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Packers plan to take another long look at Harrell

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Graham Harrell played nine series that spanned from the end of the first quarter to well into the fourth quarter in last Thursday's preseason opener at San Diego. He's expected to get extensive playing time again this Thursday against the Cleveland Browns. The Packers need to figure out whether Harrell can be a legitimate backup to starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "I think itís very important to see as much of Graham Harrell as we possibly can," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this week. "Thatís where he is in his development. He doesnít have a lot of playing time under his belt. Really last year is the most significant time he was able to have in a preseason. So I feel like heís a little behind as far as opportunities based on his age and how long heís been out of college but also No. 1 is Aaron. We have to make sure he gets his allotted work and make sure the No. 1 offense is where we feel we need to be up to the second preseason game. And you also want to try to develop (rookie) B.J. (Coleman). B.J. is a young guy that has a lot in front of him. Grahamís ready and itís important for him to play.Ē Harrell led a pair of touchdown drives against the Chargers but also had six three-and-outs, including on his first three series. "When he came in we were mixing and matching a lot of personnel, and he did a good job managing it," quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo said. "He probably didnít start as fast as he wanted to -- he missed some throws and may have not been on the same page on a couple of things. He probably would have liked to have a couple of throws back. But he put it in the end zone twice. Made some nice adjustments in the process, in the passing game and the protection.†He made some athletic plays on the move. Thatís probably the best thing he did is come out of the pocket and keep his eyes downfield and make plays."  

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