Dan Persa To Work Out For Bucs

April 28th, 2012

Bucs newly drafted tight Drake Dunsmore may have an advantage when he reports to Bucs rookie minicamp, tentatively scheduled for next weekend.

That’s because his stud college quarterback, Dan Persa, will be joining him.

Though the Bucs have not signed Persa (yet), he told the Chicago Tribune that he plans to work out for the Bucs next weekend and hopes to impress Greg Schiano enough to warrant a free agent contract, reports Teddy Greenstein.

@TeddyGreenstein: Dan Persa tells me he will head down to Tampa Bay next weekend. He is unsigned but hopes that will change after his workout.

Personally, Joe is geeked about this. Persa was one of Joe’s favorite quarterbacks to watch. Sort of a modern day Doug Flutie, Persa was dangerous both with his feet and his arm.

The old cliche about how scouts can’t measure heart perfectly describes Persa. It’s a shame that Persa went down with an Achilles injury at the end of the 2010 season as he rallied Northwestern to a major upset over Iowa in the snow at Evanston.

Persa never seemed to recover from that injury last year and was hobbled all through the 2011 campaign.

If Persa has (finally) recovered from his Achilles injury, Joe’s confident he could make a run at making the Bucs final roster as a No. 3 quarterback.

18 Responses to “Dan Persa To Work Out For Bucs”

  1. legacy Says:

    Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State Eric Page, WR, Toledo Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern are also signed

  2. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Coach Schiano is not playing, and many previous players will not be in Tampa when the season opens.

  3. Brandon Says:

    OG Desmond Wynn
    S Tremaine Thomas
    QB Zach Collaros
    WR Luther Ambrose
    WR Eric Page,
    OL Chaz Hine
    OL Mike VanderMuelen
    QB Dan Persa (tryout)
    S Shawn Baker

  4. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I think now they are throwing pasta against a wall to see what sticks.

  5. BonesMahoney Says:

    3rd QB job is wide open at this point. I wouldn’t rule Persa out at all if we do sign him.

  6. Brandon Says:

    No, every team pcks up 10-15 UDFAs, this year will be different. Rosters have been expanded from 80-90 so there will be even more UDFAs on rosters than ever. They use the numbers to give starters rest in camp and to be able evaluate more players. We’ve had tons of UDFAs that have made impacts for the team and you never know which one will stick.

  7. Joe Says:


    Where did you get that list?

  8. Brandon Says:

    Who is legacy? Do you mean me? I’ve twittered a few myself, [Brandon, that’s not an accredited site. Joe would rather not pass on info from a site he doesn’t trust. Thanks. — Joe]

  9. funkymunkey Says:

    Sign Persa TONIGHT!! Don’t wait til next week. He would be a great backup to Josh and could maybe be a decent starter if needed!! I loved him in college. He puts up huge numbers!!!

  10. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    LMFFAO…Burfict to Cincinnati

  11. Drew Says:

    Looks like Chase Minnifield is going to go be Raheem’s dawg!

  12. Brandon Says:

    WR Tyler SHoemaker is a good size speed prospect, he signed from Boise St along with DE Morkeith Brown.

  13. Brandon Says:

    OT Yoshi Hardrick

  14. stanglassman Says:

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
    Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
    Eric Page, WR, Toledo
    Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati
    Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern (WORKOUT)
    Sean Baker, SAF, Ball State
    Morkeith Brown, DE, Temple
    Tyler Shoemaker, WR, Boise State
    Chaz Hinz-OG USF

  15. BucFan20 Says:

    And if Rahs’ boy Freeman pulls the same crap he did last year he could be the next number 1.

  16. Lion Says:


    There is no need for that crap around here, seriously.

  17. BucFan20 Says:

    Truth hurts Lion? Freeman gets it done this year or he will be done. Bank on it.

  18. Mike Says:

    Persa is not even close to the player he once was, nor will he be. His lateral movement has beed limited greatly since his injury–he will need this to outrun those huge linemen who are lookin to bring him down. And his 5’ll 200lb frame wont be able to take it either.