Graham Harrell losing grip on Green Bay Packers’ backup job


Aug 9, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports



The Green Bay Packers are desperately searching for an adequate backup quarterback to give themselves some secruty of Aaron Rodgers were able to go down with an injury. Given the state of their offensive line, his chances of suffering a significant injury are higher than most starting QBs, and needless to say, Green bay needs insurance for him.

You’d be hard-pressed to say that had any after no Packers backup QB has stood out through two weeks of training camp. Graham Harrell, Vince Young and B.J. Coleman are all in the running for the job, but those three  combined to complete just 15/29 passes for 98 yards with no touchdowns and one interception during Friday’s 17-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason opener.

Graham Harrell entered camp as the favorite to win the job, but now, he’s fallen back to the pack:

“Graham has to play better, and it’s tough,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said today. “Playing quarterback in the preseason, it’s never clean, and it’s been like that as long as I’ve been in this league. For quarterbacks particularly, you have to play above that.


In six series, Harrell completed 12/19 passes for 76 yards and threw one interception.

With Vince Young signing just this week and a little more than three weeks until rosters are cut to 53-players, time is of the essence for Young to impress enough to earn a spot, but he also could become the backup if he performs well the remainder of the preseason.



Topics: Graham Harrell, Green Bay Packers, NFL

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