The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had an eventful and successful NFL Draft, as well as a draft free agent period that was filled with some fruitful signings of young, underrated rookies. Among those drafted were West Virginia linebacker Najee Goode and WVU cornerback Keith Tandy.
Following the Mountaineers theme, the Bucs have given West Virginia long snapper Cody Nutter a tryout. The senior will report to rookie camp on Thursday and is looking to impress coach Greg Schiano and the rest of the coaching staff. Schiano is familiar with Nutter and the other WVU players, as he coached those Big East foes while at Rutgers.
Nutter is viewed as a quality long snapper and someone who was a sure-fire signing after the draft, and he spent three seasons as a starter for West Virginia. A great long snapper, Nutter was also a depth tight end as a redshirt freshman and is known as a great teammate.
“I am leaving here on Thursday, flying out of Pittsburgh and will take part in Tampa Bay’s rookie mini-camp until Sunday,” Nutter said. “Basically, the competition will be between me and one other guy for the long snapping job. The winner will get to sign his contract.”
We’ll see how the battle ends up for the two-time Big East Academic All-Star, who actually majored in physical education teaching (I thought that was a bit interesting). Nutter has the ability to get the job and the roster spot, and it’s time to see if he can perform well enough on Thursday to obtain it.
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