Green Bay Packers' Graham Harrell Doesn't Look Ready to Back Up Rodgers

J FCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2011

SEATTLE - AUGUST 21:  Quarterback Graham Harrell #7 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on August 21, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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There's not much debate about who should be the starting quarterback in Green Bay, but with Matt Flynn entering a contract year, the back up slot behind the Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers may soon fall under question.

After becoming the subject of several trade rumors following his first NFL start last season, Flynn now appears to be playing his last season with the Packers.

Head coach Mike McCarthy is confident that he will be a starter somewhere soon, so it won't be long until third-stringer Graham Harrell will move up on the depth chart.

Harrell has often been praised by the coaching staff as one of the team's most improved players since his promotion from the practice squad, but he showed that more improvement is needed after a shaky preseason debut.

The 26-year-old quarterback out of Texas Tech played the entire second half against the Cleveland Browns, but couldn't carry the offense into the end zone.

McCarthy has said that Harrell is comfortable in the shotgun, but he faced intense pressure for most of the night. He appeared careless with the ball as defenders closed in on him, fumbling three times and having one returned for a touchdown.

Harrell threw no picks, but probably would have had his receiver not interfered with the defender with his hands on the ball. However, he did make a few impressive throws and finished 11-for-22 with 100 yards.

According to McCarthy, Harrell is headed toward the back up slot and while he may be on the right track, the Packers shouldn't be too confident of his abilities after his first showing in 2011.

They made the right decision by holding on to Matt Flynn and, maybe by the time the regular season rolls around, Harrell will look more suited to step in as his replacement.