Rookie quarterback B.J. Coleman has all the physical tools needed to play in the NFL
The Green Bay Packers haven’t opened a regular season with three quarterbacks on the roster since 2008, but that could change come September. If seventh-round draft pick B.J. Coleman continues to develop, there’s a chance he could join starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Graham Harrell on the final 53.
That’s because, unlike Harrell the past two years, Coleman might not clear waivers and make it to the practice squad. The former Tennessee at Chattanooga star has good size, a strong arm and just the right amount of swagger. Being taught the position by some of the best quarterback coaches in the business is another thing that makes him intriguing. And in a league where there is a real paucity of talent under center, the chance to get someone like Coleman might be very tempting to a few general managers.
Keeping a third quarterback on the roster isn’t something the Packers want to do because it would mean having to go lighter at another position. But would general manager Ted Thompson be willing to risk losing Coleman – especially when Harrell hasn’t been all that impressive this summer? That’s the big question.
I know there will be talk about keeping Coleman and cutting Harrell, but that’s highly unlikely. While Thompson was willing to keep two rookies behind Rodgers in 2008, both Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn came into the NFL from major college programs and were considered more ready to play. If I had to guess, I think Thompson will once again keep two quarterbacks. But the decision will be harder than usual.