April 23, 2014

Harrell shows he belongs

For the first three preseason games, Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham

Graham Harrell

Harrell had fans wondering.  They didn’t know if the Packers had a backup quarterback on their roster or not.

Last night, Harrell proved that he belongs, completing 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers 24-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

AUDIO: Harrell says he knew he could do it :22

Harrell had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3.  His performance proved it to be well deserved.  His only two incompletions came on a throwaway and a dropped ball.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy is happy with Harrell’s performance :16

Harrell’s performance for the first three weeks mirrored the second teams performance.  That unit failed, which left Harrell with little support.  Last night, that unit played better and it allowed Harrell to get into a groove .

The coaches cautioned not to read too much into Harrell’s numbers prior to last nights game.  Mike McCarthy said repeatedly that they saw progress in Harrell.  They led you to believe that Harrell was going to be their guy going into the season to back up Aaron Rodgers.  Harrell’s performance on Thursday night has everyone feeling much better about the backup in Green Bay.