Nesbitt signed to Bills practice squad

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad Sunday. He was one of a few former Yellow Jackets who found practice squad homes Sunday.

The others were cornerback Mario Butler (Dallas Cowboys), wide receiver Kevin Cone (Falcons) and guard Andrew Gardner (Houston Texans).

Nesbitt was signed in late July as a rookie free agent by the Bills, coached by former Tech coach Chan Gailey, and converted from quarterback to safety mid-camp.

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KL GT Alumn

September 5th, 2011
12:20 am

WOW..really first…

Jacket Backer

September 5th, 2011
12:23 am

Good for Josh…..He deserves a shot……

jack ey

September 5th, 2011
12:49 am

from what I saw of those yahoos quarterbacking for Buffalo, Nesbitt will get his shot before its all said and done

pcb mike

September 5th, 2011
1:38 am

Good luck to all the Jackets in the NFL.

michael

September 5th, 2011
4:45 am

he’ll make

Allan Iversion

September 5th, 2011
7:14 am

Practice? Did you say practice?

dry dirt road

September 5th, 2011
9:31 am

Hi, Tech grad of ‘73 here. I don’t forsee Nesbitt as bench warmer for a former Tech coach’s team, unless the Radikovich principle is applied, whereby Tech players are passed over for other players such as Mark Price and Noodles were by Radikovich. Now Radikovich even disregards Tech’s second highest offensive production in school history by deciding to change the jerseys. Those jerseys possibly could even be retired after such an offensive production of over 800 yards. Radikovich is annoying, and four eyes cry baby Crysta Ryan also is, as well as the IsyE student who tried to change the art found in the jerseys worn against WC. Tech wore light gold numbers during O’Leary’s years and no one complained. Tech was pretty good then, with Goose Godsey as QB. Evidently it’s easy to get Radikovich to change a plan put into place by the Athletic Administration even before it’s controlled by a linear programming model.

Hey, dry dirt road.......

September 5th, 2011
9:35 am

…say what?????

Freddy Blassie

September 5th, 2011
9:50 am

Hey dried brain,

The new numbers were not visible from the stands you pencil neck geek! They were only visible on TV and the big screen at the field.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
9:57 am

I’ve always wondered if Godsey would have had the same career he had if the game vs Virginia Tech, his first start, had taken place.
Instead of building confidence as that team did, going 10-2, we might have started out with a confidence-deflated loss like Georgia just did.
Maybe he was not going to start but you get the idea after what happens to Uga.
The game was not played at all due to a monstrous storm.
I’ve always maintained I ordered that storm.
That’s nuts I know but if we allow dry dirt road’s nuttiness then maybe we should get my occasional off the wall thought as well.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
10:13 am

BTW, it’s too early to be sure but the new basketball hire appears to be a good one.
He has chosen his assistants well and gotten some commitments from very good local players.
I love Mark Price as much as anyone but after being so successful as a pro, he was not really preparing himself for a head coaching job.
Once you hire the past star, it becomes very difficult to fire him if he fails as most do.
Curry’s first four years here would have gotten anyone else fired.
He lost to Duke (seriously Duke) four straight games.
How do u manage that?
NC State hired past hero Sidney Lowe.
I suspect their unhappy fans might have made our Hewitt-haters seem like diplomats.
The past hero usually gets hired before he has paid his dues in coaching and therefore is unprepared to succeed.
Goff, Curry and Shula.
Name three ex-players who were mediocrities at best coaching their alma matre’s.

Freddy Blassie

September 5th, 2011
10:32 am

Lest we forget, Curry is a QUITTER. He quit on Tech and went to Alabama in order to “Get to a higher level”. Enter Bobby Ross and the results….National Champions!

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
10:47 am

Where are the Georgia trolls today?
I’m of the opinion these days that most coaches are overpaid.
I might have to take that back after watching Boise State dismantle Georgia on the road.
Which team signed the 2 and 3 stars and which one the 4 and 5 stars?

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
10:48 am

Agreed, Freddie.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
10:49 am

Freddy. sorry.

juvenal

September 5th, 2011
10:58 am

2011, the daaug blawgs are brutal, they are peeing in their own yard today……….the nation got a good view of their great fans leaving in the 3rd qtr….funny all the au fans who had to stop and watch the comeback from the walk-ways,2tds is not insurmountable, any kind of score and an onside kick & you are OT……

Jlight

September 5th, 2011
11:01 am

Kevin Cone was also signed to the Falcons’ practice squad.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:03 am

Nick Saban – started season with Alma Matre.
Paul Johnson – started season with Alma Matre.
Mark Richt – started season with prayer forgetting God has better things to do than look after football teams.
His own fans think he is in the wrong profession.

RambleOn84

September 5th, 2011
11:04 am

Good for Josh and the others…practice squad is better than nothing.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2011
11:04 am

I’m sure the jerseys worn on the O’Leary teams had numerals that could be read from the stands. I couldn’t read a single number the other night till they replayed it on the jumbo-tron. And I can’t believe some goon is still whining about Price and Neal. I love them both, but neither have head-coaching experience—not in the ACC; not anywhere. Gregory might fall flat on his face, but he has experience as a head coach. I love the way he has hit the ground running though; I think the future looks pretty good. We will know in about 6 months. But for now it’s football season with what looks to be the makings of a balanced attack. Just shore up the secondary and get a special teams game, and we will be on a roll.

RambleOn84

September 5th, 2011
11:05 am

Let’s try to just forget about the dogs while their fans are too busy crying to come over here and be obnoxious.

As Depeche Mode said, “Enjoy the Silence.”

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:05 am

@juvenal.
You’re right.
I kept trying to post something mean but their own fans beat me to it again and again.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2011
11:06 am

2011, I hate being picky with a fellow Tech fan, but it’s alma MATER, not MATRE. Just FYI

RambleOn84

September 5th, 2011
11:06 am

I actually really liked the jerseys, but I must admit they were hard to read. Only once it became dark could I see the numbers. With plenty of day games this year, that just won’t work.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2011
11:06 am

right, RambleOn, maybe for once we can actually discuss Tech football for a few days.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2011
11:07 am

I’m probably alone in this opinion, but I liked the uniforms we wore CPJ’s first year, mustard yellow and all. I thought they looked great.

RambleOn84

September 5th, 2011
11:11 am

I posted this on the gojackets website the other day, and just wanted to share my thoughts with the other Tech fans here while we have some peace:

First of all, I loved nearly every minute of the game last night. The crowd’s energy was electric, as I could tell we were all ready for football. I like to discuss the bad first, then end with the positive. Here goes:

The Bad:
-There is one mental mistake in football that, from a coach’s perspective, is dumber than ANY other: trying to field a punt that is already on the ground. Now I don’t care if it’s Devin Hester and he ends up returning it for a touchdown. Any coach worth his salt will still chew his ear off when he comes back to the sidelines. We did it twice last night. Euclid Cummings made maybe the most questionable example of this I’ve ever seen. I have absolutely no idea what he was thinking…he won’t make that mistake again, or he just won’t be on the field for punt return. Then Laskey did the same thing later (though far less egregious, it was still dumb) and nearly lost it again. But Laskey did make up for it (more on that later).
-The secondary is going to get carved up against good passing teams (but more on this later).
-Perkins drops his first mesh.
-I counted three fumbles on the center-QB exchange. IIRC Washington had one and Synjyn had two. I know Syynjyn is the backup, but he’s got to fix this. And it is inexcusable for Washington. I realize the center could have been at fault in these instances, too. Regardless, this MUST be fixed.
-Snap/hold/kick/blocking on the blocked kick…not to denigrate our opponent, but if WCU can block our kick VT will block at least 4. Gotta get crisp on that. It was totally bush league for WCU’s coach to call back-to-back timeouts beforehand, I must say.
-Tevin MUST put a little more zip on his throws.

Okay, now the good stuff:
-Laskey, outside of the one dumb muffed punt, looked like a natural catching and returning punts. That one punt he returned late in the game (can’t remember if it was third or fourth quarter) was, for lack of a better word, AWESOME.
-Orwin Smith looks good running and catching.
-Sims, Lyons, and Perkins ALL look good at the B-back.
-Tevin looks good passing the ball with accuracy. As mentioned before, he needs to fire it in there a little more sometimes, but as long as you’re throwing a catchable ball I think we’ll do okay. He also made good reads for the most part in the running game, though that was a bad toss to Zenon.
-Synjyn looks very good running the ball and pretty good passing. Not calling for him to start, but it’s good to know he can play well if Tevin goes down. Just gotta work on that exchange.
-The front seven looks VERY tough. I know we were playing a lesser opponent, but these guys were playing with a different level of intensity and quickness than I ever saw last year, including in the opener against a lesser opponent. As we all knew, Burnett is rock solid and Attaochu is gonna be a stud. Walls played very well…honestly didn’t watch Barnes when he was in, unfortunately.
-The secondary is gonna punish receivers coming across the middle. All the guys laid some big hits. Even when Jemea got flagged, I thought it was worth it. You gotta put some fear in the receivers. Though we gave up some yards, guys were tackled almost immediately. I can live with that, provided we get better at coverage as the year goes on. We will have to.

Though there are more negatives and positives (I could be here all day), I’m going to discuss one final player:
Stephen Hill. As much as he was criticized last year (me being chief among them) for dropping passes, he looked GREAT tonight. I can’t brag on him enough. We all knew he was athletically ready, but last night he played like a different guy. He caught the ball, broke tackles, and even blocked WAY downfield. If he keeps up this play, he will be every bit as good as Demaryius Thomas. I like to see guys who have tough years come back strong…especially when he’s a Jacket.

In conclusion, we looked pretty darn good. Yes, we have issues. If you thought we wouldn’t at this point in the season, you were kidding yourself. The good thing about youth and inexperience is that they are temporary (except in the case of Reggie Ball).

GO JACKETS!

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:17 am

Two years of Tech English (worse subject) did not save me from numerous mistakes.
Thanks for the correction.
Actually I’ve improved quite a bit since then.
Occasionally I do not proof read enough as on my 1st post today.

juvenal

September 5th, 2011
11:17 am

the uga fans ARE better than auburn fans at one thing-i have never seen dauug fans predict a loss with their feet when they weren’t correct…..gotta be hard for a team to fight back when all you see of your fans are their retreating heinies….can’t wait to ask all my dawg buddies when they left to drown the dissappointment of another average season….as much as i hate it, if beating us saves cmr’s job,maybe it’s worth it………gold pants, white jerseys, lsu gets to do it……..

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2011
11:18 am

RambleOn, I couldn’t agree with you more….on every point. I guess I am most worried about the kicking game and the secondary. WC didn’t have the passing attack that we will yet see in some big games, so it’s hard to tell much. I just know that virtually every year, our secondary gets between the QB and the receiver, and they just can’t do that and ever hope to have an effective pass defense. They’ve got to be there to break up the pass, not attempt to run the receiver down after he’s already caught the ball. And even if they’re relatively close to the receivers, they have seemed always to leave about a 10 yard cushion; they can’t do that either.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2011
11:20 am

2011, Tech grads aren’t exactly known for good spelling; it’s a common problem. Glad you didn’t mind being corrected; it’s insignificant, but we DO need to APPEAR smarter than the trolls, since it’s obvious that we ARE smarter. LOL

juvenal

September 5th, 2011
11:22 am

Reggie beat au & um twice, had a great game at vt……….

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:25 am

@RambleOn84.
Normally I would agree with you on Laskey’s somewhat dangerous move.
Except I have seen so many punt returners not step up and make the fair catch and cost their team ten to twenty yards on the roll.
So I have to like his “I want the ball” attitude.
I think that is what we need back there.
Duke might have defeated Richmond had they fair caught Richmond’s last punt or gambled to get it on the roll and advance it like Lasky did.
The punt rolled about ten yards and Duke was left with a 59 yard missed FG that of course was short.
Ten yards closer maybe they win.
They could have used someone like Lasky would wants the ball instead of the guy they had who was afraid he might fumble.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:26 am

would should be who.
Proofread dummy.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:27 am

Funny, Supersize.

RambleOn84

September 5th, 2011
11:29 am

Yeah, Supersize, I think the secondary will get better as time goes on. We have to remember how young they are. At least they were flying around and making big tackles.

They can learn to cover better, but that intensity is something you just can’t teach.

Freddy Blassie

September 5th, 2011
11:29 am

RambleOn,

Agree with you. There were fewer missed tackles Thursday night, although it chaps me to see a db crow and strut after a big hit when he gives up a first down.
The O-line is a big concern of mine and I think CPJ’s too. “We’re gonna have to pass more.” is the tipoff from CPJ. Remember a year or two back when the back would look like he got stuffed at the line and when the yard marker was reset it was a four yard gain? Thursday night those pileups yielded no gain or a two foot gain.
MTSU ain’t gonna be no picnic in Murfreesboro.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:35 am

@juvenal.
I’m glad someone else remembers Reggie’s gutty games.
The losses to Uga were Chan’s and the Auburn guy’s fault.
Beating the U four straight.
Who thought beforehand we could pull that off?
That was maybe Chan’s best accomplishment though fourth win was Johnson’s.

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Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
11:47 am

MTSU will be a good prep if we are going to win some ACC road games.
I agree with Paul Johnson.
The schedule could not have been better arranged than it is.

Biff Pocoroba

September 5th, 2011
11:54 am

Drad needs to learn not to schedule games at the same time the Falcons are playing. You don’t schedule your first game on a Thursday night when you know traffic is going to be horrible if you want to win over new fans. Painting the concession stands and adding angus burgers to the menu won’t do much if fans can’t get to the game. People shouln’t have to use two vacation days to attend one game. Thursday games probably worked well for him in Baton Rouge since there is nothing else to do there during the week but Drad needs to realize that Atlanta is a big town and he cant be scared of the Chic Fil A kick off game when making his schedule. One Thursday night game is bad enough but two is too much if you want fans to show up DRAD.

Ramblin Man

September 5th, 2011
11:56 am

I agree the passing was great, but needed more “zip”. The TD pass to Jones was up way to long and a faster breaking DB could have easily picked that off. I also agree the coverage was a little off, but that could have been the speed of the pistol at times and the lack of consistent pressure. The big hits were nice to see though. All and all it was a nice effort that can be worked on. I am sure some of these younger guys will see what coaches have been telling them all along once they see thier mistakes and accomplishments on film.

Ramblin Man

September 5th, 2011
11:57 am

Oh and good for Nesbitt, Cone, Butler, and Gardner all getting a chance to further thier dream.

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
12:03 pm

Boise State does have one advantage in having their 5th year seniors stay.
Most disagreed with me last year when I posted our two fifth year OL grads should have been accepted to grad school regardless so they could play.
Bet Joshua agreed especially after running for his life most of the NC State game.
Also I’d bet Mr Brock (after reading about him today) would have contributed money for two extra spots in grad school if necessary.
Still can’t see giving our guys to Ga State.
Or would that be an NCAA infraction?

Jackets 2011

September 5th, 2011
12:42 pm

Zip vs touch.
Bobby Hebert played about ten years in the pros with an accurate but lacking in zip pass.
Anyone remember George Mira?
I remember Tech beating him and his team about 1967 or 68.
He threw so hard most college players could not catch it.
I think we all hate saying anything negative about Joshua Nesbitt but some touch passes would have helped his receivers.
Tevin can get it done like Hebert did.
Our receivers stepped up last game from maturity and experience and maybe a more catch-able ball coming their way.

Joseph

September 5th, 2011
3:39 pm

@Biff – the Jackets’ schedule was released before the Falcons’ preseason schedule was released – since they don’t share actual venues, I’m not sure of the level of involvement they have in each others’ decision making.

THURS 11 Western Carolina – 42K
SAT 10 South Carolina St – 51K
SAT 09 Jacksonville St – 46K
THURS 08 Jacksonville St – 45K
SAT 07 Samford (NOT Labor Day weekend – we played @ ND to open) – 43K

We don’t fill the stadium the first weekend no matter what day they play it – I’d guess the difference between this years attendance and last year’s is more due to expectations of the team. Lot of hype last year

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2011
3:51 pm

I think the lesson to be learned here is that nobody in Atlanta wants to see a division 2 (or whatever they’re called) team play. We can fill the stands for a decent opponent—-look at that home opener against Notre Dame that we had. This year it was good to start out with the likes of a WC, but I for one think we play too many teams like that, and it hasn’t always been that way.

GT-UT

September 5th, 2011
5:07 pm

Good to hear our guys still have a shot.
Good blog and commentary from the usual suspects. I’m enjoying it and the lack of ruff ruff poopoo.

GOLD PANTS

September 5th, 2011
6:53 pm

Off topic here but had to laugh about this new screen name made by a frustrated Georgia fan after the Boise State game. How bout Buck Fobo. I believe most of you can figure it out.If you are really dense, then , know that Mike Bobo is Georgia’s offensive coach.

BYRDDAWG

September 6th, 2011
11:59 am

Good for Josh…King made the Vikings’ p/s too!