Wednesday, May 09, 2007

No Contract for Stocco

There is no joy in Madtown, Packer fans. Former UW QB John Stocco was not offered a contract by the Pack after his three-day tryout this last weekend. Apparently Coach McCarthy's comments earlier in the week that Stocco was good enough to land a job somewhere in the NFL meant that it just wouldn't be with the Packers. Stocco is now off to New York for another tryout with the Giants. According to a report in today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Drana (Stocco's agent, John Drana) said Packers college scouting director John Dorsey told him that Stocco did an excellent job running the team and learning the system and that if the Packers had a need down the road, Stocco would be someone they would consider." Rookie free agent Jerry Baab of Louisiana-Layfayette was also at the orientation and apparently will be carried into the first minicamp.

The other tryout casualty was long-shot and former UW-La Crosse basketball player Joe Werner, who was in camp trying out as a tight end despite not having played any football in years.

No further announcements have been made regarding the other tryout candidates, other than a report indicating that the Packers plan on signing fullback Corey White out of Alabama-Birmingham. Interestingly, there is also a report on the Packers own website indicating they are attempting to convert rookie linebacker Korey Hall into a fullback...a position he played in high school. Either the Packers are going with a same-name theme concept at fullback this year, or they realize what big shoes they are going to have to fill in replacing William Henderson.

Oh, and Keyshawn? He says he doesn't want to play in Green Bay. That's OK. On the few occasions when he did visit in another uniform he didn't play either.