Packers backup QB job 'up in the air' as Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien compete

Thursday August 14th, 2014

The competition to back up Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a close race in the eyes of quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are competing to be No. 2 on the depth chart, despite Van Pelt having said this offseason that Flynn had the job.

"I think it's up in the air right now," Van Pelt said Wednesday. "It's in a competition. That's healthy for everybody."

Flynn started the Packers' first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, but Tolzien ended up with better stats. He completed eight of 12 passes for 124 yards, compared to Flynn's 49 yards on five completions in 10 attempts. 

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Rodgers is set to start Green Bay's next preseason game Saturday, and Van Pelt said at some point he'd like to see Tolzien with the second team to see how effective he is. 

Van Pelt said Flynn has the advantage of having been in the system longer, but Tolzien is "coming on as well" after having a full offseason with the team. Flynn played for the Packers from 2008-11 before re-joining the team last season. Tolzien was signed by Green Bay last season.

- Molly Geary

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