The small-school quarterback who could, Joe Callahan, lives with his parents.
Of course he does!
It just makes too much sense.
By now, you should know the Callahan story. The Green Bay Packers signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Division III Wesley College in 2016. A guy with seemingly no chance to make the roster, Callahan did just that after impressing with the Packers’ No. 1 offense during the preseason. That was a role he was thrust into because Aaron Rodgers is too important to play in the preseason and backup Brett Hundley was injured. Callahan made the most of it, throwing for 499 yards, three touchdowns and completing 61.4 percent of his passes.
The Packers cut Callahan on October 13 after injuries began to mount. The expectation was he’d be re-signed to the practice squad, but the Saints claimed him on waivers. New Orleans released him on October 22 and Callahan was claimed by the Browns. Cleveland released him on November 29. On December 2, Callahan was finally on the Packers’ practice squad. He was added to the active roster on December 17.
Now Callahan will again have to compete for a roster spot. In addition to Rodgers and Hundley, the Packers have former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill on the roster.
The good news is, Callahan has a good shot to make the team if he performs well. The Packers will be looking to trade Hundley sometime in the next year, before they lose him as a free agent.
Mike McCarthy and company will be looking for their next No. 2 quarterback and he may already be on the roster.
Naturally, Callahan would just like some stability.
“I was living out of hotels for a year. I was living out of suitcases,” he said. “It’s definitely tough, and it makes you realize how much more you want to work and stay on one team with some job stability.”
It would be a hell of story if he found that in Green Bay.
Then maybe he can stop spending the offseason living with his parents.