Adam Schefter of ESPN’s NFL Insider reported this afternoon via Twitter that the Green Bay Packers are releasing quarterback Graham Harrell:
Looks as if Vince Young has won Packers backup QB job. Packers are releasing QB Graham Harrell.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2013
The news comes less than 24 hours after a forgettable performance by Harrell in the Packers-Seahawks preseason game, where he completed 6 of 13 passes for 49 yards and a quarterback rating of 56.2. Overall during the 2013 preseason, Harrell has completed 23 of 42 passes for 169 yards and an interception. He failed to score a touchdown in any game, though Finley’s attempt to haul in an endzone pass might have been as close as it came. The initial touchdown call was eventually overturned on review.
Harrell was signed by the Packers in May 2010 after playing with the Canadian Football League and has been with the team since.
This news suggests that the Packers will be running with veteran QB Vince Young as the back-up to Aaron Rodgers. After being signed by Green Bay early in training camp, Young has slowly progressed within Mike McCarthy’s offensive system. He had his best night against Seattle, when he complete 6 of 7 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Young also added 39 yards on 3 scrambles, which was the highest rushing total by any player that game.
By the end of business on Tuesday, August 27th, all NFL teams must have their rosters cut down to 75 players. The final cutdowns to the 53-man roster must occur by Saturday, August 31st. This marks the first of numerous cuts to be announced by the Packers over the next week.——————Follow @ChadToporski