The Green Bay Packers have, arguably, the best quarterback in the NFL with field general Aaron Rodgers. Behind the 2011 MVP, however, is uncertainty, with Graham Harrell and Vince Young competing for the backup role.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Young has won the job and Harrell has been released.
Looks as if Vince Young has won Packers backup QB job. Packers are releasing QB Graham Harrell.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2013
A monumental moment for Young's career.
Young was the third overall draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2006, fresh off the national championship with the Texas Longhorns. In six NFL years, he's played in 60 games and accumulated a record of 31-20 as a starter, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.
In that time, he's picked up 46 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns to 51 interceptions, but has been unable to hold onto a starting job.
Young has played well during the preseason, most recently going 6-of-7 for 41 yards and a touchdown, and rushing for 39 yards on three carries against the Seattle Seahawks. In that same game, Harrell was 6-of-13 for 49 yards.
All of this added up to Young emerging as the front-runner, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
It was evident by Vince Young's performance & Graham Harrell's struggles -plus Mike McCarthy's post-game comments - that VY would be backup— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 24, 2013
It's unlikely that Young will play in games other than blowouts in which Rodgers is pulled, but this is a quality development.
Matt Flynn was once the backup for the Packers and turned one extraordinary game—franchise records of 480 yards and six touchdowns on Jan. 1, 2012, against the Detroit Lions—into a career. Flynn is now in a battle for the Oakland Raiders starting job, and the hope for Young is that he's able to discover similar success.
This is a step in the right direction.