Vince Young Wins Backup Quarterback Job with the Green Bay Packers

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If you had the “pleasure” of watching Graham Harrell play what was supposed to be quarterback last night, you shouldn’t be too surprised that the Green Bay Packers have decided to release the former Texas Tech standout, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What is a bit surprising is that Green Bay has handed the No. 2 quarterback job behind Aaron Rodgers to Vince Young, who has been with the team for less than a month.

Young, a former top-five pick of the Tennessee Titans, wasn’t in the NFL last season after the Buffalo Bills released him in training camp. His last NFL action came with the Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team” back in 2011. Young put up four touchdowns compared to nine interceptions and lost two of his three starts that season.

However, Young has impressed in Packers’ camp thus far and performed extremely well in their third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He completed six-of-seven passes for 41 yards and a score, while adding 39 yards on the ground in three attempts.

It’s important to note that Rodgers has missed just one game due to injury in his career.

Much like every contending team in the NFL, if Green Bay were to lose its starting quarterback, it would take a major step back. That being said, Mike McCarthy and Co. needed to find the right guy to back Rodgers up, if only as an insurance policy.

Young seems to be that guy.

 

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Friday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.