Packers will go with two quarterbacks on roster

The Green Bay Packers are going to roll with two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

The hope is that Graham Harrell will go through waivers unclaimed and he can be re-signed to the practice squad.

As Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports, the move made sense because Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he wouldn’t carry a third quarterback on the 46-man gameday roster. If he’s not going to do that, then why devote a roster spot to the position?

The 46th player does not have to be a quarterback this year and most teams will probably opt to add depth elsewhere, particularly on special teams.

“To me, that doesn’t change anything as far as the quarterback,” McCarthy said. “If they would have went to 46 (on game day) and 54 (on the roster) if you kept a third quarterback, I think that would have been significant. I think that’s what the league needs. You’ve got to develop these young quarterbacks. That’s always been an issue in this league.”

The Packers went through nearly the entire 2010 season with just two quarterbacks until Aaron Rodgers missed the Dec. 19 game at New England because of a concussion. Harrell was signed to the active roster for the remainder of the season.

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