May 07, 02012
The odds are still mighty long. But Jordan Jefferson has a shot.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed the former LSU quarterback to a contract on Sunday after he impressed during the weekend rookie minicamp. It’s the first step for Jefferson.
“He's an athletic guy who has a strong arm,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said, according to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “We wanted to gauge his development as a quarterback. I thought he made consistent improvement all weekend. There's a lot of upside there, so I think we would like to have a chance to work with him.”
How long are the odds? Well, for starters Jefferson is the second undrafted quarterback to get a contract. Immediately after the draft, the team signed Zach Collaros of Cincinnati. Chances are just one of them will go to training camp where it’s hard for the fourth quarterback to find reps. Ahead of them will be starter Josh Freeman, backup Dan Orlovsky and journeyman Brett Ratliff. If one of them can unseat Ratliff, they have a chance to stick.
“I played at LSU for a large (number) of games,” Jefferson said. “I had a very strong winning percentage there. At the same time, I'm not where I want to be. But I'm a competitor, and I can be the pro style quarterback that Tampa Bay wants me to be.”
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