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Vince Young to work out for Packers on Monday

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The Packers will hold a workout for free-agent quarterback Vince Young on Monday, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Sunday night.

The news of Young getting a look from Green Bay is intriguing on numerous levels.

A two-time Pro Bowler, the 30-year-old Young hasn’t garnered an NFL job since his release from Buffalo last August. In his last regular-season stint, Young threw nine interceptions in just 114 pass attempts for the Eagles in 2011.

Also, it’s unclear what the Young workout means for Packers reserve quarterbacks B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell, who have been competing to be Aaron Rodgers‘ top backup.

Young (6-5, 232) has completed 755-of-1,304 passes for 8,964 yards with 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions in his NFL career. He’s also rushed for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns on 282 carries. The bulk of his rushing yards came in his first two NFL seasons.

The Titans drafted Young No. 3 overall in 2006, and he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie after not even beginning the season as their starter. However, his five-season tenure in Tennessee was marked by inconsistency, controversy and adversity more than the flashes of brilliance he produced on the field.

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  1. *Legion* says: Aug 5, 2013 1:04 AM

    Let’s stop pretending Vince Young had any business being at either of those Pro Bowls.

    He got the credit for the team’s success, despite not ever playing the QB position like a Pro Bowler. As a rookie, he went to the Pro Bowl despite having a passer stat line that looks exactly like Blaine Gabbert’s rookie year.

    His second Pro Bowl was the year where they went so far down the list because of injured QBs that, well, they got to Young. How are you a Pro Bowl QB with 1879 passing yards?

    His two Pro Bowls are 100% hype. They are the perfect example of how the Pro Bowl was broken.

  2. Sports King of this world says: Aug 5, 2013 1:09 AM

    He needs another shot

  3. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:10 AM

    Well I’m sure they could use a camp arm

  4. ncm42 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:14 AM

    It’s amazing the Cardinals didn’t give him a look last year.

  5. inthompsonwetrust says: Aug 5, 2013 1:23 AM

    Worth a look after BJ Coleman bombed in the Family Night scrimmage. Most likely will play “Colin Kaepernick” for the scout team. Hopefully he still has something left in the tank because he really needs the $.

  6. simzap says: Aug 5, 2013 1:41 AM

    Young is a very good athlete and skilled runner. I would try to make him a blocking back for Lacey. Just like Hornung was a blocking back for Taylor. He certainly has the size so all he would need is the desire.

  7. andrewluck12 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:47 AM

    i’m sure he has gained enough weight by now to replace bulaga

  8. tdube23 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:52 AM

    Maybe he can play Left Tackle since Bulaga is going to be out for the season.

  9. coltzfan166 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:00 AM

    Well it means they’re obviously not impressed with what they’re seeing in camp from Coleman and Harrell.

  10. phreakin says: Aug 5, 2013 2:01 AM

    I have a feeling the Packers are expecting some sort of suspension for one of the backups so they’re covering their asses for when it comes down

  11. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 5, 2013 2:06 AM

    They’re looking for a disposable QB who can run the Read Option.

    If he can return punts too, so much the better!

  12. 49erdynasty says: Aug 5, 2013 2:27 AM

    The real question is: Can he play LT?

  13. folkcrusader says: Aug 5, 2013 3:16 AM

    What it means for B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell is that they both suck.

  14. squared80 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:40 AM

    The over-rated Ted Thompson strikes again! Seriously, check out his drafts. Garbage, minus the lucky fall of Aaron Rodgers into his lap and a couple of other good players.

  15. rasalghoul says: Aug 5, 2013 4:12 AM

    It means that they are trying to light a fire under the other QB’s.

  16. calvincoke says: Aug 5, 2013 5:14 AM

    Reblogged this on calvincoke's Blog and commented:
    Vince gotta show me.. his last couple of stints werent to impressive when he was in the game. Maybe a 3rd stringer. But i am rooting for him to make a return to the NFL.

  17. buckybadger says: Aug 5, 2013 5:25 AM

    Has he put on enough weight to play LT?

  18. 28for20 says: Aug 5, 2013 5:26 AM

    Seems the Packers are worried about Rodgers making it through the season with that screen door offensive line.

  19. leroysbutler says: Aug 5, 2013 5:34 AM

    What Jamarcus Russell wasn’t available?

  20. leroysbutler says: Aug 5, 2013 5:42 AM

    Can he kick field goals?

  21. s2mikey says: Aug 5, 2013 5:44 AM

    Gotta give Vince credit. He took one good bowl game and turned it into good money and an NFL career albeit a short one. Dude was never a good QB. Ever. Most people knew that. Guess the titans didn’t get the memo.

  22. onbucky96 says: Aug 5, 2013 5:50 AM

    Horns down. Pack would be better suited finding another left tackle.

  23. brainsmasher says: Aug 5, 2013 6:15 AM

    It a crime that Vince Young doesn’t have a job.

  24. GenXJay says: Aug 5, 2013 6:17 AM

    lol!
    McCarthy is desperate for wildcat & read-option scheme!

  25. iluvbears says: Aug 5, 2013 6:24 AM

    Let see. Is this where I get to make fun of the Packers for bringing in an old, washed up, recycled QB? Why yes. Yes it is.

  26. wryly1 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:36 AM

    VY remains something of an enigma. Can probably count on one had the number of QB’s with more natural talent – and he has shown flashes of outstanding play – but has never been able to keep his head in the game and display the commitment and desire to lead an NFL offense.

  27. remyje says: Aug 5, 2013 6:38 AM

    Scout Team Hero

  28. delshofner says: Aug 5, 2013 6:46 AM

    Wait … does this restart the clock on VY’s 5-year waiting period for the HOF?!?

  29. packerbackernj says: Aug 5, 2013 6:56 AM

    I’m actually OK with this. He’s a decent QB, just crazy as heck. Under the offensive genius of Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements he can provide a great service to the team as back up QB just as Matt Flynn had once before.

  30. JMClarkent says: Aug 5, 2013 6:58 AM

    I’d take him for the minimum a a 3rd QB/ scout team pistol QB.

  31. greenmeattruck says: Aug 5, 2013 6:59 AM

    This is the last guy that I want to see wear the Green & Gold.
    I’d like to say that his number should match his wonderlic score, but #4 is soon to be retired….

  32. packerman1968 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:09 AM

    I just threw up in my mouth.

  33. spunjmunke says: Aug 5, 2013 7:31 AM

    “It a crime that Vince Young doesn’t have a job.”

    My local Wal-Mart is looking for a cart boy. I think he’s qualified for that job.

  34. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 5, 2013 7:35 AM

    Remember when it was said:

    2008: “If Vince Young can learn from anybody, it’s Kerry Collins. Afterall, Collins quit on his team too (Panthers) and then rebounded from that.”

    2011: “If Vince Young can learn from anybody, it’s Michael Vick. Afterall, Vick used to have a horrible work ethic too, serious personal problems also, and then seemingly destroyed his NFL career too. And he managed to rebound from that.”

    Now it will be said: “If Vince Young can learn from anybody, it’s Aaron Rodgers. Afterall, Rodgers learned while sitting the bench for a few years (like Jeff Fisher wanted Vince to) and went on to become the best quarterback in the NFL.”

    Here’s hoping the third time’s a charm.

    -Titans Fan

  35. rukkus1 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:38 AM

    Double check better try double hard so he doesnt lose the starting gig

  36. firestarter0728 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:40 AM

    This is a real head scratcher. VY will never learn the Packers’ offense, it’s too complex for him. Maybe they just want him to simulate a read-option QB in practice.

    No team has been better at developing quarterbacks over the last 20 years than the Packers, but Vince Young is hopeless.

  37. clemenza58 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:44 AM

    Did Vince Young make a position switch to left tackle?

  38. forever9ers says: Aug 5, 2013 7:54 AM

    At the very least he can help the Packers defense be better prepared against read-option QBs.

  39. cusoman says: Aug 5, 2013 8:12 AM

    Maybe this is just an affirmative action move by the FO for the QB position? Which hasn’t had someone other than a white QB start, ever. Whatever it is, it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out, though you would hope the guy never has to see any field action.

  40. milkcan44 says: Aug 5, 2013 8:13 AM

    Thompson always liked him and would have taken him in the draft that year, but the Packers had the 5th choice and Young went No. 3.
    The fact that they didn’t bring him in a lot earlier does say something about the play of their two backups.

  41. bleedgreen says: Aug 5, 2013 8:14 AM

    Dream Team 3.0!

  42. EJ says: Aug 5, 2013 8:23 AM

    Bringing him in might just be a move to put some pressure on Harrell and Coleman. I’m willing to bet that the QB’s are getting too comfortable in their positions, knowing that one will play 2nd to Rodgers and the other 3rd. Now with Young in the mix, both QB’s will be on edge.

  43. bobleblah says: Aug 5, 2013 8:24 AM

    Dream Team 2.0

  44. gbmickey says: Aug 5, 2013 8:29 AM

    For the uneducated in the way the Packers do things they have had close to a 100 players try out since the draft. What does this mean in the grand scheme of things? Not much when you have a player like Rodgers at the helm.

  45. billh1947 says: Aug 5, 2013 8:45 AM

    He is just there to run the read offense so the defense can learn to play much better against it since their first two opponents will run it against them.he will be one of the Packers cuts as the season begins.they also will find a left tackle later on when other teams make their cuts of still good players.Balaga has been hurt more than healthy since he became a Packer and they still won without him.

  46. thejuddstir says: Aug 5, 2013 8:47 AM

    How rare would that be, that one team could have both the smartest and dumbest QB on the same team. I don’t know anything about the current backup QB’s in GB but this tryout now tells you volumes about them.

  47. whatjusthapped says: Aug 5, 2013 8:52 AM

    Vince Young would never stick in GB. There are no decent strip clubs and he would be bored out of his mind without a bouncer to punch.

  48. carpi2 says: Aug 5, 2013 8:55 AM

    Probably will become a practice squad guy.

  49. stellarperformance says: Aug 5, 2013 8:59 AM

    This will end up being a “what is there to lose” decision, similar to the Vikings picking up Bishop. If he has gas in the tank and the superb QB coaching system at Green Bay can settle the guy down, truly, what is there to lose?

    At the very least, if he were no more effective than the two back-ups they have now, at least he can take off running on a broken play and potentially make somethiong happen. The other two can’t.

  50. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:02 AM

    Young was so happy for the tryout that he asked his agent if he could borrow a couple hundred k to throw a “small party”

  51. petehemlock says: Aug 5, 2013 9:03 AM

    Right now he’s at a bank in Milwaukee getting a loan to celebrate this good news properly.

  52. tooz72 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:08 AM

    “Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, BJ Raji..me, this is like a Dream Team here”

    VY

  53. adkfootballfan says: Aug 5, 2013 9:12 AM

    Can he play left tackle for the Packers?

  54. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2013 9:15 AM

    AT least the Packers are looking t upgrade the QB position. He’ll be starting soon.

  55. 11inthebox says: Aug 5, 2013 9:17 AM

    I know its not what all the “cool kids” want but I hope Vince does well. Glad he’s getting another shot.

  56. bvolke says: Aug 5, 2013 9:23 AM

    Vince, that fat lady has already sung, gone home, and is currently fast asleep.

  57. tbperk says: Aug 5, 2013 9:33 AM

    VY no job, Tebow has a job, you have think VY is at least as capable of carrying a clipboard as well as Tebow.

  58. rick1k6 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:37 AM

    Uh, Green Bay, this is Vince Young, not Vince Lombardi. Don’t be taken in by that first name.

  59. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 5, 2013 9:45 AM

    This isn’t the kind of stuff you usually hear out of Packers camp. Kind or reminds me of when Elaine turned into George.

  60. aldante66 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:50 AM

    What are they thinking? This guy IMHO costs a very good coach (Fisher) his job when the owner sided with a black QB over a white coach. Terrible decision by the Owner.

  61. aldante66 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:50 AM

    BJ Coleman looked awful but Young is not the answer. He will divide the team as he tries to politic to play.

  62. stellarperformance says: Aug 5, 2013 9:55 AM

    Hey, fellow Packer fans….the haters are laying-in-wait for the Packers more than any other team on this site. Their jealousies know no bounds.

    Refrain from getting into (h)issing matches with them. It is a waste of your time and energy…and they have nothing better to do.

    Remember: “A tiger does not lose sleep from the opinions of sheep.”

  63. drzsucksbigtime says: Aug 5, 2013 9:58 AM

    Packer fans better pray that Rodgers stays upright the whole season because the Packer front office just revealed they have NO ONE behind him. Good luck AR, your fun to watch.

  64. fordmandalay says: Aug 5, 2013 10:03 AM

    Teams bringing him in ‘for a look’ like this is not doing Young any favors – it just keeps that spark of misguided hope in his mind that he can still be in the league, instead of facing reality and moving on to the next phase of his life like he needs to. Helping him to stay delusional does him more harm than good.

  65. abqpacker says: Aug 5, 2013 10:04 AM

    He can run the read-option in camp to get the defense ready for the first two games of the season. Then he will be cut.

  66. dgreenfi says: Aug 5, 2013 10:05 AM

    Vince Young?

    More like Vince Old.

  67. norseyapper says: Aug 5, 2013 10:07 AM

    He isn’t eligible for the practice squad.
    But if they are looking for a practice QB who can run the read option look to help get them ready when they are set to play the Redskins, 49ers, etc. then it could be a smart move.

  68. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 5, 2013 10:10 AM

    I want to pull for Vince Young, I really do. But as long as he refuses to show humility, own his past, and take the “No more excuses” approach that Cam Newton announced recently, I have no interest in cheering him on. I wasted seven years doing that while he was at Texas and on my Titans.

  69. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 5, 2013 10:11 AM

    What separates the Packers from teams that are a QB wasteland, is the coaching. Guys just play better wearing the green and gold.

  70. chillyball says: Aug 5, 2013 10:38 AM

    Let’s see what’s on Vince Young’s Wisconsin list:

    1. Ed Gein – check
    2. Jeff Dahmer – check
    3. Fat chicks – check
    4. Alcoholism – check
    5. Ego maniac for QB – Check
    6. Don Majkowski – check
    7. Hating Brett Favre even though he gave GB everything – check
    8. America hates the Packers more than the Cowboys – check.

  71. jaykray says: Aug 5, 2013 11:22 AM

    As a Vikings fan who lives in Austin, please sign Vince Young. #Failure.

  72. girthbrooks2013 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:45 AM

    Vince Young is a winner. Plain and Simple. Everything he has done in earnest has resulted in a win or close game. Only his willingness to allow professionals off the field to guide and direct him stands in the way of him leading any team to victory.

  73. tindeaux says: Aug 5, 2013 11:50 AM

    is this the guy who always claimed he’s better player than reggie bush?
    As it turn out, bush is still active in the league i thought… what happened here vince?

  74. trapshoot says: Aug 5, 2013 11:53 AM

    An interesting thing to do. Doesn’t really seem like a fit but Thompson has a good record with retreads.

  75. thefiesty1 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:54 AM

    Good for Vince. He’s better than 90% of the backup QB’s in the league right now and he has a winning record as a starter. How many QB’s can say that and they are on many rosters.

  76. psj3809 says: Aug 5, 2013 12:07 PM

    Its amazing looking back and hearing all the hype after that huge Bowl win. All the draft ‘experts’ seemed to be praising Young. I must admit as a Raiders fan i was hoping the Raiders would have landed Young.

    Years later now look, bankrupt, out of work, can hardly get a sniff in camp (This Packers try out was a surprise).

    Even when he said how broke he was this offseason this was the same guy spending a fortune on his birthday celebrations wasnt it ? He just doesn’t seem to learn. Sad story

  77. eatlessveggies says: Aug 5, 2013 12:41 PM

    Being drafted by the Titans was the worse thing for VY. Their pass offense was way too conservative. So much that it hindered VY’s development as a quarterback.

  78. axespray says: Aug 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    Ted sure is weird when it comes to working out free agents… VY? ok?

  79. purplehaze28 says: Aug 5, 2013 12:58 PM

    They’re putting all their eggs in one basket in trying to defend the 49ers read option. He is only there so they can practice against a mobile QB.

  80. squabbbler says: Aug 5, 2013 1:16 PM

    thefiesty1 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:54 AM

    “Good for Vince. He’s better than 90% of the backup QB’s in the league right now…”

    People always say that about him when some team gives him a sympathy sniff. If this statement was even remotely true, 29 teams would be giving him a tryout to be their backup. Right now, one is giving him the opportunity to be on their practice squad. VY doesn’t have the proper equipment between the ears. Can he run fast? Yes. Can he throw a football a long way in one direction? Yes. Can he audible at the line to a post play and then check off two receivers before hitting the TE in the flat? Not even close, which is why his interceptions outnumber his touchdowns.

    I really hate piling on the guy. Seriously. I’m a Titans fan and cheered for him despite his shortcomings for several years. But when Jeff Fisher wanted Jay Cutler (rumored) and Ol’ Bud insisted his Texas homeboy get the job, AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  81. allday28mvpmvp says: Aug 5, 2013 1:21 PM

    A true sign of desperation: Working out Vince Young

  82. matthewgloudemans says: Aug 5, 2013 1:48 PM

    Why not? He can handle a snap, so he’s instantly better than Graham Harrel

  83. duece5 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:04 PM

    Wow……packers becoming the joke of the NFL……GOOD LUCK ON THE OLINE THIS YEAR!!!!!!!

    The 51 sacks given up from LY will be shattered!!!!!

  84. duece5 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:06 PM

    packerman1968 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:09 AM

    I just threw up in my mouth.

    duece5 says:

    Well, from what other packer drunks say: “It tastes better the 2nd time around!”

    Eech……

  85. keylimelight says: Aug 5, 2013 2:27 PM

    I think Vince biggest problem in keeping a job is not that he isn’t talented–he has a truckload of athletic ability–it’s his attitude. He hasn’t been able to meet adversity with the consistent effort needed to plow through it.

  86. lerchiam says: Aug 5, 2013 2:47 PM

    It’s not his last chance quite yet. After the Packers cut him, the Vikings will be sure to pick him up.

  87. trapshoot says: Aug 5, 2013 4:48 PM

    Why?

  88. 1bigtex says: Aug 5, 2013 7:09 PM

    Someone said earlier that Vince turned one good bowl game into an NFL career. Really??? Young was 30-2 for his college career. He led D1 in QB efficiency. Young was also the first D1 QB to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 in the same season. Texas beat the U$C pros with a converted WR at RB because their other RB’s were injured. Let’s not pretend that Young wasn’t one of the best college QB’s in the past 15 years.

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