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Assessing Vince Young's NFL Preseason Debut with the Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before playing against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Andrew RobesonAnalyst IIAugust 12, 2011

Of all the hype surrounding the new players who were making their Philadelphia Eagles debut last night one guy arrived with little fanfare.

Vince Young is a big name, but he's only in Philadelphia to be a backup.

However, he could end up being the Eagles' most important offseason addition should Michael Vick end up injured, which did happen last season.

Young's worth to the Eagles was evident in the fact they barely used him in the first preseason game despite his status as a backup.

What Young did show is that he is competent for the job.

He completed 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards and picked up six yards on the ground on one rushing attempt. 

Pretty solid numbers considering Young has only had a few weeks to learn the Eagles' system. One thing that is beneficial to Young is that he is a very similar quarterback to Vick, who are both dual threats.

Despite playing well in 2010 Young found himself benched by coach Jeff Fisher in Tennessee. Young had a considerable amount of problems in Tennessee where he dealt with everything from injuries to potential mental health issues.

None of that was evident when Young took the field for the Eagles on Thursday night. Young's play also helped ease concern about an apparent slow start to training camp.

Maybe Young can finally leave the adversity behind and excel in his new setting.

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