Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn passes during the Family
Night practice of NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug.
2, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY —
Matt Flynn knows better than to worry about a numbers game at this
juncture of training camp.
Having his number
called at any point in a game played in August is OK with Flynn, a
seven-year NFL quarterback in his second stint with the Green Bay
to me, is always just a blast to go out there and play,"
Flynn said Thursday.
A day after Mike
McCarthy confirmed Aaron Rodgers would make his belated preseason
debut, the Green Bay coach wasn't ready to say who would be next
up at quarterback when the Packers play a preseason game at St.
Louis on Saturday.
With the team off
the field Thursday, McCarthy said the decision on who gets the
first chance to run the offense after Rodgers against the Rams
should come Friday.
practice will determine that once we get through that,"
Flynn and Scott
Tolzien received significant playing time with Rodgers held out of
Green Bay's first game last weekend.
Flynn made the
start and played most of the first half in the Packers' 20-16 loss
at Tennessee on a rainy Saturday night.
But Tolzien put
up better stats when he had his chance in the challenging weather
conditions and may have earned an extended look next time.
great battle," tight end Brandon Bostick said.
Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (12) talks with Green
Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) after the Titans
defeated the Packers 20-16 in a preseason NFL football game
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn
second-year player, played with Tolzien and Flynn during part of a
trying stretch of seven games in the second half of last season
when Rodgers was sidelined with a collarbone injury.
Those two capable
backups, who combined for six starts in Rodgers' absence, weren't
with Green Bay at this time last year.
Tolzien spent the
first two months of the season on the Packers' practice squad
after they signed him at the end of the preseason following his
release from the San Francisco 49ers.
with Green Bay, the team that took him in the seventh round of the
2008 draft, as a reinforcement just a week after Rodgers was
injured in early November.
Flynn led the
Packers to two critical wins in December to keep them in
contention to repeat as NFC North champions when Rodgers returned
for the last week of the regular season.
After Green Bay
retained Flynn by signing the free agent to a one-year contract in
April, many thought he had the inside track for the No. 2 job.
Flynn had the same role behind Rodgers from 2008-11 before leaving
the Packers in free agency to sign with Seattle in 2012.
benefited from being in Green Bay's offseason program for the
first time, and the former University of Wisconsin standout has
been pushing Flynn in training camp.
gym-rat kind of guy," Rodgers said of Tolzien, a fourth-year
pro. "He spends a lot of time at the facility, he's always
very well prepared, knows the scheme well. For him, it's just
about reps and keeping his confidence at a high level."
The progress for
Tolzien continued in the first preseason game. He replaced Flynn
late in the first half and played into the fourth quarter before
giving way to undrafted rookie Chase Rettig.
In his three
series of work, Tolzien went 8 of 12 for 124 yards with a passer
rating of 100.7.
great to see Scott do that," Bostick said. "I'm sure it
was confidence boost for him, so he's just trying to build on what
he did last week."
Flynn was 5 of 10 for 49 yards with a passer rating of 64.2 in
five series, played mostly in a rainstorm.
disappointed in some of my efficiency passing just because I
didn't handle the ball well," Flynn said. "It was a wet,
heavy ball, and I didn't handle it as well as I would have liked
decision-making, I take away positives from that. I felt like all
of my decisions I was going to the right place at the right time,
I was on time, I just wasn't able to throw it like I wanted
Whether he is the
No. 2 or No. 3 QB going into Saturday's game, Flynn won't have to
worry about handling a wet ball inside St. Louis' dome.
matter who goes in when, it's just about people getting reps and
about people showcasing their knowledge and being able to make
plays," Flynn said.
wouldn't say whether WR Jordy Nelson will play Saturday. The
veteran starter missed the game at Tennessee with a hamstring
injury, but returned to practice Tuesday. "Jordy is on course
to practice tomorrow," McCarthy said. "He practiced
yesterday. Once we get through practice, we'll determine the final
play-time expectations for all of our guys. But he looks
good." ... RB Eddie Lacy is looking to play for the first
time in the preseason Saturday after missing the opener as a
healthy scratch. "I believe so, but probably not a lot,"
Lacy said Thursday, when asked whether he expects to play
Saturday. The Packers have been limiting Lacy's workload in the