Vince Young’s numbers from his preseason debut Sunday night were poor: 5-of-10 passes for 39 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.
Young looked tentative and confused on the interception throw, and had three drives that ended in a three-and-out.
Yes, it was only the first of five preseason games. But the preseason is as vital to Young as any player in the league.
He needs to show his team and the rest of the league he still has the skills and confidence he displayed as a rookie. That didn’t happen, although Young did have a nice touch pass for a score.
Patrick Ramsey, Young’s competition for the backup job, looked composed while completing 8-of-10 passes for 72 yards. (Disclaimer: I graduated the same year as Ramsey from Tulane, so those numbers may be totally inflated. The same thing will happen with Matt Forte and Mewelde Moore.)
Tennessee plays again Saturday against Tampa. Young has plenty of time to improve his play, but he risks sliding further down the depth chart if he doesn’t.