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Mike McCarthy hopes to play Vince Young in preseason opener

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As we noted earlier, one of the reasons to watch Packers’ preseason games is the club’s backup QB competition, with the play of Vince Young of particular interest.

With Young signing just this week and a little more than three weeks until rosters are trimmed to the 53-player limit, time is of the essence for Young to impress his new club -- and for his new club to evaluate him.

The evaluation has already begun in practices. Now, it appears Young could get a chance to play Friday night against Arizona. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Thursday that he wants the former Titans, Eagles and Bills passer to get some game reps in the preseason opener.

“My goal with Vince is to play him in the game tomorrow,” McCarthy said, per Paul Imig of

According to the Packers’ official Twitter feed, McCarthy indicated he wants Young, Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Aaron Rodgers to all get in the game Friday night.

Any snaps Young gets on Friday were ones likely that would have gone to Harrell and Coleman, which just adds to competition for the top backup role behind Rodgers. At least one the three reserves currently on the roster is very likely to be let go before Week One.