Stocco awaits Packers’ call

first_imgA decision on John Stocco’s future with the Green Bay Packers will come within the next day, Stocco’s agent John Drana said.The former University of Wisconsin quarterback participated in the Packers’ three-day mini-camp this weekend, and he made quite the impression on Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy.”I thought John did a nice job,” McCarthy said at a press conference Sunday. “One thing you always look for in the quarterback is how he handles the team part of it. Some guys look good in drills, some guys don’t look very good in drills, but I could see why he was successful in college. He picked it up; picked it up very quickly.”McCarthy said Stocco went through all of the mini-camp drills quite clean and quickly improved from Thursday through Saturday.Even though Stocco also feels as though he improved from day one of his tryout with the Packers, he believes he still has room to grow.”I felt like I got a lot better each year that I played, and I still feel like I can get a lot better,” Stocco told Saturday. “That’s been one of my goals my whole career is to improve every year that I’ve played, and I think I’ve done that so far, and I think I can still do that.”Stocco was joined at the quarterback position by undrafted free agent Jerry Babb, who — unlike Stocco — signed a contract with the Packers prior to the rookie orientation camp.While Babb — a four-year starter at Louisiana-Lafayette — may be a step ahead of Stocco in terms of earning a roster spot behind Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Ingle Martin, McCarthy said neither of the quarterbacks one-upped the other.”In fairness to them, particularly when you play quarterback and you go to such a new system, the last thing those guys are thinking about is throwing the ball,” McCarthy said. “They’re trying to get the plays out of their mouth and things like that … [but] I wouldn’t just say those two guys can’t play. I wouldn’t say that at all about them.”They both can improve their overall strengths, and they’re very young and raw.”Still McCarthy was slow to say whether or not Stocco will have a spot available with the Packers in the future.”As far as him coming back here, that’s something we’ll sit down here … and decide,” McCarthy said. “But it would surprise me if he doesn’t have an opportunity in the National Football League.”The next Antonio Gates?Also at Green Bay’s rookie mini-camp this past weekend was former UW-La Crosse basketball player Joe Werner. Despite not having played football since high school, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound forward tried his hand at tight end.”I thought Joe did a nice job,” McCarthy said. “He came in here and competed, obviously it was very new for him. I think we all expected that.”He’s got a long road ahead of him, but I liked a lot of things that you saw from him,” McCarthy added. “A man that big running routes, particularly the basic cross and the vertical routes, he’s a big target running down through there and has excellent body control. So he’s definitely intriguing in the passing game, but it’s all very new to him.”Packers news and notesMcCarthy said Favre would be at Green Bay’s next mini-camp a week from today. Favre is rehabbing after ankle surgery this offseason and probably won’t participate in practice right away. … Favre’s backup, Rodgers, is questionable for the mini-camp as he still isn’t at 100 percent after breaking his foot last season. … Korey Hall, Green Bay’s sixth-round pick from Boise State, was moved from linebacker to fullback. … Running back DeShawn Wynn, one of the Packers’ seventh-round selections, suffered a left-calf injury during Friday’s practice, but McCarthy said it was not serious.last_img