Packers Cut Losses with Brohm

We broke this news locally, and now we spin it forward. The Packers may be in the market for another quarterback, and Minnesota released John David Booty, Oakland released Jeff Garcia, and Philadelphia is shopping A.J. Feeley. The Eagles' needs include a Packers strength. Read on for details ...

Apparently, Thursday's promising preseason performance wasn't good enough for Brian Brohm. Nor was his draft status. The Green Bay Packers placed Brohm on waivers as part of today's roster cutdown to 53 players.

Packer Report was the first to report the move among local beat writers after receiving confirmation from Brohm's agent.

Brohm, who went 20-of-28 against Tennessee, was a second-round draft pick in 2008 after a remarkable career at Louisville. But in eight preseason games over two years, he failed to throw a touchdown pass and only occasionally flashed his 71-touchdown form at practice.

If the Packers want to add a third quarterback — they have just two after reaching their 53-man roster — the Vikings released John David Booty, the Raiders released Jeff Garcia and the Eagles have A.J. Feeley on the trading block. One player not in play is Luke McCown, who Tampa Bay traded to Jacksonville on Saturday night to quash one rumor.

Brohm is a candidate to be re-signed to the practice squad, but a source with good knowledge of quarterback situations around the league told Packer Report that he expected Brohm would be claimed in waivers.

With coach Mike McCarthy cutting his chops on working with quarterbacks, his evaluation of Brohm likely played a large part in the decision. And what a stunning decision it was. The Packers haven't had a second-round pick bomb this badly and this quickly in more than three decades. At least second-round bust Fred Vinson (1999) helped the Packers land Ahman Green in 2000.

Brohm was drafted in the second round, No. 56 overall, after first-rounders Matt Ryan of Atlanta and Joe Flacco of Baltimore, and one pick before Chad Henne in the second round in 2008. Henne remains the backup in Miami after failing to mount much of a challenge to veteran Chad Pennington this summer. The next quarterback off the board, Kevin O'Connell by New England in the third round (No. 94 overall), was released last week. The next quarterback was John David Booty (fifth round, No. 137), and he was released by Minnesota on Saturday.

Playing all but the first series at Tennessee, Brohm completed an impressive 20-of-28 passes and didn't have a turnover. But those 20 completions covered only 154 yards, and on the Packers' only touchdown drive of the night, Brohm completed just one pass of longer than 8 yards.

The majority of his completions were slants on three-step drops. There wasn't a hint of Brohm trying to make a play or ad-libbing or being the type of polished quarterback that goes through his reads.

Brohm concluded this preseason by completing 39-of-62 passes for just 300 yards, with no touchdowns and three interceptions. In two preseasons, he failed to throw a single touchdown pass. Last summer, however, he failed to even get the team into the end zone. This summer, he did it against Buffalo and Tennessee.

After Thursday's game, McCarthy signaled that Brohm was in good position to make the roster.

"I think young quarterbacks, it's a normal curve of development," he said. "You want to see them always moving forward, making progress. I think Brian clearly has done that the last two weeks. He has put a lot of individual time into this ... and I think it's starting to pay off for him."

The best fit may be Feeley, who is third behind Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. Feeley, a ninth-year pro, completed 76.1 percent of his passes in the preseason, though he didn't play in the third game and threw only two passes in the fourth. He had one touchdown, no interceptions and a rating of 104.4. The Eagles are looking for a middle linebacker, and the Packers have a surplus with Desmond Bishop and Brandon Chillar as backups. As for Booty, there's already a Green Bay link. The Vikings and Packers swapped picks in the 2008 draft, with Green Bay moving up in the fourth round to take Jeremy Thompson and the Vikings taking Booty, the former USC star, with the Packers' pick. Booty was the inactive third quarterback all of last season. In the preseason, he played in three of four games (sitting out the third game at Houston), completing 60.7 percent of his passes with no touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 62.9

Oakland released Garcia on Saturday, paving the way for JaMarcus Russell to be the starter. The 39-year-old Garcia completed 55.6 percent of his passes with one touchdown, one interception and a rating of 67.1 in the preseason. He started 11 games for Tampa Bay last season, with 12 touchdowns, six interceptions and a rating of 90.2.

McCown figures to be available because the Buccaneers have four quarterbacks on the final roster. The sixth-year pros started three games in 2008 and four in 2004 as a rookie. He completed 53.6 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions and a rating of 86.6 in three preseason games.

Also released on Saturday was Joey Harrington by New Orleans. And for an intriguing developmental prospect, the Steelers released undrafted rookie Mike Reilly. The 6-foot-3 Reilly was the only Division II signal-caller invited to the NFL Combine earlier this year. He began his collegiate career at Washington State, but transferred to Central Washington State after his redshirt freshman season. The move paid off for Reilly, who was a four-year starter for the Wildcats, passing for more than 12,000 yards and completing 64 percent of his throws.


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