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Packers release QB Vince Young

Aug. 31, 2013
 
The Packers have released quarterback Vince Young, league sources confirm.
The Packers have released quarterback Vince Young, league sources confirm. / File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

The Green Bay Packers have seen enough of Vince Young to know the two-time Pro Bowler won’t be their backup quarterback in 2013.

The Packers parted ways with the 30-year-old quarterback on Saturday as part of their NFL-mandatory roster reduction to 53 players today, a league source confirmed.

After spending the past year out of football, the Packers signed Young on Aug. 5 as competition for returning reserves Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman.

Young established himself as the front-runner to spell Aaron Rodgers after completing 7-of-8 passes for 41 yards and scrambling for another 39 in last Friday’s 17-10 loss to Seattle last Friday, but seemed to lose his grip on the job in Thursday’s preseason finale against Kansas City.

With Harrell being released a day after the Seahawks’ game, Young saw action on 11 of 14 drives against the Chiefs, but only led the offense to six points on 14-of-30 passing for 144 yards.

“It’s been tough,” said Young after the game of the transition. “I think I’ve been handling it pretty well. I’ve just been taking my time and picking the guys’ brains. I’m taking my time really. I really feel like the guys have definitely been helping out a lot. Aaron definitely, B.J., Graham, guys definitely have been helping out.”

The performance left the door open for the organization might pursue other options, which it now appears they’re ready to do with only Aaron Rodgers and B.J. Coleman as the only quarterbacks still knowingly on the roster.

Coleman seems more likely to land back on the practice squad for another season after registering a 49.6 quarterback rating in the preseason off 14-of-34 passing (41.2 percent) for 128 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Young finished his preseason stint with the Packers with a 71.6-quarterback rating on 26-of-49 completions (53.1 percent) for 218 yards with one touchdown. He thanked the organization for the opportunity on Twitter after being given his release:

“Thanks to the @Packers opportunity great organization great team wonderful fans good luck this season.”

Although the pool for backup quarterbacks was thin when the Packers signed Young earlier this month, it’s likely to swell as NFL cuts begin to be made.

Some notable releases over the past 24 hours have included former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (New England), Matt Leinart (Buffalo), Jimmy Clausen (Carolina), Caleb Hanie (Baltimore), Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer (Chicago) and Matt Scott.

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