We’ve seen this happen before and it appears that this year, more so than ever, Green Bay will be the land of second (or is it third?) chances.
Consider both Johnny Jolly and Vince Young. With the release of Graham Harrell yesterday (himself a beneficiary of second chances), it appears that the announcement that Vince Young has earned the backup quarterback position with the Packers is imminent. His fine showing with the Packers second team, where he led them to their only touchdown of the night against the Seattle Seahawks, seems to have been enough to earn him a spot on the 53-man roster.
We all know that B.J. Coleman is nowhere near the point in his career where he can be relied upon to back up the best quarterback in the league. Young has won many games in his NFL career and as inconsistent as he has been over the years, he is still better than Coleman, who will most likely be relegated once again to the practice squad.
And what about Jolly? He once again showed last weekend that he can clog the middle of the line and gets a push up the center of the field like nobody else on the team. Though it hasn’t been announced, my guess is that he somehow makes this team and joins Young in the “second chance” group.
They are both great stories. If they get the chance to play (though with Young, we really hope he doesn’t get the chance), people will be watching closely.
Many have said it before that Green Bay is a great place to revive a career. All there is to do for a player is to play and concentrate on football. We’re glad that Jolly and Young are poised to join the ranks.
This will be an important week for both of them as they have to show coaches they belong. We’ll know more after the three practices this week and the final preseason game at Kansas City on Thursday night.
Stay tuned …