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Could Quinn Gray Be in the Packers Plans?


Now that the day has arrived for the 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.

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3 Responses to “Could Quinn Gray Be in the Packers Plans?”

  1. larry melton says:

    If you look at some of the successful QB’s in the history of the league, Favre, Montana, Starr, Brady these guys weren’t high draft choices or even thought of in the same league as some of their comtemporaries. But sometimes you can’t judge the inner winner. Look at all the 1st round QB’s who didn’t make it. I think Thompson will select some late round QB’s in the draft and see what happens from there. Maybe he signs a veteran as a back-up, but don’t be surprised if they try to find someone laying in the weeds, just like Favre.

  2. Martin says:

    Favre was considered by many as the best QB in the draft, but fell due to health concerns. Just like aaron rodgers.

  3. Shawn says:

    Favre had the strongest arm the league had ever seen, in terms of the short game, at the very least. Even at 38, he still had the fastest short pass in the league. His deep ball wasn’t what it was in his 20s, but at least one part of him was the absolute pinnacle of quarterbacking, it wash is arm. Better than Marinos, better than Elways. The best. Of course, guys like Montana and Starr have the sharp minds that outmatch the brute strength. Considering Starr called his own plays in the huddle, I think he was probably the smartest QB ever, and Montana is the one with the ice in his blood.

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