A fourth quarterback joined the squad on Ray Nitschke Field today in the person of Vince Young, the seven year veteran and former number one pick of the Tennessee Titans. Young was signed Monday to a one year contract, reportedly for the league veteran's minimum of $840,000. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he was brought in to add competition to the quarterback room. While Graham Harrell seems to have a fairly solid hold on the number two job for the moment, he has very limited regular season experience. Second year pro B.J. Coleman struggled last Saturday night, throwing a pair of interceptions at the Family Night Scrimmage. General Manager Ted Thompson said the addition of Young isn't neccessarily a negative reflection of the two youngsters. It's more about taking a look at a player who has proven to have won in the NFL. Young played five years in Tennessee, winning AFC offensive rookie of the year, twice making it to the Pro Bowl and guiding the Titans to a 30-17 record as a starter. But he's completed less than 58 percent of his passes for his career and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns (46/51). After turmoil in Nashville on and off the field, Young was the backup to Michael Vick in Philadelphia in 2011 and was released after the season. He tried to make the Bills roster last summer but was among Buffalo's final cuts. After sitting out the 2012 season, Young is hoping to get his career jump started again, even as a backup. At his first practice, Young took only a couple of snaps in team drills but jumped in for nearly all of the individual periods like this one:
After the workout, Young's locker was surrounded by reporters and he talked about signing on with the Pack and what he needs to do to make the roster.
The other big story of the day was McCarthy's announcement that Bryan Bulaga's season may not be over. Bulaga suffered at least a partial tear of his ACL Saturday night and initial reports indicated he would have season ending surgery. Bulaga sought a second opinion over the weekend and a deicision on how to proceed hasn't been made. McCarthy said Bulaga is still hopeful to play this year perhaps without surgery. Bulaga wasn't available in the locker room after practice. In the meantime, rookie David Bakhtiari took all the reps at left tackle. McCarthy said the fourth round pick will be given every opportunity to win that job and he'll work at left tackle exclusively. Almost as an afterthought, we also learned today that Jordy Nelson will be out of commission until the regular season. McCarthy announced Nelson had a procedure to fix a recurring issue in his knee, believed to be nerve related (according to ESPN). The scope will sideline Nelson for the rest of the Pre-Season but McCarthy believes he'll be ready for the San Francisco opener. Ryan Taylor had to be carted off the field last Saturday night and his knee injury may need a couple of weeks. Alex Green also had his knee flare up and he missed Tuesday's practice. Datone Jones sat it out with an illness, Randall Cobb was sidelined with a biceps injury that's not expected to be serious and Johnny Jolly had a bout of cramps.
The practice itself had it's ups and downs. Here were the ups, defensive backs lifting up mates and dumping them on the mat during a tackling drill. The day centered on the last of the installations and covered plenty of red zone work. The defense carried the day. McCarthy got frustrated with some mistakes and in the last red zone period, actually started it all over after two plays were not so successfully executed. The day ended with a no huddle drive led by Aaron Rodgers who hit Jarrett Boykin twice and concluded the workout with a touchdown toss to Jermichael Finley. Even for training camp, a pretty eventful day.