"Craig is excited … very excited … about getting the chance to show that he can play," Reggie McKenzie, the Packers' director of pro personnel told packers.com. "He said he had been hoping that we might have talked to him about going to the NFLEL when we started working on those assignments towards the end of the season."
Nall, a fifth-round draft selection out of Northwestern (La.) State in the 2002 draft, was the Packers' No. 3 quarterback last year. He was inactive for all 16 regular-season games as well as the team's playoff game against Atlanta.
Nall finished the '02 preseason on a high note after a sluggish first two games. He ended the exhibition season with an 80.8 passer rating (20 completions in 45 attempts for 290 yards and 2 touchdowns – without an interception). But he rarely received any reps in practice during the regular season behind Brett Favre and Doug Pederson.
Nall will compete against New England's Shane Stafford and two other players who are not on NFL rosters for the right to start for the Claymores. They include James Brown, formerly of the University of Texas, and David Priestly, formerly of the University of Pittsburgh.
Nall, 23, is the 14th member of the Packers' roster to be assigned to NFLE for its 2003 season. He joins guard Bill Ferrrario (Berlin); kick returners Martin Dossett (Barcelona), Kenyatta Morgan (Scotland) and Shawn Mills (Rhein); wide receivers Brian Haugabrook (Frankfurt) and Travis Williams (Amsterdam); safety Bobby Jackson (Scotland); linebackers Isaac Keys (Scotland), Jermaine Petty (Scotland) and Everick Rawls (Amsterdam); quarterback Zak Kustok (Berlin); safety Jeremy Unertl (Frankfurt); and punter Tim Morgan (currently unassigned).