Matt Flynn
Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) prepares to throw the ball during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aug. 28, 2014. Reuters/Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Anticipating their starting quarterback being out a few games to start the regular season, the New England Patriots have loaded up on backup quarterbacks to help them in their campaign in the new NFL season.

The Patriots signed veteran quarterback Matt Flynn as a probable QB option for Jimmy Garoppolo, according to a report from Dianna Russini of ESPN. Flynn worked out for the Patriots earlier in the week.

A seventh-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft, Flynn’s career has largely been as a backup quarterback, with stints with the Packers (2008-2011, 2013 and 2014), Seattle Seahawks (2012) and Oakland Raiders (2013).

The 29-year-old QB has accumulated 2,541 passing yards on 219 of 357 completions with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His best year came in 2013 with the Packers when he had 1,146 passing yards with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

The 23-year-old Garoppolo is a second-year NFL player who was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the draft last year. He played a total of six games, passing for 182 yards on 19 of 27 completions with a touchdown.