GREEN BAY, Wisc. - While his senior class teammates walked the stage at graduation, Wesley College Football alum Joe Callahan finished his first NFL experience this weekend, completing the Green Bay Packers' Rookie Mini-Camp.
The quarterback received high praise from the Green Bay faithful, including several local beat writers and Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Despite being a product of NCAA Division III football, Callahan has held his own at the mini-camp according to several sources.
According to Bill Huber of the Packers Report, Callahan's production at the college level is what got him noticed and signed by the Packers. Huber quoted Head Coach Mike McCarthy saying, "He's the most prolific quarterback coming out of Division III over there at Wesley. You can never ignore production... I think anybody that has that much production definitely has earned an opportunity."
During the Packers' practices, one beat writer thought the Wesley graduate had outperformed his competition. Pete Dougherty, a beat writer for Packers News of the USA Today Network-Wisconsin wrote, "Based off Friday's practice, Callahan has more arm talent — his throws have noticeably more zip and truer spin than Williams'... Friday's brief glimpse suggests Callahan has a legitimate shot despite his short stature and Division III background."
The Packers will be featured in this year's Hall of Fame game, kicking off the NFL preseason with a contest against the Indianapolis Colts on August 7 in Canton, Ohio. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
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-Pete Dougherty, USA Today Network - Wisconsin (Packers News)
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