Can B.J. Coleman grow for Green Bay Packers in Year 2?
Just because Aaron Rodgers is their quarterback doesn’t mean that the Green Bay Packers can feel secure at the position. Since the departure of Matt Flynn, the Cheeseheads have failed to find a capable backup to hold clipboards behind the NFL’s golden boy.
While some believe that Graham Harrell can be that reliable backup, others are more skeptical. During the rare snaps he saw in 2012, Harrell completed two of four passes for 20 yards while losing a fumble. Even though he has yet to receive extensive opportunities, the Packers aren’t sold on him as their contingency plan if Rodgers goes down.
According to Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, there is another option that the Packers will look into this offseason.
“The Packers want to see if second-year B.J. Coleman can win the No. 2 job from Graham Harrell,” Reischel said in a Friday column.
Last preseason, Coleman saw limited snaps while acting as the Packers’ third-string quarterback behind Harrell. During that short stint, the former Chattanooga standout completed seven of his 18 passes for 77 yards and one interception. While his play was far from inspirational, the Packers are still holding out hope that he can take a big step forward in his sophomore season.
Coleman, a 2012 seventh-round pick, failed to make the Packers’ 53-man roster, falling victim to the final round of cuts. He was eventually re-signed to the practice squad, where he spent the entire 2012 season.
Throughout his college career, Coleman showed the type of quarterbacking skills that a passer needs to succeed in the NFL. While he’s far from a sure thing, Coleman has the arm strength, release and leadership that equates to a quality quarterback. The only thing he needs now is more time, coaching and experience with the Packers.
In the end, Coleman’s willingness to hone his craft with hard work and dedication gives him a foot up on the competition. It might not happen right away, but Coleman has the potential to develop into Rodgers’ primary backup.
We’ll see what kind of improvement Coleman can undergo in 2013. If it’s significant, Harrell could soon be on his way out of Green Bay.