Graham Harrell pledges he'll be ready if needed in Green Bay
Matt Flynn developed from a late-round draft pick into a backup that eventually signed a fine contract in free agency.
He’s departed Green Bay and now it’s Graham Harrell’s turn to take over as the No. 2 behind arguably the NFL’s best quarterback – Aaron Rodgers. According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Harrell is the most inexperienced backup in the NFL with zero career snaps.
But Harrell, the former Texas Tech star, is ready to make the jump from the practice squad to a guy who is one twisted ankle away from being on the field.
“Absolutely,” Harrell told Dunne. “As a quarterback, you better be confident in yourself and believe in yourself. I believe in myself. We have a great support staff and a great group of people in Green Bay. They get quarterbacks ready to play and train quarterbacks.
“I've learned from some of the best in the business.”
It’s somewhat of a gamble for the Packers to roll with a backup that has never played before. But few organizations develop backup quarterbacks like the Packers, something that dates back to Ron Wolf’s leadership in the 90’s.
“I've been there a couple years and have had the opportunity to learn from some great coaches, and obviously, Aaron (Rodgers) is probably one of the best in the league, and I think that's as good as anything,” Harrell told Dunne. “The best way to learn is through experience and time, but with the staff we have in Green Bay and the quarterbacks we've had, I feel that when my number gets called I'll be ready.”
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