Now that the day has arrived for the Green Bay Packers to start looking ahead for life without Brett Favre as their starting QB, what route will the team go when it comes to the starting and backup quarterback positions? The obvious thought is that it’s finally going to be a time for former first-round pick Aaron Rodgers to get his shot at showing what he can do.
Rodgers, the teams first round pick, 24th overall in the 2005 draft, will be installed as the starter, as it’s been in the Packers plans for him to take the QB spot from day one when Favre stepped down. Rodgers has only played in seven pro games in three seasons, and this past year got the most amount of playing time of the three years, throwing 28 passes, completing 20, for 218 yards with one TD.
As far as the backup role, the rumormill is running that the Pack will look for an experienced backup just in case Rodgers does not pan out long term, or gets hurt. The first backup the team may have interest in is Quinn Gray, who was the backup to David Garrard in 2007 in Jacksonville.
Gray was replaced by Cleo Lemon in J-Ville, but plenty of teams still feel he has some talent and ability, and he showed that last season when he stepped in for an injured Garrard and led the Jags to a 2-1 record. In 8 games last year, Gray had a QB rating of 85.6, throwing 10 TD’s and 5 interceptions.
Look for the Pack to keep their eyes open for a backup for Rodgers, but they should and likely will give Gray a long look. They could do a lot worse than him.