The Green Bay Packers made a big move to settle their quarterback room on Wednesday morning, trading backup Brett Hundley to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. The obvious fallout from this decision is that DeShone Kizer has earned the right to back up Aaron Rodgers and will be the second quarterback on the Packers’ 53-man roster when final cuts come down on Saturday.
However, the status of undrafted rookie Tim Boyle remained a bit of a question. Boyle impressed in the first two games of the preseason before seeing no action in game three. However, the Packers apparently are so impressed with him that they are unwilling to expose him to waivers and try to get him onto their practice squad for this season.
That news comes from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, who reports that the Packers currently plan to keep both Kizer and Boyle on the 53-man roster.
Seeing this decision immediately brings to mind parallels to the 2017 preseason. Last year, the Packers had an established backup in Hundley, but they saw an undrafted rookie, Taysom Hill, impress in preseason action. Rather than keeping three quarterbacks on the active roster, they cut Hill and exposed him to waivers in an attempt to get him onto their practice squad. However, the New Orleans Saints claimed Hill for their active roster, preventing the Packers from retaining him.
It appears that missing out on Hill is affecting the Packers’ decision-making process this summer. Boyle has showed a strong arm in camp and has played well, but the fact remains that he is an undrafted rookie who threw more interceptions than touchdowns in college. Furthermore, the Packers are facing difficult numbers games at other positions on the roster, such as running back, offensive line, and in the secondary. Keeping a third quarterback would mean that the team would have to subtract another player from one of those other positions.
Final cuts are due at 4:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday. Stay tuned to APC for full coverage of the Packers’ preseason finale in Kansas City on Thursday and all of cut-down weekend.