Believe it or not, the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t claim former Chiefs backup quarterback Ricky Stanzi just to pump him for inside information.
At least that’s the story Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told on Wednesday.
“To be honest with you, our general manager, Dave Caldwell, really liked him coming out of college,” Bradley said. “I can remember when Ricky came out, I was at the combine talking to (super scout) Gil Brandt, and he said, ‘Gus, that’s my sleeper quarterback of the draft.’”
The Chiefs selected Stanzi in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Iowa but released him in the cutdown to 75 players. He never took a regular-season snap for the Chiefs.
“When Dave Caldwell brought his attention to me,” said Bradley, “he said, he liked him, what he offered in college … we have a scout (Kyle O’Brien) who was on Kansas City’s staff last year, who is with us now, and he talked highly of him. He only had about 15 reps in preseason, but it’s based on his body of work in college that we were intrigued by him.”
Asked if Stanzi’s familiarity with the Chiefs offense played any role in Jacksonville’s decision to claim him, Caldwell could not tell a lie.
“To be honest with you, I’m not going to say our coaches haven’t talked to Ricky,” said Bradley, who was Seattle’s defensive coordinator last season. “I’ve been a part of that before. We had Matt Flynn on our team last year before we played Green Bay. It’s just different. It’s different when you talk to a quarterback … we try not to get too caught up in that … just some general ideas, to see if it matches the film that we’re seeing.”
So maybe Stanzi should rent in Jacksonville and not buy.