The New Orleans Saints started their rookie minicamp over the weekend, and one former Kansas State star was given an invite. After four years with the Wildcats, quarterback Jesse Ertz was given a tryout in his attempt to crack the NFL.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) May 12, 2018
It might be a long shot for Ertz to make the roster. The Saints have two other quarterbacks in minicamp — Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Chattanooga’s Alejandro Bennifield — and Ertz is one of more than 50 noncontract players vying for a spot.
The Saints already have three veteran quarterbacks on the roster: long-time star Drew Brees, former Texans starter Tom Savage and second-year player Taysom Hill. Barrett is also under contract, unlike Ertz. However, the Saints are still giving Ertz an opportunity that he will look to exploit over the weekend.
After backing up first Jake Waters and then Joe Hubener during his first two years at Kansas State, Ertz broke through as Bill Snyder’s starting quarterback in 2016. Ertz led the Wildcats to a 9-4 record, rushing for more than 1,000 yards with 12 touchdowns while adding more than 1,700 yards and 9 touchdowns through the air.
Ertz was expected to take the next step in 2017, but sustained a season-ending knee injury during the fifth game of the season. Ertz finished the season with 930 passing yards, 336 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns.