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NFL notebook: Young impresses Green Bay with play

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Vintage Vince Young resurfaced for one entertaining series at Lambeau Field.

Running for first downs and extending plays, the seven-year NFL veteran looked Friday night as if was scrambling around again in a Texas Longhorns uniform.

He’ll settle for the green-and-gold outfits of the Green Bay Packers. Young made a strong bid for the backup quarterback job behind Aaron Rodgers with an impressive outing in limited time during the 17-10 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

“As a quarterback, you want to lead your guys out there. You want to convert on third downs, you want to make first downs and know you’re going to make the right throws and call the right plays,” Young said. “I really feel like as a second- and third-team unit, I think we took a step forward, but we still have a lot to do to work.”

Playing in the third quarter, Young finished 6-of-7 for 41 yards and a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Amosa to tie the score at 10. He also ran for 39 yards on three carries, including a 21-yard scramble on a second-and-7 to the Green Bay 44.

Young’s second series went three-and-out, but a high snap that led to a 15-yard loss was mainly to blame. All in all, Young seized the opportunity presented by coach Mike McCarthy, who’s looking to sort out the three-way competition for the backup job between Young, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman. The Packers reportedly released Harrell on Saturday.

“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 ... very instinctive with big plays,” McCarthy said. “I think Vince is definitely one of the players who took advantage of his opportunities tonight.”

Young has only been in camp since Aug. 6. Before that, he was out of football for a year after being cut by the Buffalo Bills.

Rodgers, who finished 4-of-7 for 41 yards in one series against Seattle, liked how Young was progressing.

“This is a wordy system and a difficult system to pick up,” Rodgers said. “He obviously came in after seven installs had been put in already. So he was behind, but he’s been picking it up and showing improvements.”

Harrell, the incumbent backup, finished 6 of 13 for 49 yards, while Coleman was 2 of 7 for eight yards. Playing in the fourth quarter, Coleman was also sacked twice.

Bills’ Kolb is injured

Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb has concussion-like symptoms after getting kneed in the back of the helmet.

Sidelined by a concussion last season with Arizona, Kolb was hurt at the end of an 8-yard scramble in the first quarter Saturday against the Washington Redskins.

Kolb remained in the game for four more plays, until the drive ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by C.J. Spiller.

Kolb has been competing for the starting job with first-round pick EJ Manuel, but Manuel hurt his left knee in the Bills’ previous game and is out for the rest of the preseason. With both Manuel and Kolb hurt, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel became the only healthy quarterback on the roster. Tuel entered the game on the next series.

Panthers waive 11

The Carolina Panthers have announced they’ve waived 11 players, including injured wide receiver Kealoha Pilares. Pilares was the team’s fifth-round draft pick in 2011 and but caught only two passes in two seasons with the Panthers. He did have a 101-yard kickoff return for the touchdown last year. Like Pilares, offensive tackle Bruce Campbell and fullback Mike Zordich were also waived/injured.


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