AUSTIN (AP) – Vince Young picked some familiar ground as he tries to resurrect his sinking NFL career.
Out of football since being cut by the Buffalo Bills before last season, the former University of Texas star used the Longhorns’ pro timing day workouts Tuesday to throw passes in front on scouts for 30 teams.
Seven years earlier, Young used the same venue to make his case as the top quarterback in the draft. This time, he was just trying to show teams he’s worthy of a roster spot.
Young declined interviews with dozens of reporters, but Young’s agent Jerry Marlatt told The Associated Press that Young chose the Texas workout because he’s comfortable on campus and it got him in front of nearly every team at once.
Young is enrolled in school and finish his degree in May, Marlatt said.
“This is a good spot for him,” Marlatt said.
Marlatt said Young doesn’t have any individual team workouts scheduled yet, but called Tuesday “the opening shot … He’s showing teams he’s been working out, throwing and getting ready.”
The 29-year-old Young, has been on a dizzying fall since he was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2006 after leading the Longhorns to the national championship. The 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year twice played in the Pro Bowl with the Titans.
But questions over his work ethic, leadership and injuries led to his release from Tennessee after the 2010 season. Young played 2011 as a backup in Philadelphia and was trying to make the roster in Buffalo when he was cut there.
Young threw for about 30 minutes in a workout directed by Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. Most of the scouts that came to inspect Texas players such as safety Kenny Vacarro and defensive end Alex Okafor, stayed to watch Young throw. Despite the recent trend of offenses using the read-option Young did not run for scouts.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, the only head coach to attend the Texas workout, declined comment.
NFL consultant Gil Brandt, the former Cowboys player personnel director, said Young threw well, but teams won’t be impressed by that.
“That’s not his problem. His problem is not physically doing something, it’s getting the ability to study, to pay attention. If he does that, he’s got a chance to come back with somebody and play,” Brandt said.
“I hope that if somebody gives him a chance — and they should — that he understands it’s his last hurrah.”
Watching Young throw was Texas coach Mack Brown, who coached Young in college and encouraged him to Texas’ pro timing day to his advantage.
“Go work out, show them you’re in great shape, that you’re not laying around pouting … that you want another chance,” Brown said he told Young. “I hope he gets a chance to lead a team again.”
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