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Packers offseason roster review: Quarterbacks

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- General manager Ted Thompson's heavy lifting is done. Now it’s time to watch the Green Bay Packers' roster take shape.

That starts with organized team activities, which begin next week.

Between now and then, we'll take a position-by-position look at the offseason roster now that the draft and the busy portion of free agency is over.

First up, quarterbacks.

Who they added: Brett Hundley (fifth-round pick), Matt Blanchard (street free agent signed April 15).

Key holdovers: Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien.

Roster spots likely available: Three.

Competition: The Packers always could bring back Matt Flynn, but it appears they have moved on from the guy who saved them in the Rodgers' broken collarbone season of 2013. Last summer, Tolzien outplayed Flynn in the preseason, but coach Mike McCarthy went with Flynn as the No. 2 largely because of his experience in their offense. Another full year in the Packers' program should put Tolzien in position to be Rodgers' top backup. Unless Tolzien falters this summer, the Packers won't need to rush Hundley's development. His addition doesn't bode well for Blanchard, the former practice squad player with the Panthers and Bears who was signed last month.

Notable: It seems like eons ago that McCarthy announced he was giving up play-calling duties, but this is the first time anyone will see how that impacts practices. Typically, McCarthy stood with the quarterbacks during the 11-on-11 portion of practice and would send in the plays from there. Now, with Tom Clements handling those duties, McCarthy won't have as much direct contact with Rodgers and the other quarterbacks.