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Thursday's preseason finale is about 'opportunities'

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media Tuesday morning


GREEN BAY - The Packers have a plan for how they will handle the three quarterbacks vying for the No. 2 job behind Aaron Rodgers during Thursday's preseason finale in Kansas City, according to Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

While Brett Hundley (32 snaps in the first half) and DeShone Kizer (44 in the second) split quarterback snaps last Friday in Oakland, it's McCarthy's hope to get Tim Boyle involved against Kansas City. The undrafted rookie didn't play against the Raiders after completing 11-of-22 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the first two preseason games.

While Rodgers was back in meetings Tuesday morning after missing Monday's practice with an illness, it's been customary for the Packers' starting quarterback to sit during the preseason finale.

"We have a plan. We really look at the opportunities, snaps," said McCarthy in his pre-practice news conference on Tuesday morning. "So it's really about all three of those guys, and that's what we'll weigh. ... I think it's important really to get Tim probably more snaps than the other two, just because he did not have an opportunity to play in Oakland."

The Packers must reduce their 90-man roster to the initial 53 by Saturday afternoon, with Thursday's game in Kansas City being the final audition for dozens of players on the roster bubble, including Boyle

"I've always focused on if they've earned an opportunity, you have to give these players an opportunity to be on a 53," McCarthy said. "I don't like it when a player doesn't play in a game. In Tim's instance last week, he practiced and prepared like anyone else in camp. The fact these guys get to play another game is so important. It's good for the league. It's good for everybody."

McCarthy said Tuesday's practice will feature the team's heaviest workload of the week and serve as a key indicator for how involved Trevor Davis (hamstring) will be against the Chiefs after the third-year returner/receiver returned to practice Monday.

The team also will hold a light practice Wednesday afternoon before the Packers' annual "Welcome Back" luncheon and flight to Kansas City.

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