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Report: Packers Working Out QB Vince Young Monday

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Report: Packers Working Out QB Vince Young Monday

The Green Bay Packers are reportedly taking an extended look at a former Pro Bowl quarterback Monday.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers will work out 30-year-old Vince Young, who was selected to two Pro Bowls with the Tennessee Titans after becoming the franchise's No. 3 overall pick in 2006. Young spent five inconsistent and controversy-riddled seasons with the Titans (2006-10) and one with the failed Dream Team of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011.

Although he hasn't played a regular-season snap since '11, Young did receive a training camp look from the Buffalo Bills last August. He completed 25 of 52 passes for 276 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions over three preseason games, but Buffalo later cut Young in favor of Tarvaris Jackson.

Over six NFL seasons, Young has completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 8,964 yards 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions (74.4 passer rating). He has received varied interest from teams such as the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders since being released last summer, but no team has went past the interest stage.

As it stands currently, the Packers have both Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman behind starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two have been competing to be Rodgers' primary backup in 2013, but neither has been especially inspiring this summer.

At Saturday's night's intra-squad scrimmage, the veteran Harrell clearly outplayed Coleman, who tossed two interceptions. The two quarterbacks split reps once Rodgers exited following the first series.

It's probably too early to tell whether the Packers are legitimately concerned about their backup quarterbacks or if general manager Ted Thompson is simply updating his profile of Young.

Zach Kruse is a 25-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at zachkruse2@gmail.com.

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hayward4president's picture

I truely don't know how to feel about this. It's hard to see TT bringing in someone with character issues as big as VY has had though....right?

Jamie's picture

Consider signing him for camp/preseason to get read-option looks?

Robert's picture

He doesn't seem like a very good fit, given the complexity of the offense, but MM does like a project.

mike's picture

as of right now he would be better than both back ups now but not by much

packeraaron's picture

Not even close.

Jamie's picture

The more I think about this...it is purely a prep or read-option related look.

Longshanks's picture

I agree with you Jamie to an extent. I also think it's in response to Coleman's poor showing at Family Night.

I don't get what all the hoopla is over Coleman. Yeah, he's tall and has a strong arm but let's be honest, he's another Brett Favre turnover machine when he's in there. No way is MM going to go into this season with Brett Favre Jr. behind Rodgers.

Harrel is one heck of a quarterback and I have no doubt he can come in and move the offense just like Rodgers can. MM I have no doubt feels the same now.

Young is here for a little read option looks and to kick Coleman in gear to see how he responds. That's what I think this is about. Coleman like Crosby are both on thin ice. Time is running out for them.

Cole's picture

"Harrel is one heck of a quarterback and I have no doubt he can come in and move the offense just like Rodgers can. MM I have no doubt feels the same now." Uhhh? No.

Longshanks's picture

Graham Harrel is accurate as hell. Just like Rodgers. Only Rodgers knows this offense better. He certainly is capable of winning. You'll see this preseason what I am talking about. He'll finally get some reps with some quality players out there unlike last season when he was playing with 3rd and 4th string linemen.

He's more talented than Matt Flynn was at the same time in their careers. Funny thing is I say this and people laugh but people were saying the exact same thing about Graham Harrel as they were about Aaron Rodgers in 2007.

You really think he's going to keep Harrel around if he doesn't have faith in him? Coleman is the guy that you wouldn't win a game with this season not Harrel.

Stroh's picture

Not even close... I would have taken Flynn everyday over Harrell. Harrell has poor arm strength and Flynn played and succeeded (winning Natl Champ at LSU) in a Pro Style offense. Flynn was a great leader. Harrell has no arm, even after working to make it stronger, and he played in a gimmicky offense under Mike Leach where most of his passes were WR screens or bubble routes. Harrell will never be any better and he's been in GB for 3 years. Harrell's done next to NOTHING, except fumble his one chance in the regular season.

Longshanks's picture

Actually Flynn has also done "next to nothing". Two starts vs. 0 starts for Harrel. Flynn could not beat out a rookie qb in Seattle and now he's in Oakland. Harrel is being unfairly criticized for a botched play that was the fault of Jeff Saturday, who was so bad he was benched last year despite making the Pro Bowl.

We can disagree but I look at Harrel and I see a budding star in the making similar to Rodgers' progression behind Favre in 2007. Graham Harrel is officially ready to be a starting qb in this league. Just glad he's our backup and not on Buffalo who wanted him bad.
You people need to stop bringing up the botched handoff. I recall Brett Favre's first pass was to himself. Just think if Holmgren benched him after that and he never was given another chance? You and everyone else who hates Harrel will see what I see starting this week against SD. Can't wait to say "I told you so"!!

Evan's picture

Not beating out Russell Wilson is nothing to be ashamed of, imo.

GBFaninCA's picture

FML lose Bulaga and gain a Vince Young? I really hope it is STRICTLY for practice purposes....

Jim's picture

Not a good fit. Is he going to have his next birthday bash at Chuck E. Cheese?

glastron1's picture

If Rodgers goes down in the first game of the season and Harrel has to start the rest of the season, Green Bay wins one maybe two games at the most the rest of the year.

Evan's picture

Well, duh.

Fish . Crane's picture

i disagree... While losing Rodgers would be the worst...this year's team may have more balance then the past....and the defense isn't going to be a push over. GB can win many football games without AR

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