December 20, 2014

Young wins backup quarterback job

The Green Bay Packers spent three years trying to shape Graham Harrell into a reliable backup quarterback.  But the experiment ended this

Vince Young

Vince Young

weekend when the Packers cut Harrell, opting instead for 30-year old veteran Vince Young.

Harrell spent the first two seasons on the Packers practice squad but won the backup job last season after Matt Flynn signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

Vince Young completed 6 of 7 passes for 41 yards and a 1-yard touchdown pass.  He also rushed 3 times for 39 yards.  His touchdown pass came on an 11-play, 80-yard drive and it was enough to convince the Packers that he was their man behind Rodgers.

Harrell finished the preseason in Green Bay completing 23 of 42 passes for 169 yards and an interception.  His quarterback rating was 54.6.  Young is 12 of 19 for 74 yards and a touchdown with a preseason quarterback rating of 88.5.

The Packers also still have B.J. Coleman on their roster.  He’ll likely be released and spend another season on the Packers practice squad.

The Packers also released wide receivers Alex Gillett, Omarius Hines and Justin Wilson.  They have until 3pm Tuesday to get the roster down to 75 players.