Pederson impressive in minicamp

Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman was as straight as a ruler with Doug Pederson when the two parted ways after the season ended last January.<p>

Pederson improves arm strength Backup QB impressive in minicamp "I told him, ‘Doug, nothing is for sure around here. I love you to death, but if I can find someone better than you I will,' Sherman said. "Those are just the cold, hard facts.' Maybe he took that to heart. Really worked hard and came in stronger than I remember seeing him and more confident."

Sherman singled out Pederson as one of the players who caught his eye with an impressive performance during last week's post-draft minicamp. Pederson, 34, is one of five quarterbacks on the roster and is competing against fifth-round pick Craig Nall, and free agents Josh Heupel and Dave Meyer for a chance to back up Brett Favre.

Pederson, entering his 10th season, re-signed with the Packers prior to last season. He entered a two games a quarterback last year basically to run out the clock and did not throw a pass. Last year, Pederson beat out Billy Joe Tolliver in training camp for the backup spot. Unless Nall is impressive in training camp, Pederson again will back up Favre.

"I thought he did an outstanding job in the minicamp throwing the ball very strong," Sherman said. "He's in great shape, he ran well and made great decisions."

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