News now! Matt Flynn is No. 2 QB; Corey Linsley to start at C

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 31, 2014 – 4:16 pm

140831-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Matt Flynn is the No. 2 quarterback for the Packers, Mike McCarthy said on Sunday.

The Packers kept three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for the first time since 2008, with both Flynn and Scott Tolzien behind starter Aaron Rodgers. McCarthy said Flynn is the top backup.

“Matt took the No. 2 reps today,” McCarthy said, referring to Sunday’s practice.

McCarthy also said rookie fifth-round pick Corey Linsley will start at center in Seattle in place of the injured JC Tretter. Toward the end of training camp, Linsley took most of the reps at center with the No. 1 offensive line, but guard Josh Sitton took some snaps as well.

“Corey Linsley is our starting center. I feel good about where he is,” McCarthy said.

The Packers signed 10 players to the practice squad on Sunday. All 10 of those players were with the team in the preseason.

“The evaluation process is over. It’s a long process. We like our team,” McCarthy said. “I’m happy all 63 of the guys are our own.”

Sunday’s practice began the full week of preparation for Thursday’s opener in Seattle, where the Packers last played in 2012, losing on the infamous “Fail Mary” play.

That game will not be part of the coaching staff’s communication or motivation this week.

“I can promise you that the only time that topic will be brought up is when I’m in here,” McCarthy said. “It’s in the past.”

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