Young signed with the Green Bay Packers on Monday and took part in his first practice on Tuesday, when he was limited mostly to individual drills. His team snaps increased Wednesday and Thursday (which was a short practice without pads).
“He’s definitely playing uphill right now,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who plans to play all four of his quarterbacks against the Cardinals. “That’s just from the mental transition that he’s going through and frankly it’s the responsibility of the coaching staff, particularly myself calling the game, to get him comfortable where he can just play.”
McCarthy did not disclose his quarterback rotation, but it likely will follow this week’s practice script in which Aaron Rodgers took the first few reps of most periods followed by Graham Harrell and Young. B.J. Coleman got most of his snaps on the scout team.
In last year’s preseason opener at San Diego, Rodgers played three series and gave way to Harrell, who played until the final series of the fourth quarter. Coleman finished the game.
Young, who last appeared in a game 11½ months ago in the preseason with the Buffalo Bills, probably doesn’t know enough of the Packers’ playbook to see any prolonged action against the Cardinals.
"Yeah, you can probably say that,” Young said before returning to watch film on his iPad while sitting in his locker. “I’ve been here for just three days now.”
Young, a career 57.9 percent passer in his six combined seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, continued to struggle with his accuracy on Thursday. He sailed a pass over the head of tight Matthew Mulligan on a short out route and then on the next play threw an interception right into the hands of cornerback Jarrett Bush. At one point, Young even threw an interception during the half-speed, jog-through portion of practice.