Vintage Vince Young bids for Packers backup QB job

Vintage Vince Young resurfaced for one entertaining series at

Lambeau Field.

Running for first downs and extending plays, the seven-year NFL

veteran looked Friday night as if was scrambling around again in a

Texas Longhorns uniform.

He’ll settle for the green-and-gold outfits of the Green Bay

Packers. Young made a strong bid for the backup quarterback job

behind Aaron Rodgers with an impressive outing in limited time

during the 17-10 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

”As a quarterback, you want to lead your guys out there. You

want to convert on third downs, you want to make first downs and

know you’re going to make the right throws and call the right

plays,” Young said. ”I really feel like as a second- and

third-team unit, I think we took a step forward, but we still have

a lot to do to work.”

Playing in the third quarter, Young finished 6 of 7 for 41 yards

and a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Amosa to tie the game at

10. He also ran for 39 yards on three carries, including a 21-yard

scramble on a second-and-7 to the Green Bay 44.

Young’s second series went three-and-out, but a high snap that

led to a 15-yard loss was mainly to blame. All in all, Young seized

the opportunity presented by coach Mike McCarthy, who’s looking to

sort out the three-way competition for the backup job between

Young, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman.

”Vince Young, the dimension of running, that’s something that

we really wanted to see. I think you’re just seeing Vince get more

and more comfortable with what’s asked of him … very instinctive

with big plays,” McCarthy said. ”I think Vince is definitely one

of the players who took advantage of his opportunities


Young has only been in camp since Aug. 6. Before that, he was

out of football for a year after being cut by the Buffalo


Drafted by the Titans, Young has had a checkered career as a

starter for the Titans and a backup to Michael Vick with the

Philadelphia Eagles. He’s been to two Pro Bowls, and has a 74.4

career passer rating.

Young has said he’s grown up off the field while getting married

and trying to fix financial problems. On the field, he’s trying to

make the Packers while picking up their complicated offense on the

fly, with Harrell and Coleman having had a lengthy head start.

Rodgers, who finished 4 of 7 for 41 yards in one series against

Seattle, liked how Young was progressing.

”This is a wordy system and a difficult system to pick up,”

Rodgers said. ”He obviously came in after seven installs had been

put in already. So he was behind, but he’s been picking it up and

showing improvements.”

Harrell, the incumbent backup, finished 6 of 13 for 49 yards,

while Coleman was 2 of 7 for eight yards. Playing in the fourth

quarter, Coleman was also sacked twice.

Flush with experience, Young showed off the elusiveness Friday

night that harkened back to his collegiate days. Even Pete Carroll

was on the opposing sideline coaching Seattle, just like Young’s

last college game when Texas beat the Carroll-led Southern

California Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl for the BCS title.

”That’s his game right there, being able to make plays when the

pocket breaks down or when they’re only rushing four and playing a

lot of man coverage,” Rodgers said. ”Vince obviously is still a

great athlete, and he was able to get us down there and get it in

the end zone.”

NOTES: Starting RB DuJuan Harris left Friday’s game after

appearing to reinjure his right knee after being flipped over by a

defender while trying to lunge for extra yardage. It was Harris’

first preseason action. CB Casey Hayward, who had an interception,

re-aggravated a hamstring injury. McCarthy also reported that S

Morgan Burnett and LB Brad Jones had hamstring injuries. ”We’ll

see how these guys feel in the morning. Maybe it’s not as bad as we

may think right now,” the coach said … WR Randall Cobb (biceps)

returned to practice this week on a limited basis but also missed

Friday’s game. WR Jordy Nelson and CB Tramon Williams, starters who

each have knee injuries, also sat out as expected. … Green Bay

finishes the preseason schedule with a visit Thursday night to

Kansas City.

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