Currently Jevan Snead sits at the bottom of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart. Blessed with prototypical size and a live arm. He came under scrutiny during the pre-draft process, for a perceived lack of competitiveness. The scuttle steams from his exiting the University of Texas football program rather then battle Colt McCoy. After transferring to Ole Miss Snead endured peaks and valleys in his two seasons as the starter. But rumors began to mount late last season that he’d have to battle Nathan Stanley and Raymond Cotton in ’10 to maintain his foothold as the Rebels starter.
Snead opted against returning to Ole Miss, instead he declared for the draft. Many scouts had a late round grade on Snead, but he slid further then some expected and went undrafted. One of the first rookie free agents to sign. Snead signed with the Bucs and is now answering questions once again about his desire to compete with the likes of third year pro Josh Johnson and second year pro Rudy Carpenter for a backup spot on the 2010 roster.
That decision led some to questions whether Snead was shying away from the Ole Miss quarterback competition”I’m certainly not scared to compete,” Snead said. “I had no doubt if I had gone back, the job would have been mine, regardless of competing or not. That’s one reason I came out. There is a lot of competition in the NFL, so that should tell you something.”
Bucs coach Raheem Morris recently said he would like to bring four quarterbacks to training camp, but would not commit to that number. If Snead can beat out Carpenter, he has a shot to become Tampa Bay’s backup quarterback in 2010. A spot on the practice squad also is a possibility.
It is not the NFL route many imagined for Snead, but one he is embracing.
“The main thing for me was getting my foot in the door,” Snead said. “I’m excited to be here and I look forward to my future here.”
There’s a reason Snead slid out of the draft. If scouts, general managers and front office personnel are questioning a players competitive nature heading into the evaluation process and give him a late round grade and he still goes undrafted in a quarterback starved league, that should speak volumes to fans.
Snead has the talent to compete for the third roster spot. But does he have the desire and willingness to want to? That is a far better question. But one that wont be decided by words in a paper or on the internet. Only time will tell, if Snead is truly up to the challenge ahead of him as an undrafted rookie trying to stick on an NFL team.