Green Bay Packers Will Release Graham Harrell, Paving Way for Vince Young as No. 2 Quarterback

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Vince Young’s impressive performance in Green Bay’s preseason game last night against Seattle was apparently convincing enough to win him the backup quarterback job. The team plans to release Graham Harrell, as firs reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Young, who last appeared in a regular-season game in 2011, showed flashes of his old self, completing six of seven passes for 41 yards, including a one-yard touchdown. He also scrambled three times for 39 yards.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s postgame comments seemed to indicate he was leaning toward giving the nod to Young.

“The dimension of running, that’s something we really wanted to see (from Young),” McCarthy said after the game. “I think you’re just seeing Vince getting more and more comfortable with what we’re asking of him, particularly for as much as man-to-man (defense) as we were seeing tonight.

“Very instinctive and made big plays and did very well on his first drive. It was unfortunate the high snap on second down on the second drive. I think Vince is one of the players that definitely took advantage of his opportunities tonight.”

Packers fans should continue to hope Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, no matter how compelling Young’s back-from-the-brink story line is to the masses.

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