StaTuesday: Hundley rare Packers running QB

The tenure of Brett Hundley as starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers has been volatile, to say the least.

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Under Hundley’s reign, the Packers have had some brutal home losses (30-17 to Detroit and 23-0 against Baltimore), nearly knocked off Pittsburgh on the road and have won back-to-back overtime games for the first time in franchise history.

Hundley has had two games with three interceptions and two with three touchdowns. In  his seven starts, three times Hundley has had a QB rating of better than 110, but also three times with a rating of less than 49.

There has been one consistent in Hundley’s game, however — his ability to run.

In all but one of his starts, Hundley has averaged at least 5.0 yards per rush (and the one he didn’t, at Cleveland this past Sunday, he was still at a respectable 4.43). He’s averaging nearly 30 yards rushing per game in those seven starts and is at 207 yards overall on the season.

This makes Hundley one of just five Packers quarterbacks ever to rush for 200+ yards in a season and the 18th time overall it has been accomplished.

PLAYER YEAR G GS ATT YDS TD
Tobin Rote 1951 12 11 76 523 3
Tobin Rote 1952 12 8 8 58 2
Tobin Rote 1954 12 12 67 301 8
Tobin Rote 1955 12 12 74 332 5
Tobin Rote 1956 12 11 84 398 11
Don Majkowski 1988 13 9 47 225 1
Don Majkowski 1989 16 16 75 358 5
Brett Favre 1993 16 16 58 216 1
Brett Favre 1994 16 16 42 202 2
Aaron Rodgers 2008 16 16 56 207 4
Aaron Rodgers 2009 16 16 58 316 4
Aaron Rodgers 2010 15 15 64 356 4
Aaron Rodgers 2011 15 15 60 257 3
Aaron Rodgers 2012 16 16 54 259 2
Aaron Rodgers 2014 16 16 43 269 2
Aaron Rodgers 2015 16 16 58 344 1
Aaron Rodgers 2016 16 16 67 369 4
Brett Hundley 2017 9 7 28 207 2

Hundley hasn’t just gained the yards, but his rushes have been productive. He’s averaging 7.39 yards per carry, which is among the best in the NFL for players with 10+ carries and second-highest among quarterbacks, behind just injured Houston QB Deshaun Watson but ahead of players such as Dallas’ Dak Prescott and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.

PLAYER TEAM ATT YDS AVG
Cordarrelle Patterson OAK 12 125 10.42
Corey Grant JAX 20 179 8.95
Deshaun Watson HOU 36 269 7.47
Brett Hundley GB 28 207 7.39
Kevin Hogan CLE 10 71 7.10
Alvin Kamara NO 87 608 6.99
Mitch Trubisky CHI 31 199 6.42
Dak Prescott DAL 45 288 6.4
Russell Wilson SEA 76 482 6.34
T.J. Yeldon JAX 33 208 6.30

Among all-time Packers quarterbacks, Hundley has the fourth-highest yards per carry (minimum 10 carries).

PLAYER YEAR ATT YDS AVG
Bart Starr 1965 18 169 9.39
Bart Starr 1963 13 116 8.92
Don Majkowski 1987 15 127 8.47
Brett Hundley 2017 28 207 7.39
Tobin Rote 1951 76 523 6.88
Bart Starr 1964 24 165 6.88
Don Majkowski 1990 29 186 6.41
Joe Francis 1958 24 153 6.38
Aaron Rodgers 2014 43 269 6.26

Hundley might just have another opportunity to helm Green Bay in 2017. If so, look for his legs to play a big part of his game.

Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow, Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns