With Brodie Croyle injured, the Chiefs were in need of a new Quarterback and found it when they signed former Pitt QB Bill Stull, the team announced today.
Stull signed a contract with the club on Tuesday morning, just a day after the Chiefs had only two active quarterbacks participating in practice. Matt Cassel took all first-team reps yesterday, while Tyler Palko handled both the second and third-team duties. Brodie Croyle was outdoors, but did not practice.
Stull (6-3, 215) played in 32 games (26 starts) at the University of Pittsburgh, completing 418 of 681 passes for 5,252 yards with 32 TDs and 18 INTs, good for a 136.38 passer rating. He started all 13 games as a senior, connecting on 209 of 321 throws for 2,633 yards with 21 TDs and eight INTs. Stull prepped at Seton-LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
To make room for Stull on the 80-man training camp roster, the Chiefs waived rookie DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald.
The injury to Croyle could force the Chiefs to carry three quarterbacks to start the season, which will obviously mean tightening things up somewhere else on the fringe of the roster. When (if?) Croyle is healthy, for the sake of roster flexibility both Pittsburgh QBs, Stull and Palko, are likely to be let go.
I’m bummed to see Fitzgerald get the boot. He could possibly be the most athletic lineman on the Chiefs roster, but unfortunately he just never turned enough heads going all the way back to the first rookie mini-camp. The potential is there for Fitzgerald to be a player in this league and though being cut this early makes it unlikely, he would be a perfect project for the practice squad.