The NFL career of former Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell will have at least one more stop.
According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the New York Jets agreed to a deal Tuesday night with Harrell, who the Packers cut last Saturday.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) August 28, 2013
Harrell completed 23 of 42 passes for 169 yards (4.0 yards per attempt) and an interception (54.6 passer rating) over three preseason games this August. The Packers moved on from their 2012 backup last weekend, just one day after Harrell struggled with the first team offense against the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, Vince Young impressed while operating with the reserves.
As Aaron Rodgers' backup last season, Harrell appeared in four games, completing two of four passes for 20 yards. He also lost a fumble on his first ever NFL snap against the New Orleans Saints during a botched handoff.
While Harrell was well-versed in the Packers offense, his knowledge in the system rarely translated to live-game settings. Even his tangible improvements in Green Bay couldn't overcome his overriding deficiencies in arm strength and mobility.
The Jets, who are dealing with injuries to Mark Sanchez (shoulder) and Greg McElroy (ankle), will likely use Harrell as filler for the preseason finale. New York currently has second-round pick Geno Smith, Sanchez, McElroy and Matt Simms on the quarterback depth chart.
Zach Kruse is a 25-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covered prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at [email protected].
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