The Bucs were busy making moves to their practice squad roster as they have released rookie quarterback Nick Fitzgerald on Tuesday, according to a report from Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Fitzgerald signed on with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State after the 2019 NFL Draft. Because of his versatility, the Bucs had hoped to use Fitzgerald in a hybrid role on special teams and offensive packages similar to what the Saints have with Taysom Hill. But Fitzgerald suffered a hamstring injury before training camp and did not participate at all.
Despite missing all of training camp and each preseason game, Fitzgerald was still signed to the practice squad once he got healthy at the beginning of the regular season.
To replace Fitzgerald’s spot on the roster, the Bucs have signed former Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff to the practice squad. Kanoff signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and was on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in 2019 before getting released in September.
Bucs have a new practice squad quarterback in Princeton grad Chad Kanoff. Was with Cardinals last year, Lions briefly last month. Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Auman has also reported that the Bucs are making a change at running back to their practice squad. Tampa Bay has released Tony Brooks-James and signed Darius Jackson, who played his college football at Eastern Michigan.
Jackson was drafted in the sixth-round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL draft. He has had three separate stints with the Cowboys along with stops on the Browns, Packers and Colts. Jackson has played in eight career games, having six carries for 16 yards.