Vince Young: Showcasing What Veteran QB Can Offer an NFL Team This Season

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 17: Vince Young #10 of the Buffalo Bills makes a pass before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 17, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Veteran quarterback Vince Young was released by the Buffalo Bills this preseason as they cut their roster from 90 to 75 players.

Here is Young's response to the news via Twitter on Monday:

"I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and wish the organization and my teammates good luck this season".

— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) August 27, 2012

Regardless of how far Young has fallen since being drafted third overall in 2006, he still has plenty of solid attributes to offer an NFL franchise this fall.

Here we showcase a trio of traits that make Young a worthy pickup in 2012.



At age 29, Young brings an experience to the table as both a starter and backup quarterback in the NFL. Young has played in 60 games since being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2006, and featured in six games last season as Michael Vick's backup for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Of course, if a team has the choice between an unproven rookie free-agent quarterback and a veteran like Young, they are better off taking the vet, someone who has experienced and survived life in the NFL. 



Vince Young is a dual-threat quarterback thanks to his mobility and fluid running motion with the ball in his hands. Young thrived on taking advantage of broken down defenses as a rusher from the pocket in college at the University of Texas. His legs led the Longhorns to a National Championship in 2005. 

At 6'5", 235 pounds, Young is not easy to bring down in the open field, nor is he easy to catch once he gets a full head of steam going up the field. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry in 2011 with the Eagles, and rushed for more than 1,300 yards in 54 games with the Titans from 2006 to 2010.


Strong Arm

Aside from experience and mobility, Vince Young can offer an NFL team a strong arm this coming season. Young has thrown for over 8,000 yards during his career, and 46 touchdowns in six seasons. Last year with Philadelphia, Young completed 66 passes for 866 yards. Young's completions with the Eagles went for 13.1 yards on average.

The two-time Pro Bowler is accurate enough to succeed in the NFL as well. He has completed close to 60 percent of his passes as a pro, and would likely be an even greater pocket threat if he could eliminate the unnecessary turnovers. 

Young has proven at times to be a dependable NFL starter and franchise quarterback. But at other times he has looked overwhelmed as an offensive leader and incapable of winning football games. 

Given his body of work as a pro, however, there will be more than one team that comes calling this fall. Young knows football, and understands NFL defenses. As a dual-threat veteran with a big arm, he is valuable in the NFL world, regardless of his recent struggles.


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