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Rookie QB Hundley, young receivers lead Packers to 38-10 rout of Saints in preseason finale

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — Based on what he's done this preseason for the Green Bay Packers, rookie may someday turn into a starting quarterback in the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints would just like to find decent replacements in their depleted secondary before the regular season starts in less than two weeks.

Hundley threw for four scores, made a case for a spot in the Packers' injury-stricken receiving corps with two touchdowns, and Green Bay finished the preseason with a 38-10 win Thursday night over winless New Orleans.

"He has a lot in front of him," coach said about Hundley. "He has a lot to learn."

Hundley will likely get to do it as the third-string quarterback behind NFL MVP and top backup .

Hundley connected with on a 77-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter for the Packers (2-2). Pinkard had a highlight-reel play that the roster longshot needed to make an impression with cuts looming, though he later left with a sprained shoulder.

Receiver also had a touchdown catch. He's among the young players vying to help fill the void left by the season-ending knee injury to top wideout .

"We're going to have tough decisions to make," McCarthy said.

The Saints' defense helped make it look easy.

Pinkard's long touchdown came after safety slipped and cornerback lost a race to the end zone. Cornerback had an interception but was called for two penalties.

"We'll have to watch the tape, but I thought we struggled at corner," Saints coach said.

Cornerback and safety have both been sidelined for all or much of camp with injuries.

Other observations:

SAINTS RECEIVERS

, vying for a Saints receiver spot, caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from on the first New Orleans drive.

He finished with three catches for 31 yards.

"I produced, I put good stuff on tape, so hopefully the coaches like what I've done and they keep me on," Snead said.

BACKING BREES

McCown started and was 5 of 5 for 82 yards in his only series. was among the many regulars who were held out with the regular season starting in less than two weeks.

With backup jobs at stake, took over for McCown and went 7 of 13 for 56 yards. Rookie , who was drafted in the third round, played the second half and moved the ball effectively at times, finishing 8 of 19 for 71 yards but throwing two interceptions.

BACKING RODGERS

Tolzien, who started on Thursday with Rodgers watching in sweats. He finished 7 of 11 for 41 yards, leaving early in the second quarter.

A fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA, Hundley flashed promise for a second straight game, showing zip on his passes while moving the offense effectively. He was 16 of 23 for 236 yards.

NO LETDOWN

Playing without most of its starters for the majority of the game, the Packers defense shut out the Saints after the first quarter. and had interceptions.

INJURIES

Pinkard's 77-yard touchdown was his only catch of the night. He struggled making it up the wall for his first Lambeau Leap.

"I barely had enough gas," Pinkard said.

Like other players on the bubble, Pinkard said he's going to be nervous the next few days. He also said he was going to be fine after his shoulder injury.

"I definitely believe I did grab a few people's attention tonight," Pinkard said.

OFFICIAL TEST

The NFL experimented with a six-man officiating crew for two series in the fourth quarter, with referee Jeff Triplette watching from the sideline. Phil Luckett, the NFL associate supervisor of officials, said it was a test that was supposed to be held at all 16 preseason games on Thursday night.

"Just to get a little experience working six-man, in case it happens during the season," Luckett said.


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PHOTO: New Orleans Saints' Tim Hightower runs during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
New Orleans Saints' Tim Hightower runs during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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PHOTO: Green Bay Packers' Brett Hundley celebrates with fans after an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 38-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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