Posted August 24, 2013

Green Bay Packers release Graham Harrell, leaving Vince Young as backup QB

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(Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Vince Young, who signed with the Packers on Aug. 5, went 6 for 7 with 39 rushing yards during Friday’s game. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Less than three weeks after signing a one-year deal, Vince Young appears to have won the Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback competition.

The Packers have released second-year quarterback Graham Harrell, according to NFL.com.

The move comes on the heels of Green Bay’s 17-10 loss to the Seahawks in their third preseason game on Friday, in which Harrell — who served as Aaron Rodgers’ backup last season — completed just 6 of 13 passes for 49 yards.

Young, by comparison, went 6 for 7 for 41 yards and rushed for 39 yards on three carries.

Harrell’s release leaves Young and 2013 seventh-round pick B.J. Coleman as the only quarterbacks on the Packers’ roster behind Rodgers, who has missed just two games in five seasons as a starter.

Young sat out the 2012 season after being released by the Bills at the end of the preseason. He appeared in six games as the Eagles’ backup in 2011, throwing four touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Prior to that, Young spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him with the third overall pick in 2006 after a storied college career at Texas.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news of Harrell’s release.


12 comments
Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Having watched Harrell play....it was a no-brainer. It's obvious Harrell was afraid of his own shadow on the field.

simzap
simzap

Young is a great athlete who needs training as a QB. So far he's trying to learn the playbook in 3 weeks without being familiar with the terminology.Two years of training in McCarty's QB camps and he'll be a legitimate starting NFL QB, IMO.

Ryan9
Ryan9

The Packers gave Harrell plenty of chances to make a positive impact in games and he simply wasn't getting it done.

He had all last season and this season to learn the offense.  He got first team reps for two quarters last night.  Despite those golden opportunities, he's looked lost throughout.  Then Vince Young, fresh off the street, knowing little of the playbook and having little time to gain any kind of chemistry with teammates, comes in and moves the ball down the field for a score.

This is the right move at the right time.  Harrell clearly isn't going to cut it in the NFL and Vince Young needs some quality playing time in the 4th preseason game.  BJ Coleman is not ready for the NFL either and should be designated to the practice squad (if possible) when the roster drops to 53.

Action
Action

Save your money this time VY.  Save your money.

SephirothDZX
SephirothDZX

Lets be fair here, a squirrel could have thrown a jersey on and out performed Graham Harrell.

JesseGonzalez
JesseGonzalez

Good for Young hopefully he can stick around a few more years.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

@Ryan9 Keep in mind that Harrell played against the Seahawks 1st team, and Young played against the 2nd/3rd string team. BIG difference, but I agree that Harrell is worthless.

Robert114
Robert114

@Action I hope he learned his lesson and has some good people taking care of his funds.  

kyyled5
kyyled5

@fordmike79 He lit it up in college. Then again, so did VY.

Now scrambling to hold somebody's clipboard. Tough when there's only 32 jobs to be had.