Flynn Is Backup Plan

Flynn (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY)

Matt Flynn, who wasn't sure he was going to make the team, will open the season as the No. 2 quarterback.

Matt Flynn not only made the Green Bay Packers’ roster, but he will open the season as Aaron Rodgers’ primary backup quarterback.

“I don’t get into predictions, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Flynn said after Sunday’s practice.

With all eyes turned toward Thursday’s season-opening showdown at Seattle, Flynn took the No. 2 reps during the portion of practice that reporters were not allowed to see, coach Mike McCarthy said.

Flynn wasn’t sure what was in store as the team pared its roster from 75 players to 53 on Saturday afternoon. He had history on his side after leading a couple of big comebacks last season, but Scott Tolzien had shown vast improvement and the final two or three cuts were a challenge for the personnel department.

“I didn’t want to get confident,” Flynn said. “I really, as big of a copout as it sounds, I tried not to think about it. Yeah, I was nervous, just like everybody else was -- well 75 percent of the people. I didn’t really know what to expect, what to think.”

While Tolzien put up superior numbers during the four preseason games, Flynn said several times last week that he was “proud” of his training camp and preseason.

“I feel like it,” Flynn said when asked on Sunday if he’s ever played so well physically and mentally. “It’s kind of hard to compare because it’s not really apples to apples, but I feel like I’m playing well, I feel like I’m in control of what I’m doing physically and mentally. I feel good. It’s kind of hard to say because I’ve always felt confident and comfortable going into seasons but each year that I’m out, I feel like I’m getting better and better, more comfortable, more confident, more mature. Physically, I feel better. Tolzien also made the team, giving the Packers three quarterbacks on the Week 1 roster for the first time since 2008. It’s a major insurance policy, though the Packers obviously would rather use Flynn’s intelligence rather than his arm on game days.

“Our job is to give him any information that he needs throughout the week in preparation, whether that’s me going back and watching technique of DBs, watching technique of defensive tackles, trying to get keys in,” Flynn explained. “It’s about talking through plays with him, talking through the game plan with him, giving him different points of view on how things are going to play out, different points of view on how things are going to work and just trying to make sure he’s comfortable with everything. During the game, it’s about relaying to him on the sideline what exactly we’re seeing. He sees a lot but there’s things he can’t see, so it’s about giving him and relaying that information to him.”

The decision to keep all three quarterbacks keeps together a group that has bonded during their 10 months together.

“It’s great,” Rodgers said, “because you spend a lot of time with those guys. Pull for them. Help them out in the game; I was calling some of the plays in that last game. Excited for them, playing so well. They both deserve to be on the roster, and it’s good to have them both in the room.”


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