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Mike McCarthy hopes to play Vince Young in preseason opener

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As we noted earlier, one of the reasons to watch Packers’ preseason games is the club’s backup QB competition, with the play of Vince Young of particular interest.

With Young signing just this week and a little more than three weeks until rosters are trimmed to the 53-player limit, time is of the essence for Young to impress his new club — and for his new club to evaluate him.

The evaluation has already begun in practices. Now, it appears Young could get a chance to play Friday night against Arizona. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Thursday that he wants the former Titans, Eagles and Bills passer to get some game reps in the preseason opener.

“My goal with Vince is to play him in the game tomorrow,” McCarthy said, per Paul Imig of FoxSportsWisconsin.com. 

According to the Packers’ official Twitter feed, McCarthy indicated he wants Young, Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Aaron Rodgers to all get in the game Friday night.

Any snaps Young gets on Friday were ones likely that would have gone to Harrell and Coleman, which just adds to competition for the top backup role behind Rodgers. At least one the three reserves currently on the roster is very likely to be let go before Week One.

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18 Responses to “Mike McCarthy hopes to play Vince Young in preseason opener”
  1. aa1829 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:25 PM

    Give me VY any day instead of #4.

  2. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 8, 2013 12:32 PM

    For a guy who considers himself an ex-Vince Young fan, I’m surprised by how much I find myself wanting him to succeed.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    You’d think the Packers would have learned from their arch-rival, the Vikings, last year. You have to have a competent backup quarterback. Especially with the offensive line the Packers have. It doesn’t matter which of these three wins the job because they’re all terrible.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 8, 2013 12:41 PM

    Vince Dung.

  5. billh1947 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    Learned from the Vikings?the Vikings have learned from the Packers that you need a competant starting quarterback, any QB can hand the ball to Peterson and watch him be ninety percent of the offense.

  6. arnoldziffel says: Aug 8, 2013 1:36 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Comedian ..

    . . . . . .

    Arch-rival? The Packers may be the Viking’s arch-rival … but that’s about it … they’re just trying to compete with their big brothers on the east side of the Mississippi River.

    Minnesota is where retired Packers go to pick up a few million in pocket change, all while ‘assisting’ that down-trodden franchise to win a few games. The Vikings can’t field a 53 man roster without the help of a few ex-Packers.

    You are however, a first-hand expert on terrible quarterbacks … but hey … maybe you can turn yours (webb) into a competent wide receiver.

    Maybe Jennings can brain-wash him.

  7. madnova says: Aug 8, 2013 1:39 PM

    I’m thinking any snaps Young gets will be ones that would’ve gone to Matt Brown had he not gotten hurt. Having Young on board just allows them to play Rodgers even less.

  8. bigjim50010 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:40 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 8, 2013 12:37 PM
    You’d think the Packers would have learned from their arch-rival, the Vikings, last year. You have to have a competent backup quarterback. Especially with the offensive line the Packers have. It doesn’t matter which of these three wins the job because they’re all terrible.
    **********************************************
    you’d think the Vikings would have learned last year
    to just hand it off to AP…but you made Joe have to throw.
    0-4

  9. whatjusthapped says: Aug 8, 2013 1:40 PM

    If Vince Young makes the Packers as a back up on a one year contract, he’s starting next year in Minnesota.

  10. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    Whoa, the Packer’s coach wants to play a backup QB in a preseason game? THat is some hard hitting stuff. Not sure if you guys are aware, but there are actually 31 other teams besides the Packers holding training camp right now. Maybe not have every story be about the Packers? Just a thought.

  11. chi01town says: Aug 8, 2013 1:54 PM

    Packers fans will be calling for Caper’s job 6 games into the season. but that offense will be the real blame. Rodgers cant win by his self and from the looks of the packers right now he will be by his self

  12. clayminator says: Aug 8, 2013 1:59 PM

    the Packers are relevant and that is why there are stories written about them.

    the Vikings are irrelevant, although they just had another story about their criminal owner and his many lawsuits.

  13. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 8, 2013 3:02 PM

    It was reported that Young threw an interception this morning….in a WALK THROUGH!!!!

  14. fdugrad says: Aug 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    As does VY.

  15. sillec28 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:26 PM

    Packers should hold a “shoulder pad throwing contest” to pick the backup – whoever can throw his shoulder pads into the highest row of the stands wins the job. Then again, based on experience VY would have an unfair advantage.

  16. Ferdinand says: Aug 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    Harrell better have the pre-season of his life or he may find it is his last pre-season of his life. I have a hard time seeing him getting picked up by anyone when the Packers cut him. Well, maybe the Jets.

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:26 AM

    I think Vincent is probably already more competent than that noodle armed Ponder chick.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 11:18 PM

    It’s official. There is no one after Rodgers.

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