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QB Brett Hundley - Green Bay Packers

6-3, 226Born: 6-15-1993College: UCLADrafted: Round 5

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General News (Mon Nov 20): will remain the starter after turning it over four times in Week 11, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Week 12: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. It's sad to have to be this blunt, but through 4+ games in relief of future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley has shown little sign that he belongs starting NFL games. He's always impressed in preseason play, as the team has routinely showcased him for trade value, but looks to be in woefully over his head now that the games count. Struggling to make quick reads and holding the ball far too long on a Tom Savage level, Hundley has completed just 60.8% of his throws, with a truly pitiful 3.12 adjusted net yards per attempt (factors in sacks and interceptions). Even after he looked set to turn some kind of corner in Weeks 9 and 10, Hundley regressed badly last Sunday, taking 6 sacks and coughing up 4 turnovers in a shutout loss. There is a little fantasy utility to be mined from here: Davante Adams has emerged as his go-to target, averaging 6.7 receptions for 89.7 yards over the last 3 weeks. But it seems foolhardy to expect any kind of stability, even in that connection. This passing game looks unlikely to produce much of note until/if Rodgers returns in Week 15, and there's major implosion potential against this fierce Steelers defense. Like their run unit, the Steelers pass defense has been elite for most of the season, more so than any unit aside from that of the Jaguars. Pittsburgh is allowing the league's fourth-fewest net yards per attempt and third-fewest yards per game, and only Jacksonville has given up fewer touchdowns. Granted, the Steelers have faced an absurdly soft schedule of quarterbacks, and the last 2 good ones they've faced (Matthew Stafford and Marcus Mariota) have produced 423 and 306 yards. But it needs to be pointed out that Stafford and the Lions were shut out of the end zone, and that much of Mariota's production came on 2 long completions and in garbage time during a 40-17 game. The Steelers intercepted Mariota four times - the first game in his career with more than two picks - and allowed virtually nothing of consequence aside from those two long balls. This remains a suffocating unit, one that's iffy in coverage but stymies quarterbacks and severely disrupts their connections with receivers, even without cornerback Joe Haden. Haden's Week 11 replacement, Coty Sensabaugh, was dominant aside from the long score he allowed to Rishard Matthews. He'll have more pressure on him against Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, but it's hard to imagine underwater Packers quarterback Brett Hundley making much real noise against this unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
9 vs DET 59 26 38 245 0 0 4 22 1 0 20.45
10 at CHI 66 18 25 212 1 0 2 16 0 0 16.2
11 vs BAL 67 21 36 239 0 3 3 19 0 1 9.85
12 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 21 34 * * * 3 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 22 36 * * * 3 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 18 31 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs BAL (21 / 36 / 239 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)

Hundley had a disastrous opening to the game with interceptions on his first two possessions. He would go on to fumble the ball later and throw another interception. Hundley was a mess, and while some of that was because he was often pressured, plenty of that was Hundley just not being good. He misses receivers, sometimes not even seeing them, makes poor choices and is clearly not ready for prime time even after three years in coach Mike McCarthy's system. While the Packers are sticking with him, and he has played better, it's clear he is not going to get the job done by any means.

2017 Week 10 vs CHI (18 / 25 / 212 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

Hundley's previous three starts were concerning, but this was almost like watching a different quarterback. While far from perfect, Hundley made better reads and decisions, avoided big mistakes and delivered some nice passes, most notably to Davante Adams, both for long gains. While the 42-yard strike was longer, the 19-yard touchdown was a better pass in a more critical moment. The Packers were on the Bears' 19-yard line, on a 2nd and 9, when Hundley rolled out to his right under pressure. He spied Adams at the right-front corner of the end zone and threw a nice pass to Adam's outside shoulder, where only his receiver could get it. While not as sharp a pass as Aaron Rodgers would throw, it was similar in positioning and accuracy and a hopeful step towards seeing more of this in an offense used to it on a regular basis. Hundley did pull a hamstring while running during the game, but played through it and is slated to start against Baltimore next week.

2017 Week 9 vs DET (26 / 38 / 245 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 1 rush)

After a bye week, the expectation was that Hundley would look much more confident and competent under center, but that wasn't the case. While he didn't have any massive turnovers, he also didn't find the end zone and he held onto the ball way too long. Worse, he didn't see multiple receivers who were wide open. He's not really seeing the field at all at this point, and that's after a layoff. It took Hundley 38 pass attempts to get 26 completions and total 245 yards - that's an average of 9.4 yards a completion. Mike McCarthy doesn't seem willing to give his quarterback anything challenging, keeping the offense stripped down. And Hundley isn't even doing that well.

2017 Week 7 vs NO (12 / 25 / 87 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 44 / 1 rush)

If this is what three years in the Packers' vaunted 'Quarterback School' results in, someone might want to see about cancelling the school's accreditation. Hundley was a mess, with poor timing, no chemistry with his receivers and bad decision-making. And this was with what appeared to be a relatively basic gameplan. Hundley once made a nice play, on his 14-yard touchdown scramble in the middle of the second quarter, which gave the Packers a lead. The thing about that run is, for some reason at least one New Orleans defender seemed uninterested in tackling Hundley at the end of the run. Safety Ken Crawley merely hit Hundley--not even with great force--with his shoulder. Hundley never should have made it into the end zone and one assumes defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will have some words for him in the film room. Maybe Hundley will continue to improve--really he has nowhere to go but up--but if this is just the floor, it's a very, very low floor.

2017 Week 6 vs MIN (18 / 33 / 157 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Coming in cold off the bench after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in the first quarter, Brett Hundley had some good and some awful moments in his first real action since entering the league as a fifth round pick in 2015. At least one of his three interceptions came off a tipped ball by his receiver, and the last one came in the waning seconds of the game when the Packers were just trying to make something happen. Hundley threw a nice touchdown pass to Davante Adams, who was uncovered. On the play the Minnesota linebackers seemed to get confused on who should be covering Adams, who was tight on the offensive line and ran a slant. The first linebacker released him, but nobody picked him up after that. Hundley stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure and threw a nice pass to Adams for the score.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Hundley came in for the victory lap during the last six minutes of play. He threw one pass and handed the ball off several times before the game ended.

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Latest News

Packers | Brett Hundley remaining starter (Mon Nov 20, 10:33 AM) - Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley will remain the starter after turning it over four times in Week 11, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Our View: With Aaron Rodgers potentially done for the season, the Packers don't really have a choice but to stick with Hundley. Their backup to Hundley is Joe Callahan, a 2016 UDFA out of Wesley.
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Packers | Brett Hundley struggles (Sun Nov 19, 04:44 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley went 21-for-36 for 239 yards and three interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11. He also lost a fumble during the game.

Our View: Hundley seemed like he was figuring it out last week, but he was harassed all day and unable to get anything against a stifling Ravens defense. Things won't get much easier at Pittsburgh next week.
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Packers | Brett Hundley goes full in practice (Fri Nov 17, 04:32 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley (hamstring) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 17, and was removed from the injury report ahead of Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Packers | Green Bay injury report for Friday (Fri Nov 17, 04:30 PM) - Green Bay Packers OT Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (groin), RB Aaron Jones (knee) and RB Ty Montgomery (ribs) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and are out for Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens. CB Kevin King (shoulder) and OG Lucas Patrick (back) were limited participants and are questionable, while LB Ahmad Brooks (back) and DT Quinton Dial (chest) were full participants and also are listed as questionable. QB Brett Hundley (hamstring) and LB Joe X. Thomas (ankle) practiced in full, and OG Justin McCray (ankle) and LB Nick Perry (foot) were limited. Those four players were removed from the injury report.

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Packers | Brett Hundley full go (Thu Nov 16, 05:20 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley (hamstring) participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 16.

Our View: Hundley played better last weekend, but we still can't recommend him as anything more than a bye week fill-in or QB3. Baltimore isn't a horrible match up, but Hundley hasn't convinced us he's a good and consistent quarterback yet.
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