Harrell was cut by the Packers Saturday just a day after his poor performance against the Seattle Seahawks in the team’s third preseason game.
When asked about Harrell’s release, both Coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson said the Packers were ready to go in “another direction.” Meaning, they liked their chances better with Vince Young backing up Aaron Rodgers this season.
It didn’t take long for Harrell to find a new home. He’ll join a quarterback group in New York that has had its struggles as of late. Former starter, Mark Sanchez, is dealing with a shoulder injury and may miss some time. First-round pick Geno Smith has severely underperformed in the preseason, posting an unimpressive 54.6 passer rating in the preseason.
Harrell will get a shot to compete at quarterback and maybe even earn a roster spot. He’ll have to move past Greg McElroy and Matt Simms with his performance in the Jets preseason finale.
Harrell will get one shot against Philadelphia on Thursday to impress his new team. He’ll only have a few days to learn the offense – a challenging task for any player. Harrell could just as easily be cut by the Jets this weekend and return to the streets. Harrell’s situation just shows the harsh nature of the business that is the NFL.
In other news, former Packers defensive nose tackle, Gilbert Pena, was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots. Pena will get another chance to stick with a 3-4 defense. Pena was signed by the Packers this offseason as an undrafted free agent and was released over the weekend as Green Bay worked to get their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday.