Bucs Work Out QBs Jones, Peterman

The Buccaneers have three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, but none of their passers’ statuses with the team are guaranteed beyond this season.

Tampa Bay worked out Landry Jones and Nathan Peterman on Tuesday, Sirius XM Radio’s Adam Caplan tweets. Wide receivers Devin Smith and Bradley Marquez were also among the players who took part in Tuesday’s tryout.

The first day teams can sign players to reserve/futures contracts is New Year’s Eve, so teams will be looking for possible adds. While Jones would not profile as a developmental project, having been a backup for several years, Peterman would.

Despite his struggles when called upon in a two-year career, Peterman has now worked out for three teams. Prior to his Bucs audition, the Lions and Broncos brought him in. Other teams may have their eye on Peterman for a futures deal, with The Athletic’s Greg Auman noting (via Twitter) the former fifth-round pick has other workouts scheduled.

Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup for a few seasons, Jones saw the Steelers go with Joshua Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph this year. Jones landed with the Jaguars, but the stay was brief. He also worked out for the Redskins, Bills, 49ers, Patriots and Cowboys this year.

Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s contract expires at season’s end, and the Bucs can part ways with Jameis Winston free of charge as long as he passes the fifth-year option physical. It’s not certain Tampa Bay will jettison Winston, but the expected new coaching staff may not be too keen on the embattled and often erratic passer being around on a $20MM salary. Third-stringer Ryan Griffin is also a free agent at season’s end.

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    • leefieux

      Have they ever had a franchise or near franchise QB? It’s been over 40 years.

      • Sick of Losing

        Honestly I think the closest you can say is Dilfer. Does Doug Williams count?

        • Steven Juris

          40 years without any QB getting a 2nd contract. Almost makes the Bears history look good.

        • cka2nd

          I’d say yes. He had three winning seasons out of five as their starting QB. The D was excellent for two of those seasons, but the running game for only one of them.

    • Sick of Losing

      I want to see the Giants land Winston but it appears we are going to retain the immobile legend Eli Manning…

  1. dust44

    Winston could move within the same state. Miami and Jacksonville both need a Vet QB with there roster makeups. Miami could get away with a young guy and a stopgap Vet. But both r a QB away from being playoff teams.

    • Amazing Nathan Peterman just keeps getting opportunities. Who is pulling the strings for this guy? He’s slow as molasses and has been throwing more than his share of interceptions since high school. His college numbers are far from astonishing (befitting his fifth round selection).

      Based on height and weight, like Brock Osweiler maybe Peterman looks like a quarterback. But the NFL is not a fashion show or a Hollywood film. The guy can’t play ball and shouldn’t be on anyone’s workout list.

      And yes Kaepernick is a league better than the rest of the free agent stiffs.

      • Kenleyfornia74

        No he is not. Kap is a mediocre passer. He is just as awful as the other free agent QBs. If you put Kap in for Peterman during the games he did play its still an L.

        • Yes, of course. A quarterback who led his team to a Super Bowl in 2012 where they scored 31 points on offense is the equivalent of Nathan Peterman.

          A quarterback with a career passer rating of 88.9 is the equivalent of Nathan Peterman.

          A quarterback with 2300 rushing yards at 6.1 yards per carry is the equivalent of Nathan Peterman.

          A quarterback with a career TD/interception ratio of 72/30 is the equivalent of Nathan Peterman. Who in his last active season had a TD/interception ratio of 16/4.


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