Taking advantage of opportunities. Vince Young did that. Graham Harrell—not so much. B.J. Coleman—probably not enough to win anything other than a second straight season on the practice squad.
Reportedly, the Green Bay Packers have released Harrell. Harrell entered training camp as the No. 2 quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers. He was supposed to compete for his gig with Coleman. Those plans changed shortly after unimpressive early training camps from both players.
In came Young. At age 30, the former 2006 first-round pick attempts an NFL comeback after no one signed him during all of last regular season. Young has shown more during the last few weeks and three preseason games than Harrell or Coleman have.
Young may have won the No. 2 job following an impressive showing against a Seattle Seahawks team who was still playing many of their first- and second-team defenders. Young finished 6-of-7 for 41 yards with a one-yard touchdown pass. He also had three carries for 39 yards. His 21-yard and 18-yard scrambles were crucial to the Packers’ only touchdown drive.
Keeping Young would give the Packers someone who could emulate Colin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III during practices. The Packers open their regular-season schedule with games against both mobile quarterbacks. With an offensive line that features two inexperienced offensive tackles and some doubt at center, the Packers could use a mobile backup who can avoid fierce pass-rushes.
This won’t mean much unless Rodgers gets injured. But if that happens? One can bet that a few Tennessee Titans enthusiasts will keep an eye on how far the Packers fall—or don’t fall—in the NFC North standings.