ATHENS — Former Georgia football quarterback Jake Fromm made the Buffalo Bills 53-man roster on Saturday
There had been some speculation that Fromm, the No. 167 overall pick in the fifth round, might be among the players that would be cut.
The former Georgia quarterback got off to an awkward start with teammates after a much-publicized racially insensitive text message to a friend a year before surfaced.
Fromm has a four-year contract with Buffalo worth $3.597 million including a $685,740 signing bonus, per spotrac.
The Bills caught some off guard when they selected Fromm in the 2020 NFL Draft, their quarterback situation appearing stable with 2018 first-round pick Josh Allen under center.
But Bills general manager Brandon Beane texted ESPN insider Chris Mortensen that Fromm was “too good to pass up,” and Buffalo made the pick.
“He wasn’t planning to draft Jake Fromm, but he was on the board and thought he was too good to pass up,” Mortensen reported on ESPN. “Even though his physical attributes don’t fit with that Buffalo climate, they are happy to have a guy like that in their quarterback room.”
Former NFL scout and current Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy had predicted Fromm would adjust to the league, having played in a pro style offense at Georgia.
“The more Jake Fromm tape we watch the more we like him,” Nagy said on his Twitter account. “He’s got more arm talent than we’ve given him credit for in the past.
“Thought he was making a mistake leaving early but he’s not. After 42 SEC starts he’s more than ready.”
ESPN analyst Todd McShay agreed.
“I think if he’s put in the right situation… I think he has the chance to be a solid, to good starter. He was one of if not the most impressive players I met with all season long, in terms of how hard he works and his knowledge of the game. So you are getting that but if you are worried about physical limitations, he’s not for you.”
The more Jake Fromm tape we watch the more we like him. He’s got more arm talent than we’ve given him credit for in the past. Thought he was making a mistake leaving early but he’s not. After 42 SEC starts he’s more than ready. pic.twitter.com/HRUqbV0sfO
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) February 13, 2020
Fromm, no doubt, has been under pressure before.
Fromm has played 41 of 43 games with his Georgia team in contention for a national championship.
Georgia was 36-7 during Fromm’s three years under center — 35-7 in the games he started — winning the SEC East Division each year.
Fromm also led the Bulldogs to an SEC Championship (2017) along with wins in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.
The Bulldogs went 3-0 against Tennessee, 3-0 against Georgia Tech, 3-0 against Florida and 3-1 against Auburn with Fromm.