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Sources: Packers will work out Vince Young

Aug. 4, 2013
 
The Green Bay Packers are taking a look at Vince Young as a potential backup quarterback candidate.
The Green Bay Packers are taking a look at Vince Young as a potential backup quarterback candidate. / Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers are bringing in former two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young for a workout on Monday, a league source confirmed to Press-Gazette Media on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old quarterback, who was spotted at Austin-Straubel airport on Sunday evening, hasn’t played since the 2011 season, but was in camp with the Buffalo Bills last year.

In six NFL seasons with Tennessee and Philadelphia, Young has played in 60 career games with 50 starts and completed 755-of-1,304 passes (57.9 percent) for 8,964 yards in his career with 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. The AFC offensive rookie of the year in 2006, Young also has 282 carries for 1,459 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns.

The Packers currently have 28-year-old Graham Harrell and 24-year-old B.J. Coleman battling for the backup spot to Aaron Rodgeres. The two quarterbacks have been splitting reps evenly throughout camp with Coleman seeing the first snaps behind Rodgers during Saturday's annual Family Night intra-squad scrimmage.

However, Harrell unofficially had the better night, completing nine of 12 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown while Coleman struggled with nine of 18 completions for 100 yards and two interceptions.

Since drafting Coleman in the seventh-round of the 2012 NFL draft, the Packers have stood by both quarterbacks in lieu of bringing in an NFL veteran, but appear to be testing the waters with the former third-overall pick in the 2006 draft.

The Packers have been adamant throughout the offseason about finding an answer for the read-option offense that befuddled them in January's 45-31 loss to San Francisco in the NFC divisional playoffs.

The organization went as far as to send its defensive staff traveled to Texas A&M to compare notes on defending against the offense.

If Young shows he has something left in the tank, he could provide a good scout against the offense. The Packers open the season against the 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sept. 8 in San Francisco.

The Packers' interest in Vince Young, the first quarterback in NCAA I-A history to registered 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season, goes back to 2006 when Green Bay held the fifth-overall selection following a 6-10 campaign.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson closely scouted Young and was extremely complimentary of his work after leading the University of Texas to a national title with a 41-38 victory over the University of Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

"The more I watch him now, the more I realize that I haven't seen anyone quite like him," Thompson said. "Usually, when you're scouting a player, you think to yourself, 'He reminds me of so-and-so.' But in this case, Young doesn't remind me of anyone. He seems to be one of a kind. The more I watch him, the more I just scratch my head and wonder how he did that."

The Packers had both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers on the roster at the time, but Thompson buffered his comments by using a Michael Jordan/Sam Bowie analogy when addressing Young's upside.

"I'll go back to the Sam Bowie situation,” Thompson said. “If you have a chance to get Michael Jordan, you get Michael Jordan."

-whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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