Son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback signs with team


In need of another camp arm, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn to the son of their former first overall pick from 1987 in Vinny Testaverde Jr.

Right now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are rolling with just three quarterbacks in Jameis Winston, Blaine Gabbert, and Ryan Griffin. As their arms are on pace to fall off with the amount of passes they are throwing, and with the injury to undrafted rookie quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, the Buccaneers have signed another camp arm.

This camp arm becomes a second generation Buccaneers’ quarterback as the player signed is Vinny Testaverde Jr., the son of former first overall pick of the team, as the name becomes quite apparent in Vinny Testaverde. While, Testaverde Jr. has little to no chance of making the team and will more than likely be cut when Fitzgerald gets healthy, he will now get an NFL shot.

Testaverde Jr. bounced around college programs such as the University of Miami before landing with FCS school Albany. Last season, Testaverde Jr threw for just 1,714 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions; additionally he completed just over 53 percent of his passes.

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He is not even close to the talent of his father, who put together a 21 year professional career, including two Pro Bowls. He never lived up to the hype of a first overall pick that the Buccaneers made him, but he did go one to have a productive career.

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This signing will be a relief to Winston, Griffin, and Gabbert as they will now get a bit more breaks between their throws with the addition of another camp arm. While Testaverde has less than a one percent chance of making the team, he could potentially battle into a practice squad spot, but even that is a long shot.