Former Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he quickly signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, he’s trying to make the team any way he can, which involves special teams and pass-catching duties.
Recently, Fitzgerald and Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians spoke to reporters and detailed what the plans are for Fitzgerald this summer (via Buccaneers.com):
“Nick’s one of those intriguing guys, because as a quarterback he can do a lot of things for you,” said Arians. “And I think back to Joe Webb, some of those guys who were running quarterbacks they found a niche playing special teams, being your third quarterback, maybe playing some other position as a guy to get you out of games. So, that would be his role – if he can win it – and [we’ll] groom him as a quarterback.”
“Going through the whole process since I left college, everybody always said, ‘Hey, you can play multiple positions,’ and I’m completely fine with that,” said a game Fitzgerald. “I’d love to get on special teams, have a chance to do that, maybe go run some routes, do something. I’m always open to do whatever I can. Make the team first and then obviously help the team while I’m on it. Whatever they ask, I’m willing to do.”
Making the roster as an undrafted free agent won’t be easy, but Fitzgerald has the talent to do it. Now, we’ll just have to see how he performs this summer behind starting QB Jameis Winston and backup Blaine Gabbert.