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the sea­son.

Beathard showed prom­ise in his first start, a 29-27 road de­feat to the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers, com­plet­ing 23 of 37 passes for 298 yards, de­spite ab­sorb­ing some big hits in and out of the pocket.

But in last week’s 2818 loss to the Car­di­nals, Beathard was in­ter­cepted twice and lost two fum­bles, one of them re­turned for a touch­down. That off­set his two touch­down passes and ca­reer-high 349 yards through the air.

Over­all in two starts, Beathard has com­pleted 57 of 91 passes (62.6 per­cent) for 647 yards with four touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions.

Green Bay coach Mike Mc­carthy knows the chal­lenge a young quar­ter­back faces in try­ing to fill the shoes of an in­jured starter. Last sea­son, Brett Hund­ley en­dured a tur­bu­lent ride for the Pack­ers re­plac­ing two-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers, who broke his col­lar­bone.

“I think the big­gest thing with a backup quar­ter­back and es­pe­cially when he’s young — go­ing through it last year — is his abil­ity to keep the of­fense play­ing to the full menu of the game plan,” Mc­carthy said. “You look at their pro­duc­tion and you have to say C.J. def­i­nitely does that. That’s a com­pli­ment to him but also a com­pli­ment to their coach­ing staff for hav­ing the young man ready.”

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