National Football League

Bucs sign Testaverde’s son as backup QB

nfl1Quarterback Vincent Testaverde just might follow in his father’s footsteps. The son of former Tampa Bay quarterback Vinny Testaverde was signed Saturday by the Buccaneers.

In the 2019 offseason, the younger Testaverde participated with the Bucs during rookie minicamp and training camp.

The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Testaverde started his college career at Texas Tech, then moved on to his father’s alma mater, Miami, before ending up at Albany, throwing for 1,714 yards and 11 touchdowns while starting eight games and completing 53.4 percent of his passes in 2018 with the Great Danes.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians indicated Friday night that the team would bring in another QB after backup Blaine Gabbert dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder during Tampa Bay’s 13-12 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns (-5.5). Third-stringer Ryan Griffin is the only other backup healthy enough to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Starter Jameis Winston will sit out as a precaution, the team previously announced.

The Bucs drafted the elder Testaverde No. 1 in 1987 after he won the Heisman Trophy with the Miami Hurricanes. He spent the first six seasons (1987-92) of his 21-year career there, also playing for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens (-4.5), New York Jets (-3), Dallas Cowboys (+1.5), New England Patriots (-6) and Carolina Panthers (+3) before retiring at age 44.

The Bucs, who waived outside linebacker Kahzin Daniels, also announced Saturday that safety Justin Evans passed his physical and was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

–Field Level Media

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