The NFL dream stays alive for Anchorage’s Jeff Overbaugh.
With 10 days to go earlier than the NFL’s opening kickoff, Overbaugh — a Service Excessive grad — signed a contract with the Chicago Bears on Monday.
Bears’ lengthy snapper Patrick Scales suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s preseason recreation towards the Titans, opening door for Overbaugh to check out for the staff on Monday.
He signed a contract the identical day and is the one lengthy snapper on Chicago’s ninety-man roster.
Overbaugh was picked over former Lions snapper lengthy snapper Jimmy Landes, who additionally carried out a exercise Monday.
Scales was the Bears’ snapper for all sixteen video games within the 2016-17 season and 5 video games in 2015.
“It is all the time a superb day once you’re capable of play soccer,” Overbaugh stated by cellphone Tuesday. “I undoubtedly didn’t anticipate anyone getting injured. It takes some time to get into the league on the lengthy snapper place.”
Overbaugh will see his first recreation motion Thursday towards the Cleveland Browns in Chicago’s fourth and ultimate preseason recreation.
He stated his household and considered one of his previous math academics from Service, Kelly Corrigan, are anticipated to make the journey to Chicago for the sport.
“Hopefully she’ll have the ability to make it,” Overbaugh stated. “Numerous my household will have the ability to be there. It is gonna be nice to play soccer and spend time with household and buddies after the sport.”
A 2016 San Diego State grad, Overbaugh hung out with the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos over the previous two offseasons, however is but to make a ultimate fifty six-man roster.
The 6-foot-2, 236-pound Overbaugh was minimize by the Broncos in Might.
He additionally carried out exercises for the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars over the summer time.
Overbaugh stated he is needed to stay affected person as a result of there’s little turnover with lengthy snappers within the NFL.
“Not everybody graduates and will get a job ‘trigger there are solely 32 positions,” Overbaugh stated. “Excluding punters and kickers and probably quarterbacks, (lengthy snappers) have the longest shelf lifetime of any place.”
In his 4 years with the Aztecs, Overbaugh was an ideal 510-for-510 snapping on punts, area objectives and PATs. He was 156-for-156 throughout his senior season and earned a spot within the 2016 Senior Bowl.