Graham Harrell won't be Aaron Rodgers' backup in 2013. The Packers released him Saturday afternoon. Joe VanDeLaarschot photograph

Graham Harrell released by the Green Bay Packers

Vince Young can rest easy – his biggest competition at the backup quarterback position, Graham Harrell, has been officially released by the Green Bay Packers.

While all the Packers beat writers have confirmed the news, here is ESPN’s Jason Wilde’s announcement:


Though Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t hedge with a decision last night during his press conference after the game, it was pretty clear to everyone that this moment was imminent. Here’s what McCarthy said last night:

“Vince Young, the dimension of running, that’s something that we really wanted to see. I think you’re just seeing Vince get more and more comfortable with what’s asked of him, particularly for as much man-to-man we were seeing tonight, very instinctive with big plays.

“I think Vince is definitely one of the players who took advantage of his opportunities tonight.”

He certainly did take advantage of the opportunity. His nearly 40 yards rushing and his touchdown pass sealed the deal for Young.

Harrell, who had the benefit of the first team playing around him last night, still seemed uncomfortable on the field. He certainly doesn’t have the escapability that a Vince Young has, though he probably has the knowledge of the system. He simply couldn’t make it on the field.

McCarthy, who has made a living out of developing quarterbacks must be highly disappointed in Harrell. After three years with the team, he gets cut.

But McCarthy was also highly intrigued with Young, thus the move to bring him in after training camp had started. The writing had to be on the wall for Harrell, who did his best to try to win the job.

Now that the Packers have made their move and it’s pretty clear that B.J. Coleman will be relegated to the practice squad, it will be interesting to see how McCarthy utilizes his QBs in the final preseason game. Will Young get most of the playing time?

We will await McCarthy’s next press conference to spell out those things.

In addition to Harrell, the Packers also cut two wide receivers, Alex Gillett and Justin Wilson. The moves are just the start of the flurry of activity that is sure to come between now and Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. CDT when all NFL teams must trim their rosters to 75 players.

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