From left, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Vince Young run through drills during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Tuesday. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
The Green Bay Packers are ready to roll with four quarterbacks in Fridayís preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
That includes recently signed quarterback Vince Young, who has stayed at team facilities until about 9:30 p.m. every night since signing with the Packers on Monday to get up to speed on the playbook.
In practice, the two-time Pro Bowler has showed some rust. On Thursday, he was picked off during walk-throughs on a pass to James Jones and later whiffed on a short pass to Matthew Mulligan.
Once the team period started, Young was picked off again when he threw a ball behind Jeremy Ross and into the waiting arms of Jarrett Bush, which wouldíve went for a pick-6 in a game.
Still, the 30-year-old continues to take third-team snaps ahead of B.J. Coleman and appears to be in the game plan for the Cardinals.
Although it seems like Young will have to make up considerable ground to catch up to Graham Harrell, whoís in his fourth training camp with the team, the Packers are ready for Young to see some game action.
ďMy goal with Vince is to play him in the game tomorrow,Ē coach Mike McCarthy said. ďHeís definitely playing uphill right now. Thatís just from the mental transition that heís going through and frankly itís the responsibility of the coaching staff, particularly myself calling the game to get him comfortable where he can just play. Thatís really what weíre working on here in the next 30-plus hours.Ē
Young has some experience in the Packersí offensive scheme after spending a year in Andy Reidís West Coast offense with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011.
To make up for the terminology differences, heís bringing his iPad playbook with him everywhere he goes and is staying in constant contact with quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo.
As for spending the past year out of football, Young isnít letting the moment get to big for him.
ďItís really all the same. This is my craft, itís something I love to do, so itís nothing really different,Ē Young said. ďIíve had the opportunity to play a lot of games in the NFL, so I feel like thatís the help part thatís making me feel if I do go in there and play I will be comfortable. Just want to make sure Iíve got the right plays, got the guys out of the huddle, donít want any delay of games and things like that.Ē