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Packers waive rookie QB Callahan

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 01:  Quarterback Joe Callahan #6 of the Green Bay Packers passes as Ramik Wilson #53 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers waived rookie quarterback Joe Callahan on Thursday.

Callahan had made the Packers as an undrafted rookie and was the team’s third quarterback. The roster move was likely made to open up a spot to be filled later in the week.

Callahan played Div. III college football at Wesley. He threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions and made a strong impression on the team’s decision makers in the preseason, when he got extended time because No. 2 quarterback Brett Hundley was battling injuries.

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37 Responses to “Packers waive rookie QB Callahan”
  1. drunkinsconnie says: Oct 13, 2016 5:32 PM

    Now their offense can take off.

  2. ctiggs says: Oct 13, 2016 5:33 PM

    Just a reminder Kap is back this week. Tune in at 1pm ET as we handle the Bills. #GoNiners

  3. stellarperformance says: Oct 13, 2016 5:36 PM

    Somebody will pick this kid up. He’s talented.

  4. djvh2 says: Oct 13, 2016 5:37 PM

    It’s to activate Mike Pennel before the game Sunday.
    Hopefully Callahan makes it back to the practice squad or another team signs him.

  5. The Almighty Cabbage says: Oct 13, 2016 5:42 PM

    Wow. This surprises me. I’d almost bet that someone will pick him up. I honestly believe this kid could be a starting quarterback. Maybe not today, but soon.

  6. cribbage12 says: Oct 13, 2016 5:53 PM

    They need the room for Pennel and nobody is putting him on the active roster. I’d be shocked. Practice squad candidate.

  7. manureman says: Oct 13, 2016 6:14 PM

    welcome to cleveland kid.

  8. tncheese says: Oct 13, 2016 6:16 PM

    Need an RB.

  9. 4sacroc says: Oct 13, 2016 6:20 PM

    Kid was living the dream this summer.

    Great memories for him.

    He might be back after clearing waivers.

  10. tjacks7 says: Oct 13, 2016 6:25 PM

    Obviously, Mike McCarthy wants to avoid the questions about a QB competition as Rogers continues to regress.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 13, 2016 6:25 PM

    He impressed me in preseason. Giants need to go get him.

  12. PhD says: Oct 13, 2016 6:36 PM

    Trent? Trent? Wake up Trent!

  13. packinsteel says: Oct 13, 2016 6:39 PM

    Dude was looking good in pre-season games. Someone will pick him up.

  14. codythao35 says: Oct 13, 2016 6:42 PM

    They need a real qb since little Erin is declining. I say sign Tavaris Jackson. Lol

  15. purplepride11 says: Oct 13, 2016 6:50 PM

    Cleveland will pick him up and his career will die there. Just like so many other quarterbacks before him.

  16. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 13, 2016 6:56 PM

    Its always cool to see a D2/D3 kid get a chance. Hope he ends up on a roster/practice squad someplace.

  17. ballboy48 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:16 PM

    This kid played really well.

  18. gtodriver says: Oct 13, 2016 8:16 PM

    It could be to put Pennel on the roster after serving his 4 game suspension.

    Or it could be to put a running back on the roster.

  19. rockbot69 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:29 PM

    Hey Trent Baalke… Go get us a quarterback!

  20. nyneal says: Oct 13, 2016 8:38 PM

    This kid is better than some starting QB’s in the league. He will be grabbed by someone.

  21. dragonfly99 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:46 PM

    The kid has potential. He won’t be unemployed long.

  22. pkrlvr says: Oct 13, 2016 9:01 PM

    Love the ignorant Viking fans talking about Rodgers declining. Dude’s on pace for 36 td’s this year and is 7 years younger than Brady.

  23. leatherface2012 says: Oct 13, 2016 10:15 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Oct 13, 2016 9:01 PM
    Love the ignorant Viking fans talking about Rodgers declining. Dude’s on pace for 36 td’s this year and is 7 years younger than Brady.

    he can have all the tds and stats he wants. he has forgotten it’s a team game..look at the rankings now. he is ranked 29th among active qbs this year.. 29th!!! yards per game 219….avg yards per completion 6.3..thats below bortles fitzpatrick, jameis winston, and cody kessler for gods sake..all world he aint anymore, and it only goes down from here..gb is 12th in points scored, and 27th in passing yards..they play some teams decent against the pass also

  24. oldcracker says: Oct 13, 2016 10:17 PM

    Could he be in line as the next crash-test dummy, playing QB, in Cleveland? Reminds me of the poor grunts in those Navy landing crafts on D-day. “NEXT!”

  25. beerbratscheese says: Oct 13, 2016 10:22 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Oct 13, 2016 9:01 PM
    Love the ignorant Viking fans talking about Rodgers declining. Dude’s on pace for 36 td’s this year and is 7 years younger than Brady.
    ——————

    Amen to that. Tom Brady has a Tom Brady year and he’s Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers has a Tom Brady year and he’s declining. Whatever.

  26. skolvikes says: Oct 13, 2016 11:22 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Oct 13, 2016 9:01 PM
    Love the ignorant Viking fans talking about Rodgers declining. Dude’s on pace for 36 td’s this year and is 7 years younger than Brady.

    ———–
    Wow, 36 TDs, crown him.

    Meanwhile, in the real world, he’s:

    26th in the league in yards per game.

    28th in yards per attempt.

    19th in rating.
    31st in completion pct (dead last in qbs that qualify by the way)

    He’s thrown 3 picks and fumbled 3 times in 4 games.

    But, yeah man, the former 2 time NFL MVP isn’t declining at all, cause he’s on pace for 36 TDs,

    Good call, way to show those ignorant Viking fans.

  27. skolvikes says: Oct 13, 2016 11:35 PM

    The following QBs have a higher completion percentage then Aaron Rodgers:

    Brian Hoyer,Sam Bradford,Matt Ryan, Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz, Andy Dalton, Trevor Siemian, Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr, Cody Kessler, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Tyrod Taylor, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Carson Palmer, Jameis Winston, Blaine Gabbert, Brock Osweiler, Cam Newton, Case Keenum, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

  28. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 13, 2016 11:55 PM

    skolvikes, that’s only 26 QBs, are you sure you didn’t miss a few names?

  29. smedley61 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:26 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a wink and nod deal for the practice squad like Matt Hasselbeck got when the Bears tried to sign him away.

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 14, 2016 12:44 AM

    One more example of how Packer fans are delusional. You’re all claiming this Div. III rookie is good enough to be a starter in the NFL on the basis of some not horrible performances in preseason games. I guarantee you that no other team will pick him up and he will be signed to the Packers practice squad. Eventually, he’ll go the way of Scott Tolzien and you’ll never hear from him again. Nothing against this guy, but let’s try to be the slightest bit realistic.

  31. frank booth says: Oct 14, 2016 12:59 AM

    Players have off-years and variances in their stats all of the time.

    At the age of 30, Brett Favre threw 22 TD’s and 23 INT’s and had a rating of 74.7. He followed that up with another year of a rating in the 70’s and then had a rating of over 90 the following year.

    Then, at 36, he led the league in INT’s and had a rating of only 71.

    He would go on to throw 33 TD passes for the Vikings at the age of 40.

    Take a look at Kurt Warner’s stats at age 34 and 35 in his first two years for the Cardinals. They were dismal and even people that know football thought that he was in decline. He put together 3 more good years for the Cardinals, leading them to the Super Bowl.

    Fran Tarkenton, at age 31, threw 11 TD’s and 21 INT’s. He would go on to play in 4 Super Bowls and win the MVP in 1975.

    If you look at it objectively, you’ll see that what’s going on occurs all of the time. It’s possible that Rodgers is declining, but you don’t hear any talk about it in regards to his physical abilities.

    Last year was an off-year (compared to previous years) for Rodgers, while he threw 31 passes and 8 INT’s, had a 93 rating, and helped his team to 10 wins, and won a playoff game. That’s not defending anyone. That’s a successful year for most QB’s.

  32. gofor2with3pointlead says: Oct 14, 2016 2:24 AM

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. For those unfortunate souls who are incapable of grasping that concept, it’s probably already too late.

  33. mojodoa says: Oct 14, 2016 6:10 AM

    Browns on line one son……Joe?…….Joe?

  34. gtodriver says: Oct 14, 2016 8:23 AM

    beerbratscheese says:
    Oct 13, 2016 10:22 PM
    pkrlvr says:
    Oct 13, 2016 9:01 PM
    Love the ignorant Viking fans talking about Rodgers declining. Dude’s on pace for 36 td’s this year and is 7 years younger than Brady.
    ——————

    Amen to that. Tom Brady has a Tom Brady year and he’s Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers has a Tom Brady year and he’s declining. Whatever.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Discounting the 2013 season where Rodgers was injured, here are Rodgers TD averages per game:

    2016 – 2.25 TD’s – .75 INT’s – 56% Completions
    2015 (the start of the decline) – 1.94 TD’s – .5 INT’s – 61% Completions
    2014 – 2.38 TD’s – .31 INT’s – 66% Completions
    2012 – 2.55 TD’s – .5 INT’s – 67% Completions
    2011 – 3 TD’s – .4 INT’s – 68% Completions

    Any honest person can see the steady decline since the 2011 season in completion percentage and TD’s. That INT % after the 2014 season should be troubling.

    FWIW – Brady is on pace for 36 TD’s too, but 0 INT’s and 70% completion this year (projecting after 1 game isn’t much sillier than projecting after 4).

    Last year Brady threw for nearly 1000 more yards, 5 more TD’s, had fewer INT’s, higher completion percentage and a QB rating 10 points higher than Rodgers.

    Rodgers can’t carry Tom Brady’s jock anymore (if he ever could).

  35. silvernblacksabbath says: Oct 14, 2016 9:19 AM

    This kid looked really good in preseason…

  36. frank booth says: Oct 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    gtodriver-

    QB stats vary in all different ways. Very few QB’s show the consistency across the boards that Peyton Manning did.

    Check out Tom Brady’s “decline” for the three seasons from age 34-36.

    Also, you mentioned that Rodgers INT % after the 2014 “should be troubling”. He had the lowest INT% in 2014, tied for the 2nd lowest in 2015.

    In order to make sense out of Rodgers “decline”, what’s significant, what the numbers portend, and how they compare with similar QB’s and career trends, one would need a heck of a lot more information than a few cherry-picked percentages from a biased individual whose goal it is to get a rise out of another fan base.

  37. smedley61 says: Oct 14, 2016 8:10 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 14, 2016 12:44 AM
    One more example of how Packer fans are delusional. You’re all claiming this Div. III rookie is good enough to be a starter in the NFL on the basis of some not horrible performances in preseason games. I guarantee you that no other team will pick him up and he will be signed to the Packers practice squad. Eventually, he’ll go the way of Scott Tolzien and you’ll never hear from him again. Nothing against this guy, but let’s try to be the slightest bit realistic.
    *******************************************************

    Looks like the Saints thought otherwise.

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