McCarthy on backup QB Brett Hundley: “We want to see him play as much as he possibly can”

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GREEN BAY — Wednesday, July 27th was day two of Green Bay Packers Training Camp — with practice beginning at 8:15 a.m.

As long as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is under center, there won’t be a quarterback controversy in Green Bay — but backup Brett Hundley is an exciting talent.

Rodgers leads the offense, but he’s not the only quarterback getting opportunity out on the field during the pre-season.

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy at Training Camp

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy at Training Camp

“The fifth pre-season game — no one’s going to benefit from that more than Brett Hundley. No doubt. We want to see Brett play as much as he possibly can,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.

“It’s really important for me. I get to go out there and have fun every day — but right now I get the reps that, you know, when the season comes you don’t really get all those reps. Obviously Aaron is running the show, but right now is the time where I get to just keep working on my craft and actually get in and display it,” Hundley said.

Brett Hundley at Training Camp

Brett Hundley at Training Camp

Brett Hundley at Training Camp

Brett Hundley at Training Camp

Hundley stood out as a rookie during the 2015 pre-season, and he is looking to build upon that — and show the team that he’s ready should Aaron Rodgers be out of action for any reason once the games that start counting are underway.

The Packers got their work in early Wednesday — while the sun was still out. Getting that work done is the theme of Training Camp — especially for the defense.

Mike Daniels at Training Camp

Mike Daniels at Training Camp

Mike Daniels, one of the team’s leaders, is keeping an eye on the young guys, to make sure there are no mis-steps leading up to the regular season.

“We need the young guys to come along fast and you can see where they take this very seriously. They’re not, like, typically rookies. They look like they’re — they’re a bit ahead of the curve than, you know, maybe some of us when we got here, and that’s good. We’re going to hold them to a standard. We’re going to work hard. We’re always going to be in the weight room. If they can’t meet the standard, then they won’t be around here very long — so they understand that, and we remind them about that,” Daniels said.

Packers Training Camp

Packers Training Camp

Packers Training Camp

Packers Training Camp

With a long and busy pre-season, leading up to a long regular season, you’ve got to keep your eye on the prize.

“You kinda learn to pace yourself a little bit. You know, you don’t get super excited for pre-season games and stuff like that. Especially going into year nine. You know how hard it is to get to that Super Bowl and to get to those big playoff games and how important they are, and, you know, that’s when it’s time to go,” Josh Sitton said.

“Training Camp is a grind. I feel that’s a grind that’s a grind that’s going to prepare you. You put the time and effort in, and do everything you need to do now so you can get the response you need to get come Week 1 or a Thursday night game. You can’t wait until that week and then that week comes up and all of a sudden you want to turn it on,” Morgan Burnett said.

Sitton and Burnett, and other Packers players know that this time of year is important — and the end of the year, even more so.

The Packers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning — and they’re off on Friday.

They’ll be back for practice on Saturday morning — and then Sunday, July 31st is Green Bay Packers Family Night.

Packers Family Night

Below is the complete Packers Training Camp schedule, including the pre-season games:

Tuesday, July 26
  • 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, July 27
  • 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, July 28
  • 8:15 a.m.
Friday, July 29
  • No Practice
Saturday, July 30
  • 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, July 31
Monday, August 1
  • 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2
  • No Practice
Wednesday, August 3
  • 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 4
  • 6:15 p.m.
Friday, August 5
  • No Practice
Saturday, August 6
  • No Public Practice
Sunday, August 7
  • Preseason Game (Canton, Ohio)
    Packers vs Colts
    7 p.m.
Monday, August 8
  • No Practice
Tuesday, August 9
  • 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10
  • 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, August 11
  • No Public Practice
Friday, August 12
  • Preseason Game
    Packers vs. Browns (Gold Package)
    7 p.m.
Saturday, August 13
  • No Practice
Sunday, August 14
  • 12:15 p.m.
Monday, August 15
  • 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, August 16
  • No Practice
Wednesday, August 17
  • No Public Practice
Thursday, August 18
  • Preseason Game
    Packers vs. Raiders
    7 p.m.
Friday, August 19
  • No Practice
Saturday, August 20
  • No Public Practice
Sunday, August 21
  • No Practice
Monday, August 22
  • 12:15 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23
  • 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, August 24
  • No Practice
Thursday, August 25
  • No Public Practice
Friday, August 26
  • Preseason Game
    Packers at 49ers
    9 p.m.
Saturday, August 27
  • No Practice
Sunday, August 28
  • No Practice
Monday, August 29
  • 12:15 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30
  • 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, August 31
  • No Public Practice
Thursday, September 1
  • Preseason Game
    Packers at Chiefs
    7 p.m.
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