Ricky Stanzi is taking part in OTAs for the Kansas City Chiefs and is making an impression on some of the media that are in attendance.
Mitch Holthus, “Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs”, sent out a tweet yesterday about how Ricky Stanzi performed in a 2-minute drill.
Stanzi is entering his second season with the Chiefs and is battling with Brady Quinn for the backup quarterback role. Stanzi was drafted in the fifth round of 2011 NFL Draft but did not see any action last season despite an injury to Matt Cassel. Some speculated that former Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley didn’t play Ricky Stanzi in 2011 because of his feud with GM Scott Pioli.
Ricky Stanzi enters the 2012 season with a fresh start and with a new coach that should help him continue to develop as a NFL quarterback. The backup role will not be given to him and he is going to have to earn it. As of right now, he and Quinn are alternating the second and third team roles.
As a Hawkeye fan who watched Ricky Stanzi become one of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten, I am not surprised that he is performing well so far in his second season. By the end of training camp, I believe that he will beat Brady Quinn for that second-string quarterback spot.
* – Ricky Stanzi photo credit: via Bleacher Report