QB Brett Hundley - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 226||Born: 6-15-1993||College: UCLA||Drafted: Round 5, pick 147 (2015)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 12 vs PIT (17 / 26 / 245 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Head coach Mike McCarthy finally got an "I told you so" game from Brett Hundley, who was on fire for much of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Among the key high notes were his three touchdowns (more than he had for his entire career), a complete lack of turnovers coming off a week where he gave up four, and some excellent throws outside the numbers and downfield. While he was sacked once in the first quarter, fumbling the ball as well, the incident was wiped out by a penalty on Pittsburgh. Aside from that, the offensive line did a good job of keeping him clean and Hundley was adept at getting the ball out when he was pressured. The second half seemed to see him regress a little, as he was sacked four times in the latter two quarters and while some of that was solid defense from the Steelers, some of that was on Hundley as well. While all three of Hundley's touchdown passes were nice, all were helped by either great running after the catch or a defensive breakdown. Randall Cobb's 39-yard score in the first quarter found the receiver wide open as the coverage split off from him and nobody picked Cobb up. Hundley did a nice job recognizing it and not hesitating to hit the wide open receiver for a score. Both the short screen to Jamaal Williams and the deep throw to Davante Adams became touchdowns only because of exceptional efforts by the players and in Williams' case, the blockers ahead of him. Overall Hundley did a solid job, and stepped up when the Steelers were ahead late in the game. Head coach Mike McCarthy was super conservative on the Packers' last drive, though Hundley took a bad sack to start things off, but didn't kill enough of the clock. That, and the defense being out of sorts on the Steelers' final drive, cost the Packers the game and neither of those things were really on Hundley, who might have begun to turn a corner.
2017 Week 13 vs TB (13 / 22 / 84 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 66 / 0 rush)
Hundley came crashing back down to earth after a tremendous Week 12, showing some mobility while gaining yards with his feet, but missing on multiple throws to his receivers throughout the game. Possibly the most egregious came in the first quarter, when he missed a wide open Geronimo Allison on a corner route. While his receiver was absolutely wide open and could have waltzed into the end zone, Hundley airmailed the throw, overshooting Allison by a good bit. So it went on Sunday, and Allison wasn't the only guy Hundley missed on, though it was probably the worst, including the pick he threw early in the second quarter on a pass over the middle to Jordy Nelson. Unlike last week, Hundley seemed much less decisive and some of the yards he gained on the ground, while helpful, also came because he pulled the ball down and took off even though another moment or two might have seen a receiver free. The offense also seemed really conservative compared to last week, even though the defense the Packers faced--in front of a home crowd, no less--was nowhere near as good.
2017 Week 14 vs CLE (35 / 46 / 265 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 31 / 0 rush)
Hundley played two very different games on Sunday, the first half representing the ho-hum, get it done Hundley we tend to see when he's at his most efficient, while the second half made him look really good against an imploding Cleveland Browns defense. Key to Hundley's game was being able to avoid turnovers, as Hundley didn't throw an interception or fumble the ball. His first touchdown, a 30-yard floater to a wide-open Jamaal Williams, came on the Packers first drive. The Browns failed to stay with Williams, who got behind the coverage and was open near the goal line. The Packers didn't find the end zone again until the fourth quarter, and Hundley didn't throw a touchdown again until near the end of that period. That throw--a 1-yard pass to Davante Adams--was a very nice throw, as Hundley saw the coverage was inside, and threw to Hundley's backside shoulder. The touchdown sent the game into overtime, where Hundley again found Adams, this time on what was supposed to be a very conservative screen pass. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson did a very nice job blocking, and Adams broke free for a 25-yard touchdown to win the game.
2017 Week 16 vs MIN (17 / 40 / 130 / 0 / 2 pass, 5 / 48 / 0 rush)
Even though there is a one more game left, this should put a button on Hundley's season and any lingering thoughts Packers fans have as to his fitness as a starting quarterback. Yes, the Vikings defense is fierce, but that aside we saw the same inability to complete passes downfield, the same hesitancy in the pocket and the same poor decisions we've seen all season long.
2017 Week 17 vs DET (14 / 24 / 172 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
If there was any lingering doubt about Hundley's general inability to succeed in an NFL offense, this game pretty much put that concern to rest. His continued poor decisions and overall inability to find his receivers put the Packers offense behind the eight-ball too often, and left the defense -- which had its own issues -- in difficult positions. At least the Packers thought they had a competent backup, but Hundley didn't prove he could even do that, much less succeed over an extended absence by the starter.
2016 Week 10 vs TEN (1 / 4 / 8 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hundley came in to mop up in the last minute of the game, threw one complete pass on a swing route and then either underthrew or threw at covered receivers on his other three passes.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (1 / 3 / 9 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
For the second game in a row, Hundley appeared for some mop up duty. He fumbled the snap once and was largely unimpressive again.
2016 Week 14 vs SEA (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Hundley replaced Aaron Rodgers with just under 11 minutes left in the game. While he has made some progress, Hundley continues to struggle with accuracy and his timing with some of the receivers leaves something to be desired. We knew he was a project when the team selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and it appears he still has a ways to go.
2016 Week 16 vs MIN (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hundley entered the game in relief for Aaron Rodgers when the game was well in hand. He wasn't asked to do much and was in for just one series.