour | Packers.com
This week's tour features current players Aaron Ripkowski, Jake Ryan, and Brett Hundley, as well as a trio of great Packers players from the early 2000s. In the last decade, these annual events have raised over $2 million for charity.
Hundley expects market value to keep rising | Packersnews.com
The Packers' backup QB is no dummy -- with Aaron Rodgers' recent comments about hoping to play into his 40s, Hundley knows he's not being trained to be the two-time MVP's replacement in Green Bay. What he does see is teams considering trading significant assets for talented backups or giving unproven quarterbacks big money to start, and that is motivating him to have a big third season.
Aaron Ripkowski's beard will return but Packers FB hopes fumbles won't | ESPN.com
Everyone can rest assured that Ripkowski's neatly-trimmed facial hair will revert to its mountain man style in short order. As he put it, "I can't go clean-shaven too long. It's not my thing." Same here, Rip.
Packers’ biggest draft need is not running back | Packers Wire
Preach! Certain media members - even ones who exclusively cover the Packers - seem to be a bit obsessed with a perceived lack of talent at running back, but that argument completely ignores the value of running backs relative to other positions.
2017 NFL Three-Round Mock Draft | PFF
PFF's first 3-round mock of the year does not have the Packers taking a cornerback (or a running back, for that matter), instead looking at an edge rusher, a receiver, and an inside linebacker.
Tony Romo '99 percent' sure he won't play in NFL again - NFL.com
SO YOU'RE SAYING THERE'S A CHANCE! Just wait, this will be Brett Favre's summer of 2009 all over again.
Amazon will stream ‘Thursday Night Football’ in 2017. Here’s what you need to know - SBNation.com
To make a long story short, this won't affect anyone who can still watch the games on regular TV, whether that is on CBS, NBC, or the NFL Network. But if you want to watch online, you'll need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber.