Monday, October 7, 2013
Buccaneers add QB with a 'name'
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a quarterback with a famous last name Monday, signing Jordan Rodgers to their practice squad.
Rodgers is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Jordan Rodgers spent part of the preseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being released.
Rodgers worked out for the Bucs in early September and left a good impression. After releasing Josh Freeman, the Bucs appear to be content to carry just two quarterbacks (Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky) on the 53-man roster.
“Good bloodlines, No. 1,’’ coach Greg Schiano said when asked about the signing of Rodgers. “His brother has done some things in this league. But he’s his own man. Since college, (general manager) Mark (Dominik) and I both have had our eye on him. There’s something about him. He’s a competitor. He’s not the biggest guy. He’s a fiery guy, who’s a baller. When we had him out at the workout, we weren’t ready to do anything, but he caught our eye. He fits in our building. He’s a ball guy, he loves it, he’s a grinder, likes to study, likes to be around football, likes to be around the locker room. As many of those guys as we can put in this building, the better we’ll be.’’
Rodgers, who played at Vanderbilt, already has ties to Glennon. The two were roommates during their pre-combine training in the Los Angeles area last winter.