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The biggest 'fluke' seasons for NFL QBs

Players at all positions have had fluke seasons, but it's the QBs that stick out most. Here are the top 10, including two current NFC East starters.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers training camp practice No. 16 (the last one) news and notes … 1) Those who turned out to watch the last practice open to the public probably wondered why the Packers ran the 2-minute drill at no more than half-speed. What good could that possibly do? Coach Matt LaFleur said he wanted to save the players legs but still believes the operation of the drill carries value. Aaron Rodgers revealed that he calls the plays in the 2-minute drive and believes even at half speed it's good for the offense. "Any 2-minute drill you do there's going to be different situations that come up that spark some good conversation afterwards," Rodgers said. "Why did you like this play in this situation?" For what it's worth, Rodgers' 2-minute drive ended when Davante Adams dropped what would've been an 11-yard touchdown as time expired.

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Packers training camp practice No. 16 (the last one) news and notes … 2) At this point, there seems little doubt that Allen Lazard is an NFL-caliber receiver. It's just a matter of whether he can crack the Packers' depth chart in what Aaron Rodgers called "one of the deeper groups that we've had." Lazard leads the Packers with 90 yards receiving (on just four catches with a touchdown) in the preseason after spending most of last season on the practice squad. At 6-foot-5, he's one of the tallest targets on the team. "There are a lot of guys with legitimate shots to make the team -- some guys who you didn't maybe think of before camp who have had incredible camps," Rodgers said. "And I'm talking about specifically, Allan Lazard. He's had a really nice camp, he's made a bunch of plays. He's always showing up on special teams, he does things the right way in practice. I think he's put himself in position to legitimately be playing for all 32 teams."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers training camp practice No. 16 (the last one) news and notes … 3) For all the times that J'Mon Moore has dropped passes this camp — like yesterday when he dropped two — it would be unfair to let pass one of the best catches he's made – or anyone has made – this camp. During one of the full-speed team periods, Moore made a leaping 30-yard touchdown grab over safety Natrell Jamerson on a deep ball from Tim Boyle.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers training camp practice No. 16 (the last one) news and notes … 4) While there are still four more practices – all closed to the public – between now and the preseason finale on Aug. 29, training camp effectively ended after Monday's one-hour and 57-minute practice. That put the total time on the field for LaFleur's first camp at a quick 30 hours and 49 minutes over 16 practices. And people thought Mike McCarthy's camp was short. Last year in 15 practices, camp McCarthy lasted 33 hours and 6 minutes. It went 33:52 in 15 practices in 2017, 34:21 in 17 practices in 2016 and 31:48 in 17 practices in 2015 (the shortest camp since we began tracking this in 2014 – a camp that went 35:30). The longest practice of LaFleur's first camp was 2:19 on July 31. McCarthy had five practices last year that went more than 2:30. However, it should be noted that LaFleur doubled up on reps at times, essentially conducting two practices at once in certain periods (with the starters and top backups at one end of the field, and the rest of the squad at the other).

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers on what difference it makes if he plays in the preseason: "If we [the starters] didn't play, I'd feel great going into Week 1. If we did, I wouldn't really be worried too much about the results. If we go down and score a touchdown, it's not going to give me any more confidence than I already have in the scheme. If we go three and out, it's not going to dampen any confidence that I have in what we've established so far in the training camp practices."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Graham did not need surgery on his finger and coach Matt LaFleur said he will "be all right."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur said Aaron Rodgers looked pretty good today after sitting out a few days with back tightness but didn't say for sure whether Rodgers would play Thursday — or at all in the preseason. "I don't think it's going to make or break us, " LaFleur said. "I've got so much confidence in him. "

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The final public practice of training camp ends after one hour and 57 minutes with a half-speed (at most) 2-minute drill in which Davante Adams drops a pass in the end zone. Players give the fans a round of applause.

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Trevor Davis picked up right where he left off before his stinger. Just made a contested catch on a deep ball from Tim Boyle between a pair of DBs for a 40-yard play. It was all Davis, who adjusted to the ball and boxed out the defenders. If he's healthy, it's hard to imagine he won't be on the team.

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Aaron Rodgers doing some ball-handling work while the ball handlers try not to get the ball punched out.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Photographic evidence of Aaron Rodgers back at practice after missing the last preseason game and yesterday's practice because of back tightness. GM Brian Gutekunst said a few minutes ago that if all goes well, Rodgers is expected to make his preseason debut on Thursday against the Raiders in Winnipeg.

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Training camp MVPs for all 32 NFL teams

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GM Brian Gutekunst said of TE Jimmy Graham's hand injury from yesterday, "I think we might have escaped one." Graham ran off the practice field with what looked like a dislocated finger.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 1) Practice without Aaron Rodgers looked a lot like last Thursday's preseason game without Rodgers – ugly. With Rodgers still resting because of a sore back, LaFleur tried to ramp up the competition by moving team periods to earlier in practice. But it started badly. On the first play, he chewed out rookie running back Dexter Williams for a missed assignment. "It wasn't like a play call coming out of left field; it was something we had scripted," LaFleur said. "And when we get out there and we don't know what we're doing and we have a busted assignment, that's pretty irritating to me. It doesn't make sense to me." It was a particularly poor day for the offense. With DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle and Manny Wilkins as the three quarterbacks, there were pre-snap penalties, dropped passes and turnovers. "It was pretty sloppy overall," LaFleur said. "That's why I said what I said in terms of if you miss somebody, the standards don't change."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 2) It's hard to tell what Packers special teams coach Shawn Mennenga is trying to accomplish with his recent field goal periods in practice. On Sunday, he had Mason Crosby and Sam Ficken – who are supposedly competing for the kicking job – kick field goals of 22, 28, 33 and 40 yards. Last week, one practice saw them attempt kicks of 27, 32 and 37 yards. All were good, but it hardly seemed like much of a test. "Yeah that's something I'm going to… I think it was a little windy out there today, that happens in Lambeau quite a bit, too, but that's something I'm going to talk with Shawn about," LaFleur said.

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Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 3) Everyone was relieved that receiver J'Mon Moore came away unscathed from a car crash on Friday that the second-year receiver said was caused by wet road conditions that sent his car into a hydroplane on a local highway. Moore was back on the practice field Sunday, but he had another tough day with two dropped passes.

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Packers practice No. 15 news and notes… 4) Matt LaFleur didn't have an update on tight end Jimmy Graham, who ran off the practice field with what looked like a dislocated finger early in the session. "Yeah, he hurt his finger," LaFleur said. "I don't know. I just know he missed the rest of practice." Here's the full participation report ... Still out: Aaron Rodgers, Kevin King, Josh Jones, Ibraheim Campbell, Oren Burks, Danny Vitale, Kabion Ento, Greg Roberts, Jace Sternberger. New: Ka'dar Hollman (stinger), David Bakhtiari (personal), Reggie Gilbert (knee). Returned: Trevor Davis, Jamaal Williams, Malcolm Johnson, Fadol Brown.

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Coach: 'Day-by-day' call for QB Rodgers' return

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't practice on Sunday despite being expected to return after a sore back held him out of Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur said they're taking it day-by-day with Aaron Rodgers (back tightness), but he's pretty sure if this were a regular-season week he would be out there. LaFleur said it's "not overly concerning" to him, but it's starting to look like at least a possibility that Rodgers won't play in the preseason. If Rodgers doesn't play Thursday, it's probably unlikely that he would play in the finale especially considering the season opener is on a Thursday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-to-last public practice goes an hour and 55 minutes and it wasn't pretty for an offense without Aaron Rodgers (back tightness).

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