The Green Bay Packers are bringing in Vince Young to compete for the right to backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers according to a source. The USA Today reported that the 2006 AFC Rookie of the Year was seen arriving at Green Bay’s Austin-Straubel Airport on Sunday evening.
Although the former Texas star has not played a down in the NFL since 2011 and is 30 years old, the two-time Pro Bowler could offer significant value to the Green Bay Packers this season.
For starters the Packers are relatively thin at quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers. Graham Harrell is 28 and has not shown any indication he could be a quality fill in for Green Bay should their MVP starter go down. Currently competing with him is BJ Coleman, a seventh round draft pick in 2012 that has not been able to emerge as a significantly better option than Harrell, and struggled mightily in Saturday night’s Family Night scrimmage.
Vince Young has experience leading an NFL team to success, and has made the Pro Bowl twice, his resume is easily more impressive than his competition in Green and Gold.
The former Texas quarterback was last seen in an NFL uniform during last year’s training camp while with the Buffalo Bills. He has played 60 games in his career as a member of the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles. His career stats are not overly impressive, but not terrible either. He has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns to go along with 51 interceptions. A threat with his legs, he also has ran for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns.
It is with his legs that Vince Young could add the greatest value to the Green Bay Packers. Throughout last season, the Green and Gold were consistently shredded by teams that featured a read-option look in their offense. There is no clearer evidence of this than the NFC Divisional round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
In that 45-31 playoff defeat, the Packers allowed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to rush for an astounding 181 yards en route to a playoff record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He ran just 14 times for an average of 11.3 yards. Explosive rushes were commonplace, with 56 and 20 yard touchdown scampers highlighting the night.
The Packers coaching staff has been dead set on stopping the read-option this season, travelling to Texas A&M to compare notes and strategy on stopping the increasingly popular scheme. Bringing in a player like Vince Young could prove to be the perfect piece in learning to defend a play the Packers are certain to see a lot of this season.
Assuming Vince Young still has something left in the tank at 30 years old, he would provide the Packers veteran experience at backup quarterback should Aaron Rodgers have to miss time this season. His biggest benefit would come as a scout. If he can help prepare the Packers defense for the read-option his addition could prove to be the difference for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
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