Bay Packers quarterback Vince Young (13) sacked by Kansas City
Chiefs tackle Steven Baker (60) during the first half of a
preseason NFL football game, Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.
Vince Young's days
with the Green Bay Packers are over.
comeback is apparently complete.
quarterback, vying for a backup job, went on Twitter on Saturday to
thank Green Bay for giving him an opportunity and wished the team
well this season.
would leave just B.J. Coleman on the roster to back up Aaron
Rodgers. Young was one of 22 players released Saturday by the team
to get down to the 53-man roster limit.
(Packers) for the opportunity ... Wonderful fans. Good luck this
season," Young posted.
Running back Alex
Green, who led Green Bay last year with 464 yards on 135 carries,
was also cut. DuJuan Harris secured the job down the stretch in
2012, while Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin were selected in the
draft to beef up the backfield.
Harris was placed
on injured reserve recently with a knee injury, leaving questions
about the backfield depth chart. The Packers will go into the season
with Lacy, Franklin, veteran James Starks and fullback John Kuhn in
Jolly's return from a three-year layoff appears certain after
surviving Saturday's roster cuts. Jolly had been suspended by the
NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and served
about nine months in prison.
On Twitter, Jolly
thanked the Packers and their fans for "the support and
opportunity. I won't let you down!!"
City Chiefs linebacker Josh Martin (62) dives over Green Bay
Packers quarterback Vince Young (13) for a fumbled ball during
the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Arrowhead
Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday. Packers managed to
recover the ball on the play.
Jolly has looked
good in camp, displaying his knack to swat passes. He had a sack in
the final preseason game Thursday against the Chiefs.
Young struggled in
that game, going 14 of 30 for 144 yards with two fumbles. That
followed a strong showing the previous week against the Seahawks.
The Packers signed
Young on Aug. 6. Before that, he was out of football for a year
after being cut by the Buffalo Bills.
Drafted by the
Titans, Young has had a checkered career as a starter in Tennessee
and as a backup to Michael Vick with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's
been to two Pro Bowls, and has a 74.4 career passer rating.
The Packers may
still be looking for a veteran backup. Coleman was 2 of 7 for 19
yards against the Chiefs.
Green Bay also
released veteran backup Graham Harrell earlier in the preseason.
Harrell has since signed with the Jets.
offense, the Packers went with Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross to
back up the top trio of Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson
at wide receiver.
Among other cuts by
the Packers were fullback Jonathan Amosa; offensive linemen Andrew
Datko, Garth Gerhart, Kevin Hughes and Patrick Lewis; defensive
backs David Fulton, Loyce Means, James Nixon, Chaz Powell and
Brandon Smith; receivers Charles Johnson, Tyrone Walker and Myles
White; tight ends Matthew Mulligan, Jake Stoneburner and D.J.
Williams; linebackers Terrell Manning, Dezmen Moses and Donte
Savage; and defensive tackle Jordan Miller.
Thompson shares in blame
for Young's struggles
GREEN BAY, Wis. — While Vince Young's
performance in the preseason played a big role in him getting
released, general manager Ted Thompson said Sunday there's someone
else who also deserves some of the blame.
In the preseason, Young completed only 26 of 49 passes (53.1
percent) with one touchdown, no interceptions and three sacks (71.6
rating) in four preseason appearances.
The Packers may enter their regular-season opener at San Francisco
next Sunday with unproven B.J. Coleman as the backup to star
quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Asked if he was prepared to open the season with the two
quarterbacks he has on the roster, Thompson said, "That's where we
are right now, sure."
Even though Young had piqued Thompson's interest earlier this
spring, the Packers didn't sign him until Aug. 6.
By then, seven of the eight installations of the Packers' offensive
playbook had been completed.
Thompson said earlier in camp that he should have signed Young
But on Sunday, Thompson took it a step further.
"Quite frankly, it probably wasn't fair to Vince," Thompson said.
"We threw a lot on his plate and the fault is probably mine.
"I probably should have had him in here earlier. He was a great
teammate, he seemed like a very humble good guy. You guys all talked
to him, so we enjoyed his time here and like I say, if there was
fault it was probably mine."
Young had an uninspiring performance in the preseason finale against
Kansas City, completing only 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards with no
touchdowns, no interceptions and two fumbles (one lost) for a 61.0
"In my short time being here, I learned as much as I could.
Hopefully teams across the NFL saw that, being in the situation I
was, how much hard work I put in behind the scenes to try to catch
up, try to do the best I could," Young said after the game Thursday
"Like I said when I first got in (to Green Bay), I just never gave
up on myself. I just wanted another opportunity and Green Bay gave
me another opportunity. And then they did, I made the best of it.
"Hopefully I get an opportunity to stay on the team, stay here and
help out. And if not, hopefully teams around the league will give me
an opportunity as well."
As of now, the Packers only have Coleman, the 2012 seventh-round
pick, backing up Rodgers.
Last year's No. 2 quarterback, Graham Harrell, was released last
week and signed by the New York Jets.
Coleman completed 14 of 34 passes (41.2 percent) for 128 yards with
one touchdown, one interception and two sacks for a passer rating of
49.6 this summer.
Thompson said changes could still be made to the 53-man roster,
which he has always maintained is misidentified as being the "final"
"A lot of things are going to change," Thompson said. "It's not just
our team, ours is probably a little more stable than some.
"There's a lot of turnover going on today that people know about,
some people don't. There's going to be some more turnover tomorrow
because players become available and teams are still out there
shopping to try to improve their team just like we are."
One player who will apparently keep his roster spot is veteran
defensive end Johnny Jolly, who spent the past three seasons out of
football while serving an NFL suspension for violating the league's
Jolly, who was the Packers' best defensive lineman in 2009, went to
prison after multiple arrests in his native Houston for codeine
possession but was released early under a "shock probation" program
and the Packers brought him back after he was reinstated by NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell in late February.
"I don't think any of us can really speak to the journey that he's
been on because I'm not sure any of us know all the things that's
encompassed in that journey," Thompson said.
"I admire him. I've said this all along: I liked him before when he
was here and I like him now that he's here. When he wasn't here, I
can't speak to that. I just know that different people have
different challenges as you go through life."
Asked why he felt Jolly deserved another chance, Thompson said:
"Some of the fellas on this team came to me and spoke to me about
how much they would like to have him back as a teammate.
"I think all the coaching staff and the personnel people like him.
And like I say, it's not for me to judge. I'm not going to say
things were the right way or the wrong way when he wasn't here, but
I will say that he had a lot of admirers here and he's a good