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Thompson intrigued by Young's 'mystery'

Aug. 6, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Vince Young on the practice field on Tuesday morning. Mike Vandermause/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson spoke to the media after Tuesdayís practice. Here are some highlights from his news conference:

On bringing in quarterback Vince Young now: Weíve knew we were going with three, but we had an idea we wanted to go with four this year. (Matt Brown) hurt himself before training camp.

On this being a reflection of other quarterbacks: Coach Mike (McCarthy) and I are always talking about to get more competition. We know he can play at this level.

Intriguing to bring him in? Thatís the mystery of it. Thatís sort of the intrigue. (personnel executives) Eliot (Wolf) and Alonzo (Highsmith) were watching the night before his workout, they were telling me they were watching the replay of the national championship game.

Tryout process? Part of the whole. We did a little bit of the tryout. Part of the tryout is conversations and coaches sitting down with him. He seems like a really good guy. I had no problems or concerns at all.

Something left in tank? He looked like he was in pretty good shape. The way he carried himself, threw the ball. It was almost exactly the same at the University of Texas when Mike McCarthy and I attended his Pro Day (in 2006).

On rookie tackle David Bakhtiari: Bakhtiari was a good player on a team that had a couple bumps and bruises and he held in there.

On starting a rookie left tackle: I think itís happened before here. Iím sure itís happened in a lot of places. Yes, surprising most guys we draft were left tackles in college. Plays with his knees bent. Itís a lot more of a cerebral game. Weíre anxious to see. It makes it difficult for everybody.

On tackle Derek Sherrod: We don't know. I will say this. He is continuing to get better.

On running back Eddie Lacy: Eddie Lacy looks a lot like he did at Alabama. Heís very decisive. Heís strong and powerful, and big. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense.

On injured left tackle Bryan Bulaga: I would think the team will know pretty soon on Bulaga. Not sure how theyíll proceed.

Importance of left tackle: Left tackle position is a pretty important spot. Thatís a given. Itís a difficult position. Thatís the reason you see the guys get drafted really high, but weíve gone to Plan B before and done OK and won some guys. Weíll do it now.

Dislike Family night even more after injuries? That could happen with anything. Injuries are not explainable. They just happen.

On when Bulaga's injury happened? Just to watch it, you wouldnít know anybody got banged up.

On quarterback Graham Harrell: Yeah, I think Graham has done a good job. He fits in the locker room, carries himself well. He played pretty good.

On concern after wide receiver Jordy Nelson's knee injury: I donít know ours is anymore than probably a lot of people. Fortunately, Jordy with his particular thing is something we have some experience with some other guys. We think we can predict it about the way it will go, which youíll never know.

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