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  1. lklrlolnlilklsox

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    Plenty of teams carry two QBs. Most of them are teams with an elite QB and a veteran backup. Frankly, I'd rather Blanchard get first crack at any spare PT for various reasons, but it's always nice to have a fallback veteran who has taken many snaps in the league and knows what to expect.
     
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    Bah, I relied on my Packer fan coworker to know if Coleman was their 3rd stringer. You'd think he'd know. Looks like he was on their practice squad.

    Harrall was not from a smallish school. He played for Texas Tech. Way better competition than Whitewater faced. He also played a season with the CFL. But that's not even why he is the backup QB over there. He's been with the team and the same head coach for 3 years. Look, if Trestman had been here for three years and so was Blanchard, that's different. He'd know what he's got.

    Now, let's look at the Packers situation. Coleman was a 7th round pick in 2012. He sat the practice squad for one year. You would not think it odd if the Packers cut arrell and just went with Coleman as their only #2 QB?
     
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    XaOs, good catch, forgot to point that out. I heard someone this mornin saying they think they did that to have help defending the new running/option style qb and hopefully have him fill out their qb spot. They said just last week they had met w/Texas A&M on how to defend these running/option qb's...and I think their early schedule includes SF and Wash so it makes since that Vince might well be running the scout team also.
     
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    Too true ric. The fact that the packers are also dealing with trying to find a new LT may also have impacted that decision.
     
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    No, he wasn't. He was on the PS. As I said, the Packers carried only 2 QBs last year and neither of them were veterans. Graham Herrell was a udfa from the football factory that is Texas Tech....big whoop.
     
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    More and more you are seeing young kids backing up established starters, it's not 100% but it's more and more common b/c they are cheap and are showing they are more ready then they used to be.
     
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    Rogers was a veteran :). But so was Herrell.

    1) Herrell has been in the NFL on the Packers since 2010. He also played a season in the CFL in 2009. He's a veteran.

    2) Texas Tech faces way better competition than Wisconsin-Whitewater. Big whoop that all you want.

    3) Even with all that extra three years under the same coaches, Herrell's first regular season snap resulted in him bouncing off his center and fumbling the ball in the red zone.



    What is so special about Blanchard that makes you think he can handle backup QB duties with zero experience? Look, I agree with Ric that seeing young kids backing up the starters is not unusual. Seeing one as inexperienced as Blanchard is.
     
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    Regarding Blanchard,

    Blanchard didn't go to UW Whitewater on a football scholarship. He did not loose a game (granted Div II games) in more than 3 years as a starter, including (3 consecutive) championships. Blanchard was then a walk-on at training camp last year, where he went head to head with a 5th round draft pick (Enderle) who was considered worth keeping as a 3rd QB on the roster too prevent him from being poached off the waiver wire. Blanchard competed his way to the same round of cuts (final cut down before the regular season) as that 5th round pick.

    Blanchard has earned through competition the right to compete for (not be given) that backup QB position. It is the next logical step in his progression. May the best player win.
     
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    WNML, i don't know that blanchard is special, I know that McCown isn't. See the difference?
     
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