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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Vince Young: 'Happy to be here'

By Rob Demovsky
ESPN.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Vince Young will have less than a month to show whether he can compete for the Green Bay Packers' backup quarterback position. But after his first practice with his new team on Tuesday, Young said he's up to the challenge.

"[It's] no challenge," Young said. "I've been through pretty much everything you can think of. I'm just happy, enjoying this and just happy to be here and being here with some special, special guys."

Vince Young
Vince Young got onto the practice field for the Packers on Tuesday after signing with the team.

After a 30-17 record as a starter with the Titans from 2006 to 2010, Young went to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 as a backup and made three starts (going 1-2). He then signed with the Buffalo Bills in May 2012 but was released before training camp ended.

"Back in the day, I was a young Vince," he said. "Now I'm more mature and definitely learned from things that happened in the past. I'm married now, [a] grown man, 30 years old, kind of like the old head in this locker room."

Standing in front of a locker that didn't even have his name plate attached yet, Young said he spent the past year out of football working and training in Austin, Texas, where he was a star at the University of Texas before the Tennessee Titans selected him third overall in the 2006 NFL draft.

"I got a chance to be back at home where it all started," Young said. "I just got a chance to be with my family. I've been enjoying life and staying ready. I'm just happy about this opportunity, that I got a call to come in and try to reach and finish off my career like I want it to be."

Young said he never feared his career was over. He kept in touch with NFL teams and even showed up at the Longhorns' on-campus pro day earlier this year to let people know he was still in shape and wanted to play.

General manager Ted Thompson said he had no reservations about bringing in a quarterback who has experienced so many ups and downs. When asked if he knows what he's getting in Young, Thompson said: "That's the mystery of it, sort of the intrigue."

Young will compete with Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman to be Aaron Rodgers' backup. It's not clear whether yet Young will play in Friday's preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.