But Stackhouse (and his agent) knew his best chance of making a team was to go to one without a starting fullback on the roster.
So Stackhouse ended up in the Giants rookie mini-camp this weekend and he will likely get the starting job at fullback. His competition is Aaron Kernek, who was on the Giants' practice squad, and second-year HB Adam Wright. Backup FB Anthony Green was waived Friday and last year's free agent starter Greg Comella signed with the Titans during the off-season.
Stackhouse was known as a tenacious blocker at Mississippi and has good technique. He is quick but lacks pure speed. Although he is known for his blocking, he has good hands and can catch the ball coming out of the backfield.
Information from ESPN's Profile:
Notes: Lettered in football, basketball and track in high school. Played in every game and started twice (including the bowl game) as an 18-year-old freshman in '98. Played in seven games and started four times in '99, when he also missed four games after hurting his knee and having it scoped. Ten-game starter in both 2000 and '01. Started one game (Game Four vs. Arkansas State) at tailback in '01. Had five carries for 15 yards and one touchdown as a freshman. Had 8-22-0 and his first three catches for 74 yards in '99. Rushed 37-182-0 and caught 11-88-1 in 2000. Rushed 75-330-5 and caught 21-172-2 in '01.
Positives: Adequate size for a fullback. Quicker than fast and plays faster than his time. Has long arms and large hands and catches the ball well. Can catch balls away from the frame of his body and when running downfield. Runs hard and has a little skill in terms of pick and vision. Gives effort as a blocker. Has improved every year.
Negatives: Lacks pure speed. Upright runner who looks a little stiff and loses power because he is too upright and does not have his pads low enough. Also gets too upright when he is blocking. Looks like a straight-line athlete both as a runner and blocker.
Summary: Can make a team if he does a good job on special teams because he has enough skills to contribute as a fullback and perhaps even as a one-back. Could become a starting fullback if he can improve his flexibility so he can get his pads down and play with better leverage.
MINI-CAMP NOTES: OT Jeff Hatch signed the injury-waiver letter and returned to practice yesterday. Hatch sat out the first day of rookie mini-camp after he refused to sign a waiver. Jim Fassel was not happy over the situation, and let Hatch know his feelings.
TE Jeremy Shockey looked like a first-round talent and caught every ball thrown his way during the morning practice yesterday.