Packers ready to rally around Brett Hundley

Locker room plans to pull together without Aaron Rodgers

MINNEAPOLIS – The sight of Aaron Rodgers sitting on a cart and being driven to the locker room is something no one on the Packers' sideline ever wants to see.

Yet, that’s the reality the Packers were forced to live with Sunday afternoon inside one of the loudest venues the NFL has to offer.

As the challenges continued to mount inside bustling U.S. Bank Stadium, backup quarterback Brett Hundley assumed control of the huddle and did his best to guide the offense through the Packers’ worst nightmare.

While the circumstances proved a bit too extreme for the Packers to overcome during a 23-10 loss to the Vikings, the confidence Hundley displayed amidst calamity told teammates the third-year quarterback was ready to lead this offense.

“He showed an inordinate amount of poise,” center Corey Linsley said. “He came in with confidence. I have full confidence in Brett. As long as he has confidence – that’s the biggest thing for a QB is coming into that huddle and setting that poise. It’s all intangibles but I don’t have any doubt in Brett.”

Rodgers sustained a broken right collarbone a little less than 10 minutes into Sunday’s NFC North contest, the result of his throwing arm hitting the ground after an out-of-the-pocket hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.

Most players were unable to see the hit because of their assignment. The injury sent shockwaves through the sideline and thrust Hundley into the spotlight after more than two years serving as Rodgers’ understudy.

The Packers adjusted their game plan to suit Hundley and a banged-up offensive line, which saw three starters – David Bakhtiari (hamstring), Lane Taylor (ankle) and Bryan Bulaga (concussion) – all exit due to injury.

Despite the shakeups, Hundley helped engineer two scoring drives off turnovers in the first half to keep the Packers within earshot of Minnesota. Hundley’s first touchdown pass – a 14-yard toss to receiver Davante Adams – tied the game at 7 with 10:40 left in the second quarter.

Hundley also led a late surge near the end of the game, driving the Packers’ offense 84 yards to the Minnesota 11-yard line before a tipped pass fell into the arms of Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes.

“He came in and played his butt off,” receiver Randall Cobb said. “He took a bunch of shots. He was able to get up and keep playing. He held onto a couple when a lot quarterbacks get hit, they’re going to lose those balls. I love his toughness and the way he bounced back and kept playing.”

A fifth-round pick in 2015, Hundley had yet to play a meaningful regular-season snap prior to Sunday but impressed during extended looks during his first three preseasons.

With Hundley's experience in the system, the Packers appear to be better suited to handle Rodgers’ absence this year than the last time he sustained a collarbone injury in 2013. The Packers had three quarterbacks – Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace – start games that season, none of whom spent training camp in Green Bay.

“I think the thing a lot of people don’t understand is with him going down like this, the last time this happened in 2013, they were cycling through backups,” Linsley said. “Now with Brett and a full week of practice in with Aaron by his side showing him everything to do and teaching him and educating him on the game plan instead of Brett learning as we go, that’s going to be a benefit for him.”

Hundley’s presence was the thing that stuck out to teammates the most. He maintained the same mentality he’s shown in practice, standing tall in the pocket and constantly communicated with the Packers’ receivers, listening to suggestions throughout.

The main message veterans conveyed to the young quarterback was not trying to be anyone other than himself this week and moving forward.

A full week of preparation should benefit Hundley entering his first NFL regular-season start next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He also has an endless football encyclopedia at his disposal in Rodgers.

“We don’t need Brett to be Aaron. We just need Brett to be Brett and everyone else to do their job,” Taylor said. “It’ll take everybody – special teams, defense, offense.”

As Hundley readies to lead the Packers’ offense going forward, the locker room understands it must rally without their two-time MVP quarterback for the time being. Knowing it's impossible to replace his skill and leadership, it's on the entire team to help carry the load.

“He’s the heartbeat of this team. It runs through him,” Adams said. “He’s best doing it in this game, so he takes a lot of pressure off us. It just means that we’ve got to pick it up and substitute some of that energy, some of that leadership, some of those small things that he does all week and during the games that keep us going.”

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Aaron Rodgers never actually defined what "run the table" meant. The last six games of the regular season to ensure another playoff berth? Or all the way to Houston for Super Bowl LI?

Whatever his intent, the Green Bay Packers and their quarterback own the longest active winning streak among the NFC playoff teams, and whether momentum is anything other than some undefined intangible, perhaps the most important thing for coach Mike McCarthy's team was the confidence that permeated through the visitors locker room after Sunday night's 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.

"I believe in myself and my abilities, but I also believe in this team," Rodgers said. "This wasn't just a shot in the dark. It was an optimistic belief in my teammates that we were going to start handling adversity better."

Rodgers somehow infused that into just about everyone around him with great performances from Ty Montgomery, Davante Adams, Jared Cook, Mike Daniels and more.

As much as anything, and that includes Rodgers' own stellar play during the six-game winning streak, that feeling could be the best thing the Packers have in their favor as they head into Sunday's playoff opener against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field.

The Packers have momentum, and Rodgers called that "contagious."

"You have that feeling now when you enter a game that you don't have during a losing streak, where you expect to win," he said. "You expect to win when you take the field, and that's an exciting energy that you can feel in the locker room and on the field pregame, and guys are sticking together."

Several times during the streak, Rodgers has praised his teammates for not "making comments [or] being an unnamed source or saying derogatory things about teammates," and coach Mike McCarthy last week described the team had "a little bit of an edge to them" that he noticed even before the streak began.

It was at the very least noteworthy -- if not telling -- that McCarthy described the reaction in the postgame locker room after winning the NFC North this way: "It wasn't the best celebration we've ever had."

"But this team has an energy, has an edge, has a confidence that was evident very early in our preseason," McCarthy added. "And I've always believed in that and they believe in that. So maybe that's why we're not doing cartwheels right now because we have, like I said, our plan's to try to win it all. We're one of six that gets to go battle it out in the NFC and we'll tighten our focus to the Giants. But we never lost sight of where we wanted to go."

The number of players still around from the Super Bowl XLV team dwindles each year, but there are some key components of that team still around, Rodgers and Clay Matthews among them. And this team, the No. 4 seed in the NFC, might be similar to the 2010 wild-card club in at least one way.

"I don't know if in 2010 we had all the pieces," Matthews said. "I just think we got hot and no one wanted to play us then. Hopefully that's the case this year.

"You need to be playing well toward the latter part of the season, and that's exactly what we're doing. I feel like we're capable of getting back to where we want to go, and that's the Super Bowl. So hopefully that's the case."

It would take a 10-game winning streak to do so. The six already off the table might have been the easy part.

"We have bigger aspirations," McCarthy said, wearing an NFC North Champions hat. "So this is the first step."

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For more than 10 years, Mayfield Sports Marketing has been a leading sports marketing agency and speaker bureau that has helped many Wisconsin and Midwest companies, large and small, with booking athlete appearances and sports speakers for corporate events. Specializing in sports figures from the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Bears and Olympians, our booking agents have negotiated deals for current and retired sports figures. Recent bookings for speaking engagements, VIP Meet & Greets, autograph signings, product endorsement deals, celebrity golf tournaments and many more corporate hospitality events.

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On Monday August 29, we had the pleasure of booking Gilbert for the ClubHouse Live Show in Appleton. We enjoy working with Brett, Joel and the ClubHouse Team. They do an amazing job. We have been to and produced 100's, probably a 1000 interviews, over the years. Sometimes, you hear something from an athlete is that 100% real. Monday was one of those times with Gilbert Brown. Gilbert told several stories, some never heard before and had everyone laughing.

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Packers John Kuhn joins 98 veterans on May 16, 2016 HONOR FLIGHT out of Wausau. No one really knows whether John will return this season to the Packers. What we do know is John is truly humbled and honored to spend the day at numerous Washington DC sites such as: Korean and Veteran Memorials, Arlington Cemetary and a bus tour @ DC seeing the White House with 98 military veterans. #Freedom

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Now that America knows Jeff Janis' name, you will find he is a Green Bay Packer through and through. The Packer Way means Humble, Educated and Team First, Individual Achievements a Distant Second. If you haven't met Jeff Janis, you are in for a treat as he loves to play football and just wants to help his team win. Catching HailMary2 this season couldn't have happened to a nicer and team oriented player. We are very proud to work with him.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the Green Bay Packers signed James Jones the week of the regular-season opener, it knocked Jeff Janis down a peg on the depth chart at receiver.

Jones immediately became Aaron Rodgers’ No. 3 receiver, and Janis could barely get off the bench.

As productive as Jones was at various times this season (he had eight touchdowns and a career-high 890 yards), Saturday’s 26-20 NFC divisional playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals showed Jones’ limitations and once again brought up one of the most popular questions of the season: Should Janis play more?

For all of Janis’ flaws -- his hands aren’t the greatest and his route-running skills are unrefined, as was evident again Saturday when he and Rodgers were on different pages on a throw to the end zone in the second quarter -- he gets open.

Yet he played only 132 snaps in the regular season and just four in last weekend’s wild-card playoff win over the Washington Redskins. His only two catches this season came in Week 6.

On Saturday, with Davante Adams inactive because of the knee injury he sustained in Washington combined with the chest injury Randall Cobb sustained in the first quarter against the Cardinals, the Packers had no choice but to play Janis along with Jones and Jared Abbrederis. They were the only three receivers the Packers had left.

Sure enough, Janis produced.

Seven catches, 145 yards and two touchdowns later, Janis strengthened the argument that he should have been playing all along. His 4.42-second 40-yard dash speed and 6-foot-3 size gave the Packers something they could never replicate after Jordy Nelson blew out his knee in the preseason.

But the Packers mostly ignored Janis all season. Before Saturday, Rodgers was just 2-of-11 with an interception while targeting Janis in his two-year career.

“He’s taken advantage of some opportunities, and he’s just a young man who needs to play,” McCarthy said Saturday after the game. “He’s got a lot of raw ability. He made some huge, huge plays tonight.”

Not only did Janis remarkably have two catches for 101 yards on the final drive of regulation, including an improbable 41-yard touchdown as time expired, he also caught an 8-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put the Packers ahead 13-7.

“We felt pretty confident that anybody in our room could step up,” Janis said. “It’s unfortunate when someone gets hurt. When your time comes, you’ve just got to step in and act like you’ve been there.”

Here’s a breakdown of the offensive performance in Saturday’s season-ending loss:

Total offensive plays: 73

Receivers

Notes: Cobb spent the night in an Arizona hospital after he sustained a chest injury in the first quarter. With Patrick Peterson covering him, Jones was shut out on only two targets (including one Rodgers bounced to him on fourth down on the second-to-last series of regulation). It was the third time in 18 games this season Jones was held without a catch, and he had three other games this season with only one catch.

Quarterbacks

  • Aaron Rodgers: 73

Notes: Rodgers’ 41-yard touchdown to Janis was his second successful Hail Mary attempt of the season. He was 2-of-3 on Hail Mary tries this season. The rest of the NFL was 3-of-10, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It was his second completion on a pass thrown 40 or more yards downfield on that drive. He had only three such completions all season before Saturday.

Running backs

Notes: Lacy had 75 of his 89 yards on consecutive carries in the third quarter to set up Janis’ first touchdown. Lacy averaged just 1.4 yards on his other 10 carries. Starks had just 23 yards on seven carries.

Tight ends

Notes: Rodgers was targeted eight times and had five catches for 45 yards.

Offensive line

  • David Bakhtiari: 73
  • Bryan Bulaga: 73
  • Josh Sitton: 73
  • T.J. Lang: 73
  • Great article by Rob Demovsky Jeff Janis is a Green Bay WR and Punt Returner. Mayfield Sports Marketing athletes (Green Bay Packers Current and Retired Players) are committed to each event they attend and raising . Throughout each year, Mayfield Sports Marketing athletes and celebrities had the opportunity to make numerous appearances. Appearances included nonprofit fundraisers, school visits, motivational speaking engagements and many other events and programs.

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