Monday, May 13, 2013
Packers: B.J. Coleman in backup QB mix?
By Kevin Seifert
We spent far too much time last summer discussing the Green Bay Packers' backup quarterback situation. Presumptive No. 2 Graham Harrell struggled through some ugly-looking preseason appearances before locking down the job, at least for public consumption, with a near-perfect performance in the Packers' preseason finale.
Much of the concern, of course, was that the Packers had no other internal possibilities if Harrell couldn't handle the role. Rookie B.J. Coleman was strictly a developmental draft pick, and in fact he spent 2012 on the practice squad.
Now, however, is a fair time to ask whether Coleman can provide true competition for Harrell in training camp. Remember, the last quarterback the Packers drafted in the seventh round was Matt Flynn -- who backed up Aaron Rodgers for four years and is now the Oakland Raiders' presumed starter.
Because he spent last year on the practice squad, Coleman is technically a first-year player and thus was eligible for last weekend's rookie minicamp. It provided his first stage to run the Packers' offense and demonstrate improvement. Wrote Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "[E]arly signs this year suggest he will provide genuine competition for Harrell."
Coach Mike McCarthy will have the final say, of course, and he told reporters that he saw enough from Coleman over the weekend.
"What I had to see from B.J. is him [having] looked like he'd been here for a year, be in charge of the drills and be productive," McCarthy said. "And that was evident in all three practices."
The Packers are tentatively planning to bring four quarterbacks to training camp, meaning that Coleman's repetitions will be limited. I don't think the Packers are eager or even looking to move on from Harrell. But it appears as though Coleman put himself at least into the backup conversation over the weekend.