Without a doubt, the biggest story to come out of Week 6 is the likely season-ending shoulder injury sustained by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Without Rodgers at the helm of the offense, the Packers are a mere shell of themselves. The 23-10 loss to the Vikings is actual evidence of that sentiment, as backup quarterback Brett Hundley struggled to fill in the void left by Rodgers. The third-year QB completed 18 of 33 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in his first significant time under center in the NFL.
However, Hundley is still brimming with confidence heading into his first official NFL start in Week 7 against the Saints. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky caught a hold of the 24-year-old out of UCLA, who had this to say about keeping the Packers atop the NFC North standings:
“I’ve been doing this my whole life… Aaron’s a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day. I will lead this team. We’re all going to have fun, we’re all going to go out there and play football. It’s still football at the end of the day, and our goals are still in front of us.”
Although those three picks remain as bad as they sound, Hundley’s performance last Sunday shouldn’t be taken as a complete negative just yet. He’ll have better time to prepare for the Saints with this week’s practice sessions, and he has an assortment of viable weapons at his disposal with his team’s receiving corps.
What’s worth noting, however, is that the Packers have three of their five starting offensive linemen on this week’s injury report, which could pose as a problem for the young QB’s early learning process.
Still, Hundley will be under the wise guidance of head coach Mike McCarthy, who was instrumental in turning Rodgers into an elite quarterback. If there’s one coach who can mold the next great Brett in Green Bay, it’s none other than McCarthy himself.