Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 8/13/13

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 03: General manager Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers watches practice at summer training camp on August 3, 2009 at the Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
If Ted Thompson’s signing of Vince Young and Graham Harrell’s play in Green Bay’s shutout by the Arizona Cardinals is any indicator, the answer to that question is a clear “yes”, and he will have three more chances to do it before the regular season begins. Before everyone gets too critical, let’s remind ourselves what backup quarterbacks are up against.  They are expected to take fewer practice reps that the starter, know the playbook just as well and implement its directions and intentions with equal skill.  They are required to be ready to step in at a moment’s notice and carry a team until such time as the starter is ready to go.  But what is probably the toughest row to hoe is that they must prove themselves capable each preseason, during a time that is critical in the preservation of their job, but also when they are least able to perform at their highest level.  That last indicator supposedly gets better as time during training camp goes on... Read more
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