The Packers agreed to trade Hundley to the Seahawks on Wednesday in exchange for a 2019 draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The trade leaves DeShone Kizer as the unquestioned No. 2 quarterback in Green Bay, while the Seahawks now have a cloudy backup situation involving Hundley, Austin Davis and Alex McGough. A 2015 fifth-round pick, Hundley finally received extended playing time last season while Aaron Rodgers was sidelined by injury and failed to take advantage of the opportunity. He averaged 7.5 yards across 36 rush attempts, but his impact on the ground was negated by a mark of 5.8 yards per pass attempt and a 9:12 TD:INT. For what it's worth, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle expects Hundley to step in ahead of Davis and McGough on the depth chart, thus serving as the top understudy to Russell Wilson.
Hundley completed six of nine passes for 77 yards and had two carries for 12 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers. Hundley was the first quarterback to see action after Aaron Rodgers led the first drive, and he was effective while playing three series, leading the Packers to points on each occasion. Hundley and fellow reserve quarterback DeShone Kizer have both played well during the preseason and continue to compete for the backup spot behind Rodgers.
Hundley started Thursday's preseason win over the Titans and completed nine of 14 passes for 108 yards. He tossed a touchdown and also threw an interception in the contest. With Aaron Rodgers being held out, Hundley got the nod over fellow quarterback DeShone Kizer, and it was a successful night outside of the interception and a fumble, which the Packers recovered. Hundley made several quality throws, including a perfect 48-yard bomb to Davante Adams to set up the Packers' first score of the night. Kizer also played well, and the two remain essentially neck-and-neck to open the season in the backup spot, with Hundley holding the slight edge given his experience in the Packers' system.
Hundley appears to be on the roster bubble for the Packers heading into training camp, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Hundley underwhelmed in his nine starts last season while Aaron Rodgers missed time with a broken collarbone, a disappointing development given the 2015 fifth-round pick had spent over two seasons in the Green Bay system learning under the two-time MVP. The Packers seemingly acknowledged their disappointment in Hundley this offseason by trading cornerback Damarious Randall to the Browns in exchange for DeShone Kizer, who by most accounts is the favorite to secure the No. 2 gig in advance of Week 1. Hundley's best chance at sticking around seems to be as a third signal-caller, though it seems rather unlikely that the Packers would retain more than two players at the position.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that Hundley would remain the team's starting quarterback Week 17 against the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "Not sure why you'd want to pull the quarterback," McCarthy said. "There's a lot more going on than just the quarterback." Though the Packers were shut out for the second time in Hundley's eight starts in Saturday's 16-0 loss to the Vikings, McCarthy noted that a slew of dropped passes from the team's receiving corps contributed to the signal caller's demise. As a result, the Packers won't turn the offense over to backup Joe Callahan, but it will be difficult nonetheless to bank on Hundley turning in a solid performance in the season finale, especially with his top two wideouts -- Davante Adams (concussion) and Jordy Nelson (shoulder) -- at risk of missing the contest. Hundley has had a few positive moments while filling in for the injured Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), but his 5.7 yards per attempt and 8:10 TD:INT ratio render him a lower-tier fantasy option.
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