The Green Bay Packers filled the Matt Flynn-sized hole on the quarterback depth chart by selecting Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
With only Coleman, Graham Harrell and Nick Hill on the roster behind Aaron Rodgers, one might think the Packers would look to add a veteran to the roster. Not necessarily, says Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
"I don't think you just say, 'Hey, I need a veteran backup,' " McCarthy said according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "We have the MVP in Aaron Rodgers as our No. 1, and I feel like we have really three candidates to compete for two spots or possibly three.
"The roster will shake that out. It's our job as coaches to make sure
they're trained and they're ready to go, regardless of how many years
of experience they have."
Of 1,033 plays last season, Rodgers played 919 snaps (88.96 percent) with Flynn playing 113 (10.94 percent) and was without a quarterback for one play. Rodgers' playing time likely would have been higher had the Packers not clinched the NFC North and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs before Week 17, so a veteran backup is not necessarily a pressing need right now. But if Harrell, Coleman and Hill do not earn McCarthy's trust during training camp, adding a veteran could be on the to-do list before the start of the regular season.