clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Vikings vs. Packers: Kizer may be Packers’ starting QB (but, probably not)

Here’s some info on that guy named DeShone Kizer, in case that Rodgers-guy doesn’t play.

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

There’s been speculation since Sunday night whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will actually play come Sunday. All signs point to him playing, even though he’s taking it day-by-day and was listed questionable on today’s injury report.

Even if the Vikings thought Rodgers wasn’t going to play (which I don’t think the team does), then more than likely the team would still prep for if Rodgers were to play. If Rodgers doesn’t play, that will mean backup DeShone Kizer will get the nod against that vicious Vikings defense. Kizer seen some action against Chicago when Rodgers was getting his knee checked out.

Kizer only participated in 14 offensive snaps. During his short stint, he showed signs of being a capable backup, but then showed the same struggles he had while in Cleveland (throwing picks). He completed four-of-seven passes for 55 yards and one interception.

The 22-year-old, out of Notre Dame was traded to Green Bay during the offseason from Cleveland. Kizer was the Browns’ second round draft pick in 2017. The trade took place after the Packers dealt former backup quarterback Brett Hundley to the Seattle Seahawks.

Some stats while he was at Cleveland:

  • Kizer went 0-15 during his rookie campaign in Cleveland, but let’s cut the kid a break, he was thrown into a crappy situation, with a offense that have plagued quarterbacks before him.
  • He threw for 11 touchdowns (not too shabby) and 22 interceptions (ouch). He showed plenty of inconsistencies, but what else do you expect from a second-round draft pick?
  • Kizer threw the ball 476 times in 15 games. He completed 255 of those passes for a total of 2,894 yards.
  • He managed to rush the ball for 419 yards off of 77 carries and two touchdowns.

On a real note, Rodgers will probably play, but it’s also a good opportunity to brush up on who the Vikes could be playing against, just in case. In reality Kizer has no shot against Minnesota’s defense, so I’m sure Kizer, himself, actually hopes Rodgers will play.

If the medical staff gives Rodgers whatever they gave him when he went into the locker room after getting hurt, then he will be good to go.

But, beyond all that, skol Vikes! Lets get that win!