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Point of Veau: Vince Young Would Be Scout Team Read-Option QB

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Point of Veau: Vince Young Would Be Scout Team Read-Option QB

While neither Graham Harrell or B.J. Coleman have inspired much confidence at the backup quarterback position in Green Bay either this season or last, Vince Young isn't really being brought in to legitimately compete for a job in Green Bay, even if their mouthpieces insist he is.

Young, should the Packers choose to sign him, provides the biggest value as read-option prep work for the Packers defense, as they get ready for the start of the 2013 season.

In the first two weeks of the regular season, the Packers face two of the most athletic quarterbacks in the NFL in Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and potentially Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, if he's able to return from last year's knee injury in time.

The Packers currently have one spot open on their 90-man roster and have had that spot open for weeks. They wouldn't have to make room for Young.

Essentially, the Packers would be adding a practice squad player, specifically brought in give the Packers defense a mobile quarterback to work against for the remainder of training camp.

Sure, he would provide the Packers an insurance policy should any injury occur to either Harrell or Coleman, but Young can't be considered a serious candidate to beat out either of them out to become Aaron Rodgers' backup.

Young has failed to show his capability as an NFL quarterback in recent seasons, with the Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and most recently the Buffalo Bills. Young has also dealt with a variety of off-field issues in recent years as well.

But with rosters set at 90 for the next fews weeks, Young would be a luxury signing for the Packers.

It's not as if Young is in a position to be picky. The Packers might be taking advantage of his mobile ability for primarily scout-team looks, but this would likely be Young's only realistic situation to sign a contract with an NFL team and get his foot back in the door.


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rjwh23's picture

If Young is signed I don't think it will be just a scout team addition. It could turn-out that way but Thompson won't approach this move unless there's more potential than practice. Remember, the staff devoted a lot of the off-season studying the read - option and the coaches are some of the more creative people in football.

Ma linger's picture

Maybe they are anticipating a major Rogers injury and with this O line feel they need someone who can run for his life?

Hands's picture

I think there may be some truth to that but VY is probably far superior to their existing QBs not named Aaron Rodgers. Plans may be Coleman back to PS, VY back-up and Harrell cut. After a few year of ego adjustments and QB school VY goes to another team via trade or permanent back-up.

mike's picture

would not mind young over harrell and coleman back on the ps

Drealyn Williams's picture

it's funny how some fans were actually worried of Coleman being plucked from our PS last season.

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