Vince Young appears to win Packers backup job

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on August 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM

 The Green Bay Packers released Graham Harrell on Saturday, opening the door for Vince Young to be Aaron Rodgers' backup.

 

The move came one day after Young had his most impressive outing since he signed with the Packers a week into training camp. In Friday night's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Young led an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive that he capped with a 1-yard touchdown pass.

"I think Vince is definitely one of the players who took advantage of his opportunities tonight," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the game.

Harrell spent most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons on the Packers' practice squad before winning the backup job last season.

Young, who was signed on Aug. 5, will have one more preseason game to get more familiar with the Packers' playbook. He likely will see significant playing time in Thursday's exhibition finale at Kansas City.

"I'm still not there yet," Young said after Saturday's game. "I'm still taking it one day at a time. It's a lot coming in. I didn't get OTAs or I didn't get a lot of camp in, so it's a lot trying to catch up."

The 30-year-old Young has a 31-19 record as a starter but hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since the 2011 season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He went to training camp last year with the Buffalo Bills but was released before the preseason ended.

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