Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/24/13
Mike McCarthy might find it impossible to pass on Vince Young's talent when it comes time for the Green Bay Packers coach to pick his No. 2 quarterback even given Young's limited knowledge of the offense. Working from a limited play list against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night Young took a big step toward beating out Graham Harrell for the No. 2 quarterback job in the Packers'17-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Whatever his shortcomings as a pure passer the 30-year old Young demonstrated the athleticism that can turn a bad play into a good one and probably made himself the front-runner to back up Aaron Rodgers. In his two series Young ran for 39 yards and put up a touchdown and 130.7 passer rating. "The dimension of running that's something we really wanted to see (from Young)" McCarthy said after the game. "I think you're just seeing Vince getting more and more comfortable with what we're asking of him particularly for as much as man-to-man (defense) as we were seeing tonight. "Very instinctive and made big plays and did very well on his first drive. It was unfortunate the high snap on second down on the second drive. I think Vince is one of the players that definitely took advantage of his opportunities tonight." McCarthy didn't use this game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season as he has in the third preseason game in previous seasons. Though most of the starters played the entire first half McCarthy had another agenda and pulled Rodgers after only one possession. McCarthy clearly wanted to take a long look at Harrell with the Packers' starters against the Seahawks' starting defense which last season led the NFL in fewest points allowed. To gain that look McCarthy had to forego giving his No. 1 offense extended to playing time to find a rhythm. In Rodgers' only series the Packers' 52-yard drive ended with Mason Crosby's 38-yard field goal. The Seahawks on the other hand stuck with quarterback Russell Wilson through their first possession of the third quarter. Wilson put up only three points a 27-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka on the game's first series. The Packers also intercepted Wilson twice cornerback Casey Hayward on a ball tipped by linebacker Nick Perry and safety Jerron McMillian on a diving interception when Wilson led receiver Doug Baldwin too far on a post pattern. "I feel very good about the process" McCarthy said. "You can't sometimes have it both ways. We try we want to win the game we wanted to win tonight especially at home. But there's more information needed. That's what we juggled.
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