this March 26, 2013 file photo, Former University of Texas
and NFL quarterback Vince Young throws during Texas' Pro Day
in Austin, Texas. The Green Bay Packers have signed free
agent Young as a backup quarterback, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback spent five seasons with
the Tennessee Titans and one season with the Philadelphia
Eagles. He was with the Buffalo Bills during the 2012
GREEN BAY —
Vince Young says the Green Bay Packers are getting a more mature,
stronger person. What kind of quarterback the team is getting in
the 30-year-old Young remains to be seen.
mystery of it, sort of the intrigue," general manager Ted
Thompson said Tuesday after Young completed his first practice in
a Packers uniform.
The Packers are
hoping that Young, out of football last year after being cut by
the Buffalo Bills, can pick up the offense quickly enough to make
a serious run at the backup job behind Aaron Rodgers.
up-and-down years as the Tennessee Titans' starter and one year as
a backup to Michael Vick with the Philadelphia Eagles, Young says
the Packers are getting someone who has experienced both success
and failure on the field (31-19 career record as a starter, two
Pro Bowl selections, a 74.4 career passer rating) and has grown up
off the field while getting married and trying to navigate through
If the Packers
get a more reliable backup than incumbent No. 2 quarterback Graham
Harrell or third-stringer B.J. Coleman, signing Young to a
one-year deal will prove well worth the risk.
"Back in the
day, I was a young Vince. Now, I'm more mature and definitely
learned from things that happened in the past," Young said.
"I'm married now, a grown man, 30 years old. I've definitely
been through the highs and the lows and different things like
that. It's the way you come out of it to stay strong. I'm stronger
than I've ever been."
have much time to learn the playbook and make an impression, but
said he isn't fazed by the odds being against him.
challenge. I've been through pretty much everything you can think
of," Young said. "I'm just happy, enjoying this and just
happy to be here and being here with some special, special guys.
My whole thing is to continue to keep working and get myself
better and just staying ready — you never know."
Harrell was solid
but unspectacular during the first 10 days of training camp and
Coleman, a seventh-round pick in 2012 who spent last year on the
practice squad, did little to impress his coaches. He threw a pair
of interceptions in practice on Thursday and did so again in
Saturday's scrimmage. One interception came in the end zone;
another was returned 66 yards for a touchdown.
adding more competition to the room," coach Mike McCarthy
said. "I thought (Saturday night) was one of the better
scrimmage-type environments that Graham has performed in. B.J. did
not take the step that I was hoping for, but he's a young player.
I'm not giving up on B.J. Coleman because I think he has,
definitely a future, a bright future. (So) that is a room that
there will be more competition. And Vince Young was
McCarthy said he
wasn't sure whether Young would know enough of the playbook to see
action in the team's preseason opener Friday night against
Arizona, although the coach said he hoped Young could play.
Young, who is
listed at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds on the Packers' official roster,
appeared to be in good shape, even though he acknowledged he was
rusty. McCarthy made it clear that Young wasn't brought in merely
to run read-option plays on the scout team against the No. 1
defense, and that the coaches had already started tweaking his
is a very talented player. You look at his history, it speaks
volumes about his ability to play. It's just a matter of getting
comfortable with him," McCarthy said. "We'll have to
teach him the language and get him up to speed."
attempt began with him participating in Texas' pre-draft pro day,
and while he said he had other teams show interest in him, Green
Bay was the right place for him to resume his NFL career.
fighting and I haven't quit," Young said. "I really feel
like that year off really helped me out a lot. It opened my eyes
and a lot of things like that. I'm just happy to have the
opportunity to play here. Right now, I'm just taking it day by
day, trying to get a grasp of the offense, ask questions, kind of
pick Aaron's and the rest of the guys' heads so I can try to catch
up to speed with the guys."
GREEN BAY — The
injury hits just keep on coming for the Green Bay Packers.
Jordy Nelson will miss the rest of training camp after undergoing
a procedure on one of his knees. He joins a laundry list of
Packers on the sideline, including left tackle Bryan Bulaga, who
is expected to miss the season - despite his hope to the contrary
- with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees.
Yet coach Mike
McCarthy wasn't in woe-is-me mode Tuesday.
of injuries, they're part of the game. The game of football,
especially pro football, stops for nobody," McCarthy said.
"You keep playing and if you ever stop and blink, you're two
steps behind your opponent."
Bulaga, who played roughly 30 plays in Saturday night's scrimmage,
was injured on the seventh play, but no one seemed certain of just
how he hurt himself.
even look like he's injured," McCarthy said.
Ted Thompson said he saw Bulaga come out of the pile after a play
"kicking his leg" as if it was bothering him.
goes back to the huddle and plays great the rest of the night,
which is the reason I still have hope," Thompson said.
So does Bulaga,
who has reportedly sought a second opinion from renowned
orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in hopes of somehow playing through
fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari worked at Bulaga's left tackle
spot in practice Tuesday and would start there in Friday night's
preseason opener against Arizona.
waiting on a medical opinion that hasn't come in yet. Bryan is
still hopeful to potentially give it a go," McCarthy said.
"Nothing's been finalized."
Asked if he
really thinks Bulaga could play through a torn ACL, McCarthy
replied in part, "Everybody's talking through, as we always
do, what's in the best interest of the player. Bryan fully
understands what it would take for him to play this year. He's
looking at all his options."
Pro Bowl guard
Josh Sitton, who played next to Bulaga on the right side from 2010
through 2012 before the team switched up their offensive line and
moved both men to the left side this offseason, said he thinks it
would be a mistake for Bulaga to try to play with the injury.
"If he does
try to go? I would think he's stupid," Sitton said.
"He's got a career to worry about. It's not just about this
year when you have something like that, so it would be dumb."
Having suffered a
hip injury on Nov. 4 that ended his third NFL season, Bulaga had
been ultra-committed during the offseason as he shifted from right
tackle to left tackle.
terrible what happened to Bryan and no one knows how hard he's
prepared coming off of last year's injury," McCarthy said.
"I can (count) on maybe one hand how many days he has left
Lambeau Field. He worked out exclusively here in the offseason
throughout the summer. So, to see him pour that much into it and
able to see it, you feel bad for the person."
As for Nelson,
doctors expect the receiver to be ready in 4-6 weeks. The Packers
open the season Sept. 8 at San Francisco.
with Jordy, his particular thing that we had (to) fix is something
that we have some experience with with some other guys here,"
Thompson said. "So, we think we can predict about the way
it'll go. But you never know."
In addition to
Nelson and Bulaga, wide receiver/returner Randall Cobb, the team's
leading receiver last year, dropped out of practice Tuesday with a
biceps injury. No. 1 cornerback Tramon Williams has been sidelined
for more than a week with a bone bruise in his knee, and
cornerback Casey Hayward has yet to practice because of a
hamstring injury. DuJuan Harris, the team's starting running back
at the end of last season, has yet to practice because of a knee
In all, 16
players missed practice Tuesday, including wide receiver Sederrick
Cunningham, who was placed on injured reserve to make room on the
roster for quarterback Vince Young.
are not explainable," Thompson said. "They just