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Report: Packers work out three quarterbacks Sunday

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The Packers, who kept two backup quarterbacks on their 53-player roster, reportedly took a look at three other quarterbacks on Sunday.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Packers put Pat Devlin, Jeff Mathews and Jon Jennings through workouts on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Devlin has the most NFL experience of the trio. He spent the previous three seasons with the Dolphins. Miami released Devlin (6-3, 220) with an injury settlement on August 19. Devlin played collegiately at Delaware.

A Cornell product, Mathews spent time with the Falcons this summer before being waived August 24. He signed as undrafted free agent with Atlanta in May. Mathews (6-4, 229) agreed to join the Colts’ practice squad on Sunday.

Jennings (6-2, 205) is a rookie from Saginaw Valley State. He was collegiate teammates with Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis.

It’s possible the Packers were working out the three quarterbacks with an eye on being prepared in case a passer needed to be added at a moment’s notice. Such workouts are not uncommon.

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35 Responses to “Report: Packers work out three quarterbacks Sunday”
  1. Paul M. says: Aug 31, 2014 6:05 PM

    Come on Packers, you know you want Christian Ponder. Go for it.

  2. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 31, 2014 6:18 PM

    I am not a coach or GM but that seems weird. Keep 2 back ups and bring in 3 more QBs for a look see.

    Must not be too keen on Tolzein and Flynn.

  3. rajbais says: Aug 31, 2014 6:19 PM

    The odds favor Devlin because he’s played for Philbin.

  4. leatherface2012 says: Aug 31, 2014 6:21 PM

    3 QBS? WHY? THEY NEVER GET PAST THE FIRST ROUND

  5. thefox61 says: Aug 31, 2014 6:23 PM

    Hmmm, must be preparing for the smackdown the Seahawks are gonna lay on the Packers Thursday night.

    GO SEAHAWKS!

  6. packsoldier says: Aug 31, 2014 6:27 PM

    The kid from North Dakota is still available, with the Dolphins cutting him recently. Might be worth a look.

  7. packerenglishmajor says: Aug 31, 2014 6:30 PM

    This shows an appropriate amount of faith in Flynn and Tolzien.

  8. ariani1985 says: Aug 31, 2014 6:34 PM

    Rumor has it one QB was crusty!

  9. hrmlss says: Aug 31, 2014 6:37 PM

    Vikings probably Want Tolzien, so they need a 3rd QB for the practice squad after the trade. Vikes will probably give a 2nd at least since he’s way better than Cassell, or Bridgewater.

  10. Ferdinand says: Aug 31, 2014 6:40 PM

    Why not give a try out to Jordan Lynch? He was trying to make it as a receiver and if he can be an adequate (or at least not a disastrous) backup receiver then he can also double as an emergency QB should the need arise.

    Better than the FB now serving as the emergency QB.

  11. aa1829 says: Aug 31, 2014 6:41 PM

    I am not the sharpest stick in the wood pile, but I don’t get this at all. Instead of working out QBs, they should have spent more time on the cut downs, then they might have figured out that they should have kept Banjo instead of a third QB that they apparently don’t really want anyway.

  12. f1restarter says: Aug 31, 2014 6:53 PM

    There’s nothing to see here. The Packers like developing QBs, and want to see if there’s anyone out there worth putting on their practice squad.

    By the way, if this is an article about the Packers, how come it suddenly smells like week-old lutefisk in here?

  13. skolnolombardilovers says: Aug 31, 2014 6:58 PM

    They signed Banjo to the Practice Squad already

  14. packsoldier says: Aug 31, 2014 7:01 PM

    None of the QBs in this article are within a million miles of being signed to the active roster. They are possible additions to the practice squad later. Try not to overreact to every nugget of trivial news.

  15. igocommando says: Aug 31, 2014 7:14 PM

    Pat Devlin has spent 3 seasons as the Dolphins 3rd QB. He’s not eligible for the practice squad. Typical ignorant packer fans.

  16. beerbratscheese says: Aug 31, 2014 7:16 PM

    I love reading all the trolls comments. I guess they just can’t grasp the idea that being GM is a full time job. They see their GM signing free agents, drafting players and then making the cut-down and “poof” you don’t hear from them anymore.

    TT has a “leave no stone unturned” philosophy. He works diligently, meticulously and as hard as any other GM out there, if not more. That’s what got him voted GM of the year a few years back and is constantly in the running for it.

  17. dirtyhelmet says: Aug 31, 2014 7:22 PM

    Why would you have faith in Tolzien or Flynn?!

  18. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 31, 2014 7:34 PM

    I swear to god, if the Packers end up signing Ponder, im sure he will lead the Pack to a division title on the way to a Superbowl victory! God hates the Vikes!

  19. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 31, 2014 7:40 PM

    Packer fans are perfectly content knowing that the NFL world is set to watch their team contend for a NFL record 14th World championship.

    There is no point paying attention to the angry losers from MN.

    The Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 31, 2014 7:42 PM

    Some teams are wise and scouting all the time. They keep an eye out for young guys that might be worth developing.

    Now that the cuts are done they are looking at the QB’s before they get rusty.

    The Packers don’t wait until talent is gone and then draft desperately for need, like the vikings.
    That’s just foolishly stupid.

    I’m very surprised that PFT mentioned anything about the Packers this weekend.

  21. rl79111 says: Aug 31, 2014 7:49 PM

    The Lions have much better talent then the Packer, yet they continue to be the embarrassment of the NFCN and always fall short of the Packers and Bears. Golly Jeepers….The Lions really BLOW!

  22. igocommando says: Aug 31, 2014 8:14 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:Aug 31, 2014 7:42 PM

    I’m very surprised that PFT mentioned anything about the Packers this weekend.
    …………
    I’m surprised as well. They’re only 1 injured qb away from complete irrelevance.

  23. mazenblue says: Aug 31, 2014 8:16 PM

    I bet they think they have three starting QBs because all three torch that D in practice.

  24. beedubyatoo says: Aug 31, 2014 9:06 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:Aug 31, 2014 7:42 PM

    I’m very surprised that PFT mentioned anything about the Packers this weekend.
    …………
    I’m surprised as well. They’re only 1 injured qb away from complete irrelevance.
    ————————
    Every team is in the same situation. Pats, Broncos, Seahawks, 49’ers, Saints? Name one current team that can win the SB with a backup qb. The only one that comes to mind was in 1967 with Bratkowski filling in for Starr.

  25. sonofad says: Aug 31, 2014 9:16 PM

    I think we should all take this opportunity to remember that magical 2010 season, and the confetti shower that followed. No doubt we will taste the glory of another championship one day soon. The core of that team is still together, and still poised to win it all once again.

    The Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

  26. whatjusthapped says: Aug 31, 2014 9:36 PM

    This is actually good news for Packer fans. What ever Qb that they sign is heading for the PS and then QB camp next spring. This means that there is a team out there that really wants one of the Packer back ups. The Packers would be willing to trade if the price was right. Ted Thompson knows what he is doing here.

  27. publicteamforever says: Aug 31, 2014 10:13 PM

    Maybe they will cut Matt Flynn, and sign an O Linesman

  28. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 31, 2014 10:47 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Aug 31, 2014 6:21 PM
    3 QBS? WHY? THEY NEVER GET PAST THE FIRST ROUND
    ___________________________________

    So how would you then explain a VINCE LOMBARDI trophy 3 years ago? Doesn’t really make sense does it.
    Must suck to lose every year Queenie.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 31, 2014 11:05 PM

    Sounds like they’re planning the same thing they did last year. Have a backup quarterback competition during the offseason and training camp, then cut them all and bring in guys off the street. They went through SIX backup quarterbacks last year. But they’re the geniuses at developing quarterbacks.

  30. stellarperformance says: Sep 1, 2014 8:41 AM

    I know this is repetitious, but so are the trolls. They understand saying the same thing over and over and over.

    As Packer fans, we realize there are no guarantees. Every season is filled with hope, because we know our team can win it all, but there is luck involved too….for every successful team.

    There are many unknowns…….except for one; The Green Bay Packers own the Minnesota Vikings. Bad draft picks? Maybe, doesn’t matter. Poor defense? Maybe, doesn’t matter. Mediocre coaching and management? Maybe, doesn’t matter. Hate all you want. Lie all you want. Insult and put down all you want. One fact remains……The Packers own the Vikings.

  31. axespray says: Sep 1, 2014 11:10 AM

    All three of these QBs we worked out are far more talented than the trash they’ve got in minnesota.

  32. packerenglishmajor says: Sep 1, 2014 11:49 AM

    If TT is such a genius who is starting at center against the Sea-gulls?

  33. winninaintsinnin says: Sep 1, 2014 9:10 PM

    Wow, Packers seem to understand the risks to their QBs in Seattle.

    But it seems unlikely they need three along with three replacements.

  34. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 3, 2014 1:11 AM

    Sorry on behalf of all insecure Packer fans comments in here. I’m just ready for the season to start geez. GO PACK GO

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  35. joefelicelli says: Sep 4, 2014 2:10 PM

    1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says:
    Aug 31, 2014 6:18 PM
    I am not a coach or GM but that seems weird. Keep 2 back ups and bring in 3 more QBs for a look see.

    Must not be too keen on Tolzein and Flynn.
    ——————————————————-
    Would you be?
    The Packers as an organization have been great at identifying and developing QBs since the Ron Wolf days, and Matthews specifically was tagged in the leadup to the draft as a potential sleeper pick. QB stability is what makes the difference between teams drafting in the top 10, and teams contending for a Super Bowl year in, year out. If Rodgers goes down, do you think Tolzien and/or Flynn can get the Pack to the playoffs? I think McCarthy would be trying to groom QB-to-be-named-later rather than hang his season on those guys. They are as good as they are going to get, and that isn’t all that good.

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