Green Bay Packers: Backup Quarterback Is a Real Mess Right Now

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The Saints went on to score a touchdown after the turnover, and the Packers were fortunate to win that game, 28-27. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images After Harrell was given six series to try and move the ball with very little success in Friday night’s loss, the Packers surprisingly went to the newly signed Young. Young was just 1-of-3 passing the ball, but he did produce two first downs, one on his lone completion and another by scrambling for five yards. Not earth-shattering stats, to be sure, but not bad after trying to learn the Mike McCarthy offensive system for just a couple of days. B.J. Coleman then took over at quarterback and was only 2-of-7 for 15 yards. This was coming off an awful performance in the Family Night scrimmage. Bottom line, expect Rodgers to get the majority of his preseason action the third exhibition game versus the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on August 23. Rodgers will play probably at least half the game. As for the rest of the preseason action, except a few series to be led by Rodgers, with Harrell, Coleman and Young all splitting time. Somebody has to show something.

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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy watches the scoreboard during the fourth quarter.

And Green continues to hear his name discussed in trade talks. For now, he’s just plowing ahead. “That’s all I can do,” Green said. “I’m just trying to take it day by day while I’m here. I’m trying not to look too far into the future.” Green rushed seven times for 16 yards. Green’s carries came strictly with the No. 2 and 3 offense, and he says he’d love to play with the starters before the preseason ends. “I’d like to,” Green said. “But whether it’s with the first O-line or the fourth O-line, I still have to do my job as a running back.

Packers backup quarterbacks have miserable night

“That one checked off. Second, you want to move the ball effectively. We did a good job of that. You want to score points; we didn’t get any points on that one drive. “Overall, as Mike said at the end of the game, the energy wasn’t there. You expect, especially with this team the young guys playing a little bit more, energy from some of the second and third groups. We didn’t have that tonight.” Whether that affected the play of the other three quarterbacks is up for debate, but the bottom line is none of them did much to change the landscape of the position behind Rodgers. Harrell proved to be the most composed of the three, but that isn’t saying a whole lot, especially when you consider Coleman and Young combined to complete 3 of 10 passes for 22 yards with a sack. Given first crack after Rodgers, Harrell threw an interception that appeared to be the result of a mix-up between him and receiver Jeremy Ross, was sacked twice and lost a fumble after taking a brutal hit from end John Abraham, the result of right tackle Marshall Newhouse whiffing on his block. Rodgers couldn’t get the ball into the end zone, but at least he moved the ball. Harrell’s longest drive was 45 yards and three of his other five traveled less than 15, including ones of 2 and 1 yard.

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Because of the NFL’s veteran salary benefit, Young is counting $555,000 against the Packers’ salary cap. In town Former NFL tight end Ernie Conwell gathered the players around him after practice Wednesday at Nitschke Field and delivered a 15-minute address in his role as a field representative for the NFL Players Association. “Ernie came in and gave us the details of what they’ve been discussing with the NFL,” said Mulligan. “It was a quick skim of what they’re doing.” Several players said part of the discussion involved testing for HGH. Conwell played for the New Orleans Saints in 2003-04 when McCarthy was their offensive coordinator. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson serves as the Packers’ player rep, and cornerback Tramon Williams is the alternate. “It was after practice and it was kind of hard to focus,” Daniels said. “Guys are tired. You see a lot of eyes rolling. He said something about testing guys, but I didn’t pay attention to it because I don’t take anything.” Bigger man Guard Josh Sitton didn’t participate in the pass-rush drill. He experiences knee soreness at times, and it’s a long camp.

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Coleman . Its definitely a challenge; its not easy, McAdoo said. Its a lot easier to do it with a veteran than a rookie coming in at this point. He has some background. Hes played some football. Hes won some games in this league and has played well. Thatll help. 4. The return game. The Packers will continue to explore options so that they dont have to put Randall Cobb , one of their top receivers, at kick returner. With Cobb perhaps out Friday night because of a biceps injury, it means Jeremy Ross should get the first crack at the returns. Slocum has little doubt about Ross ability, but ball security continues to be a concern.

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Arizona was 1 for 4 on field goals, with Will Batson missing from 31 and 42 yards. Jay Feely also was short from 53 yards. “I was disappointed in the kicking game,” coach Bruce Arians said. “Obviously.” 4. TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT: David Bakhtiari never heard his name Friday — and that’s a good thing. The fourth-round pick started at left tackle as the Packers continue to try and cobble together an offensive line, and he played well. He didn’t commit any penalties and, after getting beat on an early play, routinely held his ground. “I didn’t get touched tonight,” Aaron Rodgers said. “It’s nice when you’re not worried about him, and tonight I wasn’t worried about him.


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