Who is QB Michael Birdsong? That’s the question that fans may be asking after today’s mini camp in Metairie, LA.
After late breaking news yesterday that the New Orleans Saints signed QB Ryan Nassib, no one probably expected a fifth quarterback to come in at 11 am on Airline Highway. However, when the quarterbacks ran out on the field in their red jerseys, there were FIVE GUYS. Neither Nassib or Birdsong was on the roster they give you at the door.
However, both Nassib and Birdsong were right there next to Drew Brees getting reps. Birdsong is slated to be a tryout candidate at this point. It’s just ironic, that the Saints didn’t pick a quarterback in the draft, but there seems to be at least some outreach to giving these two guys a shot. Birdsong comes out of Tennessee Tech. That being said, his road was an interesting journey from James Madison, to Marshall, to finally finishing up at Tennessee Tech.
Michael Birdsong stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 241 lbs. Information was hard to come by, but here is a snippet of what he’s done over his career. Birdsong was brought into Tennessee Tech after an injury playing at Marshall. Birdsong had a year of eligibility left, which brought him to Tennessee Tech and coach Marcus Satterfield. His former offensive coordinator Justin Rascati had this to say about Birdsong about a year ago:
"“I think he has NFL talent. I want to help him get to the NFL. I know that’s his dream. He’s got all the tools to get there. He’s a big, strong, athletic guy. He’s got a good arm. He’s tough. He’s got all the intangibles you need at that position to play at the next level.”"
At this point, there’s no guarantees for him or anyone at this point. That being said, bringing in another quarterback makes it very interesting to see how things pan out when training camp begins. In the meantime, the Saints are trying some different quarterbacks out in 2017. Perhaps one will hit.