You have to admire Vince Young's patience.
He passed on football purgatory, aka the CFL. He told anyone who would listen all he wanted was a backup job in the NFL. His stated goal from the beginning was to find stability and a team with an entrenched quarterback. Young wanted to work with someone he could learn from.
Now 30 and with six NFL seasons behind him, this was a statement that only could be made with a belly full of humble pie. And yet, that's how Young has positioned himself: a talented-but-flawed project in desperate need of guidance.
But so what? Young officially is back on the grid, which is a victory in its own right. Before the flame out in Tennessee, before the Dream Team nightmare, before he became The Man Who Couldn't Beat Out Tyler Thigpen, Young was a player blessed with a mountain of natural talent.
Baggage has obscured those gifts over the past half-decade, rendering Young the NFL's equivalent of Lindsay Lohan. Let's see what he has left.
Here's what else happened on Monday ...
Depth chart madness
Try not to make too much of the initial depth charts released by teams. They are mandated by the league, and mean very little at this stage. Still, they at least provide some insight into how a team is thinking as the preseason opens. Chris Wesseling has a detailed breakdown of the biggest takeaways. You should read it.
Austin the Great(est)?
"I watched all of his tape, I saw him in person at his pro day," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on "Inside Training Camp Live." "He might be the most explosive player I've ever seen in my life, from a static start to full speed."
Mayock said Austin is "almost impossible" to cover in short spaces, adding that the ways in which he can be used is "only constrained by the imagination of your offensive coordinator."
Um, your move Brian Schottenheimer.