Vince Young didn’t sound like a player convinced he had made the final roster on Thursday night after the Green Bay Packers’ loss to Kansas City in the preseason finale.
Young spoke in terms of “if” he makes the team, not “when.”
“I don’t really want to think ahead like that,” Young said when asked if he was a good fit for the Packers offense. “That’s nothing on my mind right now. My only thing is hopefully I can make the team first and then just take my time every day and stay behind the scenes, watching the guys, how the tempo is, different defenses doing different things, how Aaron is checking out of plays and getting guys into better routes. That’s the whole part about right now if I make the team, I just want to continue to learn and pray to God nothing happens to him. But if something happens, I want to make sure I come in and keep the same tempo that Aaron has as well.”
Young didn’t generate much on offense against Kansas City. He completed 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards and a 61.0 passer rating. Young also fumbled twice, losing one, and rushed 3 times for 12 yards. The Packers scored six points in 11 drives engineered by Young.
“As you get older, you understand what’s going on,” said Young. “We’re running the ball a lot. Coach is trying to get a look at different players, and things like that. You understand with the nature of the game, but as a quarterback you just want to continue to keep getting better and moving the ball down the field and getting guys in the right areas. … They’re trying to get a look at different guys on the offensive line, running backs, tight ends and understanding the situation and all I can do is do my job. I really felt like I did OK. I could’ve had some better throws and things like that, but overall I think I did OK.”
For the entire preseason, Young completed 26 of 49 passes (53.1%) for 218 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His passer rating was 71.6.
B.J. Coleman finished the preseason by completing 14 of 34 passes (41.2%) for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His passer rating was 49.6.
Before he was cut last week, Graham Harrell completed 23 of 42 passes for 169 yards, no touchdowns and one interception during the preseason. His passer rating was 54.6.