The Green Bay Packers continue to anxiously await the return of their All-Pro quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. After he suffered a broken collarbone during the team’s Week 9 Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears, the team has been unable to get into the win column, losing that game, along with next week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and on Sunday against the New York Giants, Scott Tolzien got his first NFL start in hopes of stopping the bleeding.
He was unable to do so, as he finished 24/34 passing and threw three interceptions in Green Bay’s 27-13 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Former Wisconsin Badgers receiver David Gilreath, a former teammate of his, assured Tolzien is “real goofy, nerdy,” but never rattled on the field.
“He’s one of those guys,” Gilreath said, “that even if he’s second-, third-, fourth-string or whatever, he’s going to prepare like the starter. That’s just how he is.”
Former NFL QB Rob Johnson, who has worked with Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer and Matt Schaub as QB guru, called Tolzien one of the most diligent workers he’s ever had and believes he will succeed in the NFL:
“I’d listen to guys on TV questioning his arm strength, and I’m working with the guy every day,” Johnson said. “I spent 10 years in the NFL and he can make every throw — and go hard on every throw. He was very consistent. Came to work every day.”