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Packers grab ex-49ers QB Scott Tolzien just in time for Week 1

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As the Packers assemble their practice squad, one name stands out as a player who could be particularly valuable for their Week One practices: Scott Tolzien.

Tolzien, the quarterback who was cut by the 49ers last week after spending the last two years in San Francisco, has signed with the Packers’ practice squad.

The 49ers will be playing the Packers to open the season on Sunday, September 8, which means the Packers will likely be asking Tolzien to run the 49ers’ offense for the scout team to help the Packers’ defense prepare. Having Tolzien around can certainly help the Packers’ defense get ready to face the 49ers’ offense — and given the way the Packers’ defense played against the 49ers’ offense in the playoffs, Green Bay needs the help.

Tolzien, who played college football at Wisconsin, should enjoy his homecoming and be a valuable member of the Packers’ practice squad.

Also joining the Packers’ practice squad is receiver Charles Johnson, a seventh-round draft pick this year who didn’t make the 53-man roster but will remain in Green Bay. Other members of the Packers’ practice squad include receiver Myles White, tight end Jake Stoneburner and cornerback James Nixon.

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33 Responses to “Packers grab ex-49ers QB Scott Tolzien just in time for Week 1”
  1. firstand4ever says: Sep 1, 2013 8:47 PM

    Can Tolzien simulate Colin Kaepernick and the pistol/read option in practice?…. If only the Packers had a QB that could simulate the 49ers running schemed QB. What about Vince Young?…. Nevermind, we got this guy Coleman he can try to do it.

  2. thepftpoet says: Sep 1, 2013 8:57 PM

    The packers grabbed Tolzien just in time
    Too bad they have a depleted o-line

  3. ososrule says: Sep 1, 2013 8:59 PM

    just in time for Week 1……

    Golly, don’t what that would have done without him in week 1, whew! Gimmie a break, Neal Carter!

  4. clayminator says: Sep 1, 2013 9:03 PM

    Rodgers was touched once in preseason….46 snaps and one dude got to him.

    the O-line will be fine…Rodgers has the quickest release in the game, and HELLO EDWARD LACY!!!!

  5. beerbratscheese says: Sep 1, 2013 9:05 PM

    Tolzien can give the Packers inside inside information as to the 49ers plans. May not make a huge difference, but when two talented teams go head to head, any advantage could make the difference between a “W” and a “L”.

  6. joey49er says: Sep 1, 2013 9:16 PM

    Packers need all the help they can get! after what we did to them last yr in the playoffs we don’t even need a offense game plan just let kapp run!!!! packers looked silly last yr…lol

  7. herlies says: Sep 1, 2013 9:17 PM

    “Can Tolzien simulate Colin Kaepernick and the pistol/read option in practice?”

    Huh?

    They probably signed this guy to pick his brain.

  8. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Once again packer fans are clueless to pre season football. Here we go again ever heard of the term vanilla offence and defence.?????? Wake up packer fans or go have another beer.!!!!!!

  9. jayniner says: Sep 1, 2013 9:29 PM

    That’s pretty convenient signing Tolzien 7 days before they play the 49ers….

    Any takers on GB dropping Tolzien around week 3-4 as not to make it look so conspicuous?

  10. gosfvr says: Sep 1, 2013 9:29 PM

    Knowing the play is one thing, stopping it – entirely another.
    With that big beast of an O-line bearing down on the Packers D-line, it doesnt matter if Harbaugh hands his run plays to McCarthy. The RBs will get their yards.
    This may not be a high scoring game, I think the niners grind their way to victory with a big TOP differential.

  11. purplengold says: Sep 1, 2013 9:45 PM

    Packers at 0-1 to start week two.

  12. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Sep 1, 2013 9:47 PM

    49’ers fans never cease to amaze me in their stupidity. They are all about as dumb as the average Seahawks when it comes to the NFL.

    Bandwagon fans are all the same.

  13. ososrule says: Sep 1, 2013 10:22 PM

    whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says:
    Sep 1, 2013 9:47 PM
    49′ers fans never cease to amaze me in their stupidity. They are all about as dumb as the average Seahawks when it comes to the NFL.

    Bandwagon fans are all the same.

    ——————————————–

    Biggest bandwagon Teams in teh History of sports:

    New Your Yankees
    St. Louis Cardinals

    Miami Heat
    LA Lakers

    Green Bay Packers
    Dallas Cowboys
    Denver Broncos/New England Patriots

    Detroit Red Wings
    LA Kings

  14. ososrule says: Sep 1, 2013 10:22 PM

    *the

  15. sidbrown210 says: Sep 1, 2013 10:39 PM

    doesn’t matter … the problem with the Packers is personnel, not strategy. That OL is very very suspect – even WITH Bulaga. They still have to stop a healthy Justin Smith and company. Good luck with that cause God knows I sure would hate to! Go Niners.

  16. 1964bclions says: Sep 1, 2013 10:48 PM

    larrydavid7000 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Once again packer fans are clueless to pre season football. Here we go again ever heard of the term vanilla offence and defence.?????? Wake up packer fans or go have another beer.!!!!!!
    ———————————————————
    Larry… Oh Larry.

    Give us layman posters here a chance please. It is obvious you are a professional writer for NBC and Jimmy Fallon.

    That “Go Have Another Beer” line is a killer!

    You are making us all look bad.

  17. jankia says: Sep 1, 2013 10:56 PM

    We could bench Rodgers start Tolzien and still kick the whiners.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 1, 2013 11:26 PM

    Niners cut Tolzien because he always remembered the plays wrong.

  19. jrmbadger says: Sep 1, 2013 11:52 PM

    It’s not really Thompson and McCarthy’s style to pickup players to “pick their brain” about an opponent in that way. My guess is they think he’s a teachable QB who is cheap.

    I could be wrong, but that just isn’t their style of doing business.

  20. packerswin96 says: Sep 2, 2013 12:13 AM

    So many jealous “fans” of other teams.

  21. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 2, 2013 12:19 AM

    The Packers had interest in Tolzien when he was drafted.  He is not being picked up to pick his brain.  He’s a practice squad guy that could end up being a serviceable backup.  

    Oh, and he’s miles better than Ponder.

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  22. greenmeattruck says: Sep 2, 2013 12:45 AM

    1) Tolzien has absolutely no chance of being able to simulate the Keapernick runs the read option. None at all, He runs about as well as I do, and I’m 39 yrs old.
    2) Signing a player to “pick his brain” is a common move by the morons in purple to our west, who need every advantage they can get. They sign players recently cut from their future opponents, and drop them the week after they play them. Happens every year about twice a year.
    The Packers rarely, if ever, try to pull such d^%chb#ggery for underhanded reasons.

  23. bigjd says: Sep 2, 2013 1:05 AM

    Umm, I wonder why the Redskins kept Pat White?

  24. jss86 says: Sep 2, 2013 1:13 AM

    Guarenteed theyre gonna pick his brain… The pack cant bare to lose to the niners three times in a row. Especially being absolutely embarassed last time.
    Reality is, aaron rodgers or not, san fran is just a superior team at the moment.

  25. outlawshark says: Sep 2, 2013 1:52 AM

    Last season, the Niners beat Green Bay twice. Deservedly so. Before that, since 1996, the Packers beat the Niners 13 out of 14 times. The one loss was the Jerry Rice uncalled fumble playoff game. At least it brought back Instant Replay. Just saying that, on the Packers radar, the Niners were no different than the Lions before last year.

  26. outlawshark says: Sep 2, 2013 2:01 AM

    Why do you think there is a constant flow of players from Green Bay to Minnesota?

  27. aldante66 says: Sep 2, 2013 9:16 AM

    TT thinks he is so cute, getting all those late rounders, trading 3rd and 4th rounders for all those top notch 6th and 7th rounders. Yes they come cheap but he and Mac keep saying they are trainable. Ya right.

    His number 1 Perry and 2 Worthy from last year have done zilch. His number 1 this year Datone Jones sounds like an out of shape bum and has played one play since being drafted.

    The Pack will go 0-5 to start the season. Then they go downhill from there.

  28. abninf says: Sep 2, 2013 9:16 AM

    ososrule says:

    Biggest bandwagon Teams in teh History of sports:

    Green Bay Packers
    Dallas Cowboys
    Denver Broncos/New England Patriots

    ====================================

    Dallas is the most valuable NFL team by far for a reason. Consistently in the top 5 of merchandise sales even when they suck.

  29. billh1947 says: Sep 2, 2013 9:28 AM

    The Packers coaches went back to college to learn from the best coaches how to stop the read option,unlike last game they now have a very large clue how to do it.this game will come down to the defensive backs,do SF fans feel really confident on them stopping AR and the Packers recievers for a full game.

  30. dhragonn says: Sep 2, 2013 9:38 AM

    Niner fan here. The word on Tolzien was we previously kept him because of how well he simulated the scout team, his focus on the football team was that. He obviously doesn’t have kaep’s skill set to mimick, but this is a good pick up.

    He didn’t play great this preseason, but the last two years I watched him, he looked pretty good.

    Good pick up for a team with zero depth behind Rodgers. Tolzien is serviceable.

  31. ososrule says: Sep 2, 2013 12:27 PM

    abninf says:
    Sep 2, 2013 9:16 AM
    ososrule says:

    Biggest bandwagon Teams in teh History of sports:

    Green Bay Packers
    Dallas Cowboys
    Denver Broncos/New England Patriots

    ====================================

    Dallas is the most valuable NFL team by far for a reason. Consistently in the top 5 of merchandise sales even when they suck.

    ——————————————-

    Same could be said about the Chicago Cubs! Doesn’t mean that they’re not a bandwagon team.

  32. jdhein22 says: Sep 2, 2013 1:39 PM

    If Rodgers get hurt, one thing is for certain: the calls from Packer-backers for the team to sign Brett Favre will be deafening. It will dwarf typical Tebow talk.

  33. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 3, 2013 5:31 PM

    ososrule says:
    Biggest bandwagon Teams in teh History of sports:
    Green Bay Packers
    Dallas Cowboys
    Denver Broncos/New England Patriots
    ====================================
    Dallas is the most valuable NFL team by far for a reason. Consistently in the top 5 of merchandise sales even when they suck.
    ******************************************** Which has been pretty consistent for quite some time now, no?

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