Bucs add QB Jordan Rodgers to practice squad
TAMPA -- The Bucs still have a spot on the 53-man roster after releasing Josh Freeman, but the team added former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers to the practice squad Monday.
"He fits in our building," coach Greg Schiano said. "He's a ball guy, he loves it. A grinder, likes to study, likes to be around football, likes to be around the locker room, and we're looking for as many of those guys as we can put in this building."
Rodgers, the younger brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, went undrafted in April and signed with the Jaguars before being cut before the start of preseason camp. The 25-year-old threw for 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in two seasons as Vanderbilt's starter, with 4,063 career yards.
"Good bloodlines, No. 1, right?" Schiano joked. "His brother has done some things in this league. But he's his own man. Since college, (GM) Mark (Dominik) and I have both had our eye on him. There's something about him. He's a competitor. He's not the biggest guy, he's just a fiery guy who's a baller."
Rodgers, who has fully recovered from surgery for a groin injury he suffered in rookie minicamp with the Jaguars, actually was a roommate of Bucs rookie Mike Glennon when the two worked out together in California before the draft, so there's a familiar face in the room.
"I'm good friends with Mike. We were just talking -- you wouldn't think when we were training together we'd end up on the same team," Rodgers said. "But it's a great situation. I love Mike. I'm behind him the whole way. He'll be helping me and I hope I'll be able to help him on gamedays."