When the Kansas City Chiefs did the expected and cut ties with QB Ricky Stanzi this week, I don’t know anyone outside of the hardcore “Stanzi Nation” that thought he would be claimed on waivers.
Stanzi (and his “Nation”) will relocate to Jacksonville were he will join a crowded quarterback room. The Jaguars picked up the former Chiefs QB along with linebacker Kyle Knox from the Seattle Seahawks.
While most teams are using these first round of cuts to get down to three, or even two, quarterbacks, the Jaguars now have five signal callers. Stanzi will join Chad Henne, Matt Scott and Mike Kafka in the fight to backup Blaine Gabbert.
Stanzi is another wasted Scott Pioli draft pick, a fifth rounder in 2011 that never appeared in a regular season game for the Chiefs. He did play in seven preseason games, but never showed enough to earn snaps in the regular season despite Kansas City dealing with non-stop trouble under center.
Even if the Jaguars don’t end up keeping Stanzi beyond this weekend’s final cuts down to 53, some have suggested he will be able to provide insight into what Jacksonville will be facing when the teams meet in Week 1.
That’s a scenario that could make the opening of the 2013 season the most impact Stanzi has had in an NFL game in his short career.