The Green Bay Packers need a solid Plan B in the instance that quarterback Aaron Rodgers goes down. It’s beginning to look like Graham Harrell might not be the answer.
In fact, Harrell might not even be in the Packers’ future plans at this moment.
A third-year player out of Texas Tech, Harrell came into the preseason with a firm grasp on the Packers’ No. 2 quarterback spot. That grasp, however, has all but slipped after two awful outings from the once-promising gunslinger.
So far this preseason, Harrell has managed to complete only 27 of his 51 passes (52.9 percent) for 235 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. During his latest loss to the Cleveland Browns, he completed only half of his passes and threw two interceptions that never should have left his hand. Since those errant throws, his confidence seems to have dwindled.
Harrell has looked sloppy throughout the preseason and isn’t performing as expected after an impressive showing during training camp. But has his preseason been bad enough to warrant a pink slip when final cuts come on Aug. 31?
At this point in the preseason, it will come down to whether or not the Packers opt to acquire a veteran backup quarterback a la Colt McCoy or Tarvaris Jackson. If Green Bay can find themselves a suitable No.2, Harrell could become expendable in their eyes. And after spending a 2012 seventh-round pick on raw small-schooler B.J. Coleman, the Packers will likely keep him on as their emergency No. 3 or reassign him to the practice squad.
Harrell’s third preseason game will act as a final test for the quarterback that at one time seemed like a shoe-in for the No. 2 duties. If he can play well and discredit has first two lackluster performances, a future in Green Bay might still exist.
It’s do or die time for Harrell. We’ll see tonight how badly he wants to be the Packers’ Plan B.