Breaking news this AM: #Packers have released QB B.J. Coleman. No word on who backup QB will be but evidently not Coleman per NFL source
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) September 2, 2013
B.J. Coleman’s run as the Green Bay Packers’ No. 2 quarterback lasted just more than 24 hours.
A few eyebrows were raised when Vince Young was cut on Saturday and Coleman was named the top backup to Aaron Rodgers by default, but it appears that the former 2012 seventh round draft choice won’t be suiting up for the Packers when they face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 of the regular season.
The plan, at least for the time being, is for the Packers to sign NFL journeyman quarterback Seneca Wallace, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.
Wallace is 33 years old and was last seen competing for a backup job with the 49ers this preseason and later allegedly said to be retiring by coach Jim Harbaugh, a notion Wallace disputes.
Along with Scott Tolzien reportedly being signed to the Packers’ practice squad, Wallace makes it two former 49ers quarterbacks signed by the Packers, perhaps in an attempt to gather intelligence on their season-opening opponent.
The Packers, however, are also looking for a quarterback that can keep them afloat should anything happen to Rodgers, and they’ll be hoping Wallace’s experience, if nothing else, will be enough to help them get by.
In seven NFL seasons, Wallace has thrown for 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and has a career completion percentage of 59.2 percent. He last started three games for the Cleveland Browns in 2011.
Werder reports Wallace will be taking part in practice Monday in Green Bay where he’ll be taking part in a crash course on the Packers offense.
Coleman spent his entire rookie season on the Packers practice squad and was given plenty of opportunity to win the primary backup job the past spring and summer.
Following a lackluster preseason performance in which he completed on 41.2 percent of his 34 pass attempts (14 completions) for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception, it was clear Coleman wasn’t ready for primetime––or at least not yet.
For his part, Coleman displayed the raw skills necessary to play quarterback in the NFL, a strong arm and an ability to thread the needle, as evident on his nine-yard touchdown strike to tight end Jake Stoneburner in second preseason game.
But Coleman also didn’t display the decision-making skills nor the accuracy of a viable NFL quarterback in his two training camp stint in Green Bay.