Could the Green Bay Packers give up on DeShone Kizer already as Aaron Rodgers’ backup?
That’s one of the questions head coach Matt LaFleur will have to answer as he and general manager Brian Gutekunst examine the roster in preparation for free agency and the draft.
Kizer clearly has some skills given he was a second round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2017, but he has shown little development in his two professional seasons. That much is obvious given his terrible performance in the Packers’ 31-0 loss to conclude the 2018 season.
Given that the Packers’ hopes ride on Rodgers staying healthy, shouldn’t the Packers invest in at least a competent veteran backup? Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and even the Chicago Bears stayed afloat this season thanks to Nick Foles and Chase Daniel’s solid performances when their starters went down.
The Packers also could spend an earlier pick on a quarterback in the draft but then they might have to wait for that pick to develop as well and Kizer has shown nothing that the NFL game has slowed down for him so that option should be out.
As for Tim Boyle, don’t let the preseason hype fool you. He’d have just as tough a time adjusting as Kizer has.
The best option for Green Bay is to go get a veteran backup. There will be plenty of options come free agency.
There’s more on the Packers’ backup quarterback situation plus why Jimmy Graham isn’t the only veteran tight end Green Bay should hang onto in today’s cheese curds.
When you throw in the health issues Rodgers has had the last two seasons, it seems the roster is screaming for a veteran backup. Hopefully LaFleur and Gutekunst listen.
JK Scott isn’t kidding around when he said he had some ups and downs during his rookie season and hopefully a new special teams coordinator can make the most of a punter whose leg was a weapon at Alabama.
Marcedes Lewis was underutilized under former coach Mike McCarthy as both a receiver and a blocker and given LaFleur’s dedication to a consistent running game to set up the pass, bringing Lewis back would form a solid tandem with Graham in the new offense where their skills could actually be properly showcased.
Anyone who lives in Wisconsin knows grocery stores are ghost towns during Packers games. A late UW-Oshkosh professor who usually shopped during games found that interesting so he learned about football and became a fan.
No word if the rabbit has a mean streak a mile wide. Better not risk a frontal assault, that rabbit is dynamite.