What Does Vince Young Still Offer as an NFL QB?

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IAugust 5, 2013

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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A 30-year-old Vince Young, fresh off an unsuccessful tryout with the Oakland Raiders and a failed training camp stint with the Buffalo Bills in 2012, will work out with, of all teams, the Green Bay Packers. 

His tryout was initially reported by Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty of The Green Bay Post-Gazette.

As surprising as the Packers' interest in Young may be, now's the appropriate time to determine what he offers at this point in his roller-coaster NFL career. 

UPDATE: Monday, August 6, at 10:30 a.m. ET

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Young and the Packers have agreed to terms on a contract.

Vince Young has signed his deal with the #Packers. He has a quarterback meeting tonight and is planning to attend

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 5, 2013

According to NFL.com's Dan Hanzus, the two parties agreed to a one-year deal.

---End of Update---

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Young enters the 2013 season having not taken a regular season snap since 2011, when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

In backup duty for an injured Michael Vick, he completed 57.9 percent of his passes (matching his career completion percentage), threw four touchdowns, nine interceptions and averaged 144.3 yards through the air per game. 

Last season, he went 25-of-52 for 276 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason outings for the Buffalo Bills. 

He was subsequently cut before the final exhibition outing. 

However, Young did participate in the University of Texas' pro day this March, and, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, the quarterback "put on a show."

Vince Young reportedly "put on a show" and was "magnificent" at Texas Pro Day. http://t.co/a5RgbYtl3z pic.twitter.com/AdU6PzJSYb

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 26, 2013

After that, some NFL interest materialized. 

In early April, ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen reported that the Seattle Seahawks were thinking of Young as a backup option.

As Seahawks evaluate a few veteran QB options (add Vince Young to list), they do plan to re-sign Josh Portis, cut late last November.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 2, 2013

Young then worked out for the Raiders, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, and reportedly "looked good."

NBC Sports' Evan Silva paraphrased the words of ESPN's Adam Schefter during a recent TV appearance on ESPN regarding Young's tryout with Green Bay. 

Mr @AdamSchefter said #Packers "flirted" with Vince Young idea even before camp. Renewed interest suggests displeasure w/current backup QBs.

— Evan Silva (@evansilva) August 5, 2013

Despite the interest the former No. 3 pick received after his pro day workout, his recent showings at the professional level will likely be fresh in the minds of Green Bay's front office.

B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell have experience in the Packers' system, and it would be surprising if Mike McCarthy believed Young was a better option than either of them. 

In essence, he wouldn't be an atrocious emergency backup at this juncture of his career, but he's not someone who would instill confidence in a coaching staff.

In The Green Bay Post-Gazette's report on Young's workout, Hodkiewicz and Dougherty opined that the organization's interest could be due to his scrambling ability. The writers mentioned that Green Bay has "been adamant throughout the offseason about finding an answer for the read-option offense that befuddled them in January's 45-31 loss to San Francisco in the NFC divisional playoffs."

Theoretically, Young could be used as a scout team quarterback to take read-option snaps against the Packers first-team defense.

Remember, Green Bay opens the 2013 season on the road against Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers. 

The Packers host Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins in Week 2. 

A Week 10 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles could feature some read-option as well. 

Although Young didn't run any read-option plays with the Bills last August, he ran the ball seven times for 39 yards in the three games in which he appeared. 

In his professional career, Young has logged 282 rushes for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Without a doubt, the deceptively elusive, long-striding quarterback has the physical skill set to be utilized as a read-option threat, even if that utilization comes only during the week in practice for the Packers.

Also, Young is 31-19 as a starter and has played in 60 NFL games. While he won't wow the Packers' coaches, his combination of experience, athleticism and usefulness (playing Colin Kaepernick on the scout team, for example) cannot be ignored, especially relative to the other quarterbacks remaining on the free-agent market.


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