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Harrell will go to camp as the No. 3 quarterback

The Green Bay Packers released four players yesterday in preparation for signing their draft picks. Among those released was quarterback Noah Shephard, meaning the Packers will open training camp with three quarterbacks on their roster.

Behind Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn sits former Texas Tech star Graham Harrell, who hasn’t had much of an opportunity in the NFL despite throwing for 5,111 yards and 45 touchdowns in his senior season. Harrell went undrafted and was on the roster of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2009. The Packers brought Harrell in for a tryout and signed him in May.

Harrell still isn’t guaranteed a roster spot — the Packers carried only two quarterbacks on their roster last season — but his chances look good.

Released along with Shepard were cornerback Trevor Ford, safety Khalil Jones and linebacker Tim Knicky.

All four players were undrafted free agents. Ford appeared in three games after being signed in 2009. The other three players were signed after this year’s draft.

The Packers should begin signing draft picks in the next week.


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  1. RayV#7 June 19, 2010

    Wow, thats great, i know we really dont need a third QB, its good to hear that Harrell is going good for the Packers after being released by both the Browns and the Roughriders! i hope he makes the team and becomes a decent back up QB for us and then we develop him and trade him for draft picks. he was really good in college but many scouts said he didnt have the arm strength and accuracy but he i think he will be a decent back up for us if we dont cut him.

  2. Stufrogg June 20, 2010

    When he was released by Saskatchewan, it was because he didn’t want to be there anymore. He wanted out.

    It wasn’t because they didn’t want him anymore.

    I don’t blame him. He didn’t want to sit around there and compete for the #2 spot, when he felt he could get a shot in the NFL. Especially since he is a far better passer than the current starter for Saskatchewan. Now he is getting his shot…hopefully.

  3. Mr. Bozeman June 20, 2010

    It always aggrivates me that these huge college stars never even get a shot in the NFL, so its nice to see that he at least has a chance to prove himself.

  4. Slim June 20, 2010

    Harrell is better than the Saints Chase Daniel and Browns McCoy and many others who made NFL teams.
    45 TD – 7 Int in 09.
    Thank you Greenbay!