Young workout may be philosophy change

August, 5, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers' decision to work out former first-round draft pick Vince Young may be just the team doing its due diligence. A source said that workout will take place on Monday.

Or it could signal a change in philosophy when it comes to the backup quarterbacks.

Since Aaron Rodgers became the starter in 2008, the Packers have always backed him up with an unproven No. 2. Matt Flynn won the backup job as a rookie and held it until he left as a free agent following the 2011 season.

Last year, the Packers went with a former practice-squad quarterback Graham Harrell as their backup. Harrell had never before played in an NFL regular-season game. Harrell has been competing with B.J. Coleman, a seventh-round pick in 2012, so far in training camp. Harrell outperformed Coleman in Saturday night’s scrimmage and looked much improved over last preseason, when he struggled until the final exhibition game.

Perhaps general manager Ted Thompson thinks it’s time to bring in an experienced quarterback who could give the Packers a better chance to stay competitive if something were to happen to Rodgers. Young last appeared in the regular-season in 2011, when he played in six games for the Philadelphia Eagles. Young spent five up-and-down seasons with the Tennessee Titans, who selected him No. 3 overall in the 2006 draft.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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