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Packers backup quarterbacks improve in second preseason effort

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Last week, we pointed out that the trio of quarterbacks playing behind Packers starter Aaron Rodgers didn’t look too good in the preseason opener.

This week, it got a little better.

Graham Harrell, last year’s backup, entered the game against the Rams first after Rodgers.  Harrell completed five of 10 passes for 44 yards.

Per ESPNWisconsin.com, the numbers would have been better if tight end D.J. Williams hadn’t dropped a “perfectly placed pass” in the seam.  Harrell also overthrew a screen pass to Jonathan Franklin and failed to spot Williams “streaking wide open” on another play.

“We did some good things,” Harrell said after the game, via ESPNWisconsin.com.  “We moved the ball all three drives, we did some good things, but we’ve got to finish the drives.  I think we improved definitely as a unit and put some points on the board.  We just had some costly mistakes end some drives and that’s the way it goes sometimes.  Overall, I think we improved and did some good things. We just have to work on finishing drives.”

Next up was Vince Young, who completed five of nine passes for 26 yards and a seven-yard run.  Then came B.J. Coleman, who has gone from potential No. 2 to forgotten man.  Coleman led the Packers on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a nine-yard touchdown throw to tight end Jake Stoneburner.   For the night, Coleman completed eight of 13 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

If someone is going to emerge as the man who would be one injury to Aaron Rodgers away from playing, now is the time for that to happen.

“This is the time that the individual that’s going to be the guy in that particular position or personnel grouping, they need to jump forward,” coach Mike McCarthy.  “It’s time for guys to jump forward.  This is what usually happens in the second preseason week or the third preseason week, and that’s what you look for.”

The Packers are looking for a reliable understudy to Rodgers.  With 51 sacks last year and a left tackle already gone for the year with a torn ACL, it’s important that they find someone who can play the position.

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32 Responses to “Packers backup quarterbacks improve in second preseason effort”
  1. doall24 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:48 AM

    time to cut harrell and let vince young take the backup duties. harrell has been unimpressive and should have shown a lot more. goodbye harrell, hello vince young!

  2. mikejonesforum says: Aug 19, 2013 9:52 AM

    In other words, There isn’t a Plan ‘B’ if Rodgers goes down.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 19, 2013 9:53 AM

    The top 10 QBs in the NFC in order are:

    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Matt Stafford
    3. Jay Cutler
    4. Shaun Hill
    5. Trent Edwards
    6. Graham Harell
    7. Vince Young
    8. BJ Coleman
    9. Jordan Palmer
    10. Kellen Moore

  4. golforepar says: Aug 19, 2013 9:55 AM

    Who ever ges cut will be fighting Ponder for the starting job in Minn.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 19, 2013 9:53 AM
    The top 10 QBs in the NFC in order are:

    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Matt Stafford
    3. Jay Cutler
    4. Shaun Hill
    5. Trent Edwards
    6. Graham Harell
    7. Vince Young
    8. BJ Coleman
    9. Jordan Palmer
    10. Kellen Moore

    ******************************************

    You left out that noodle armed Ponder chick.

  6. atthemurph says: Aug 19, 2013 10:23 AM

    He’s 11th

  7. wamj2008 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:24 AM

    Harrell looks like Favre in that pic.

  8. jrmbadger says: Aug 19, 2013 10:28 AM

    I love how this site reports on every development in the backup QB competition in Green Bay when a couple hundred miles to the West the starter is in serious jeopardy of losing his job to the perenial journeyman backup.

    I was watching the Viking preseason game and at one point they cut to a shot of Jennings after another Ponder pass sailed over his head and his disgust was evident.

    I give Valencia Jennings (his sister and loudmouth tweeter) about a week before she goes crazy.

  9. conormacleod says: Aug 19, 2013 10:28 AM

    Why bother? Without Rogers that team is a disaster. Save the money and positions and just activate a couple extra special team guys each week. If Rogers goes down it would be less embarrassing to just forfeit your remaining games.

  10. purpleguy says: Aug 19, 2013 10:31 AM

    Good to see the Vikings remain firmly cheese wedged in your thoughts gentlemen.

  11. sandblastermoron says: Aug 19, 2013 10:49 AM

    Well, if I got to practice against the Hapless Packers D day in and day out I could be pretty good too!!!! This fine collection of losers might shatter all the stats this year!!!!! For a bad reason.

    And yes the circus has shifted from the Jets to
    GreenBay. 2-14 you heard it here first ladies!!
    Badda Bing!!!!!

  12. dwarftosser says: Aug 19, 2013 10:50 AM

    Harrell is the #2, and that’s not going to change. The Packers offense is just too complex for VY to pick up quick enough to get promoted to #2 (and VY isn’t exactly looking great when he’s on the field), and while Harrell isn’t great he is clearly a better option than Coleman. The only QB battle in Green Bay is for the #3 spot, which is likely going to end up on the practice squad anyways.

    In any case, we all know the Packers are in trouble if something happens to #12.

  13. icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 19, 2013 11:00 AM

    You left out that noodle armed Ponder chick
    ————————————————–

    1,000 bucks for 10 push-ups….its still on the table.

  14. jrmbadger says: Aug 19, 2013 11:04 AM

    sandblastermoron says:Aug 19, 2013 10:49 AM

    Well, if I got to practice against the Hapless Packers D day in and day out I could be pretty good too!!!! This fine collection of losers might shatter all the stats this year!!!!! For a bad reason.
    =============================

    Why would that matter? Ponder has to play against a worse pass defense everyday and that hasn’t helped him any.

    Look it up. Green Bay’s pass D was better than Minnesota’s last year (and will still be better this year).

  15. rikker12 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:19 AM

    sandblastermoron says:

    And yes the circus has shifted from the Jets to
    GreenBay. 2-14 you heard it here first ladies!!
    Badda Bing!!!!!

    __________________________
    Maybe in your world, where it’s NOT relevant.
    Maybe you should worry about your team… It has more issues than GB will ever have.

  16. ccjcsr says: Aug 19, 2013 11:24 AM

    The top 10 QBs in the NFC in order are:

    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Matt Stafford
    3. Jay Cutler
    4. Shaun Hill
    5. Trent Edwards
    6. Graham Harell
    7. Vince Young
    8. BJ Coleman
    9. Jordan Palmer
    10. Kellen Moore

    ________________________________

    People need to put the drinks down before they type!

  17. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 19, 2013 11:34 AM

    My point was that no one on the Minny roster is in the top 10.

  18. contra74 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM

    31 other teams in the league yet the packer fanbase is still in love with mentioning the Vikings in every one of their posts. These packer fans are simple little children haha.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:33 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 19, 2013 11:34 AM
    My point was that no one on the Minny roster is in the top 10.

    *******************************************

    Not even one honorable mention?

  20. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 19, 2013 1:50 PM

    I wonder how different this debate would be if the Packers had challenged the non-touchdown call when Vince Young threw that nice pass into the corner of the endzone Saturday.

  21. siuleno says: Aug 19, 2013 2:27 PM

    Dream Team

  22. judsonjr says: Aug 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    I wouldn’t really read much into the statline in the 2nd preseason game.

    You have guys who aren’t going to make the team playing, and performances are going to be skewed for better/worse because of it.

    VY could have been say 7-9 for 85 yards with 2 TDs. On one pass in the endzone the WR looked to have not run the correct route, Vince was yelling at him to have not broken the route off.

    On the other one the WR couldn’t stay in bounds when he probably had room to do so.

  23. stellarperformance says: Aug 19, 2013 4:19 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM
    31 other teams in the league yet the packer fanbase is still in love with mentioning the Vikings in every one of their posts. These packer fans are simple little children haha.

    /////////////////////////////////////

    It will all stop the minute you and others like you show the Packers and their fans the respect they have earned and deserve. Then you can expect some back. Until then…………

  24. contra74 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:41 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Aug 19, 2013 4:19 PM
    contra74 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM
    31 other teams in the league yet the packer fanbase is still in love with mentioning the Vikings in every one of their posts. These packer fans are simple little children haha.

    /////////////////////////////////////

    It will all stop the minute you and others like you show the Packers and their fans the respect they have earned and deserve. Then you can expect some back. Until then…………
    ———
    Earned and deserve….LOL! What a bunch of self entitled fans. Get over yourselves! No fanbase can take you seriously – YOU BOUGHT FAKE STOCK FOR PETE’S SAKE.

  25. stellarperformance says: Aug 19, 2013 7:14 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 6:41 PM
    Earned and deserve….LOL! What a bunch of self entitled fans. Get over yourselves! No fanbase can take you seriously – YOU BOUGHT FAKE STOCK FOR PETE’S SAKE.
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    We built a stadium. How fake is that?

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 19, 2013 7:44 PM

    Oh, look…

    Contra is trying to convince himself that people actually take him and his team seriously by pretending that no one takes the Packers seriously.

    Jealousy, fear…

  27. icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 19, 2013 10:21 PM

    Fear….fear of what? Its a football game. If the Vikings lose, I flip the channel to the next game. If the Vikings win, I flip the channel to the next game.

  28. golforepar says: Aug 19, 2013 11:07 PM

    Con tra
    You guys cant sell your tickets
    Packers fans buy stock/help the team.
    Loyalty is E of the Mississippi!

  29. teamnorsecore says: Aug 19, 2013 11:59 PM

    jrmbadger says:
    Aug 19, 2013 10:28 AM
    I love how this site reports on every development in the backup QB competition in Green Bay when a couple hundred miles to the West the starter is in serious jeopardy of losing his job to the perenial journeyman backup.

    I was watching the Viking preseason game and at one point they cut to a shot of Jennings after another Ponder pass sailed over his head and his disgust was evident.

    I give Valencia Jennings (his sister and loudmouth tweeter) about a week before she goes crazy.
    ………..
    Way to make stuff up. I watched the game…..never saw what you described above happen. Per KFAN, Ponder’s last week in Mankato was OUTSTANDING. On the last practice of camp, he went 11 of 12, in 11 on 11 drills and threw 3 tds. So your line about him “losing his job” is bunk too. Nice try to “spin” the facts there Chris Matthews.

  30. brewdogg says: Aug 20, 2013 12:53 AM

    Except for the part where the same handful of trolls post the same anti-Viking crap over and over on both Vikings and Packer threads….. A Packer fan responding to a Viking fan talking crap on a Packer thread is one thing, but when the Packer fans initiate it, it’s just plain pathetic.

    I seem to remember you used to be better than this yourself, stellar….. But whatever, I’ll join in.

    I wouldn’t worry about the backup QB…Rodgers stays healthy most of the time. A better question is who is D Jones’ backup this year? After all, it has been a while since the Packers could keep a high-draft lineman on either side of the ball on the field.

  31. contra74 says: Aug 20, 2013 4:04 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 19, 2013 7:44 PM
    Oh, look…

    Contra is trying to convince himself that people actually take him and his team seriously by pretending that no one takes the Packers seriously.

    Jealousy, fear…

    Remind everyone again how you think it’s funny a human being died during a Vikings practice a number of years ago. Come on packer fan, remind us of your class!

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 20, 2013 1:37 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 4:04 AM

    Remind everyone again how you think it’s funny a human being died during a Vikings practice a number of years ago. Come on packer fan, remind us of your class!

    *******************************************

    I don’t think it’s funny at all. And I also don’t think Korey Stringer’s widow sued the Packers.

    It’s not our fault that you can’t live with the guilt.

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