Jason Spriggs
Spriggs in the 2017 NFL preseason
No. 69 – Atlanta Falcons
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-05-17) May 17, 1994 (age 27)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Concord (Elkhart, Indiana)
College:Indiana
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2021
Games played:49
Games started:9
Player stats at NFL.com

Jason Michael Spriggs (born May 17, 1994) is an American football offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Indiana.

Early years

Spriggs was born to Rick and Michelle Spriggs on May 17, 1994, in Elkhart, Indiana.[1][2] He attended Concord High School where he lettered in basketball, lacrosse, track and field, and also played offensive tackle, defensive end, and long snapper for head coach Tim Dawson.[1] During his early football career he was a three-year starter and recorded 58 tackles (19 for loss), seven sacks, three forced fumbles and recoveries, and three passes defensed.[1] He had a touchdown off of a fumble recovery. He was also a team captain, and was named the team's most valuable offensive lineman in 2011 and most valuable defensive lineman in 2010.[1] Spriggs was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State Top 50 team in 2011.[3]

Coming out of high school, Spriggs measured in at 6-foot-6-inches tall and weighed in at 249 pounds.[2] He was ranked as a three star prospect by ESPN.com.[2] He was ranked as the 22nd best prospect in the state, and the 135th best in the country.[2] He received attention from a number of schools, and received scholarship offers from Indiana, Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan.[2] He was described by an ESPN analyst as having some raw tools, and who could possibly project to tight end at the college level.[2] He was listed on Rivals.com as a three star prospect at tight end.[4]

College career

Spriggs ultimately accepted a scholarship from Indiana University and started all 12 games in his first year on the offensive line.[1] He led the team with 80 knockdowns that year and allowed only two sacks in the 961 downs he played.[1] As a whole, the offensive line did not allow a sack in five games.[1] He was named an Honorable Mention to the All-Big Ten team by the coaches and media, and was named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team.[1][5]

Going into his second year, Spriggs again started all 12 games at the left tackle position. He was named the Indiana Player of the week for his efforts in a game against Purdue.[1] Following the year, he was again named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media.[1]

Spriggs' junior year proved to be one of his best statistically.[1] He played in eleven games and started ten of them at left tackle. He allowed two sacks in 689 snaps and allowed Tevin Coleman to set a school record with 2,000 rushing yards in a season.[1] He was named a conference honorable mention by the media.[1]

In his final year as a Hoosier, Spriggs was named a team captain and allowed only two sacks in 475 pass attempts, starting at left tackle. He had a team-leading 79 knockdowns. His team became the first since 1995 to lead the league in total passing and scoring offense. His efforts had him named as a first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.[6]

Professional career

Spriggs was predicted to be a second round pick in the NFL Draft by Lance Zierlein.[7] He commented that he had a good frame for the position, quick movement, shows good combination as a zone blocker, and is active with his hands. However, he was also concerned about his strength,[7] but overall, he believed that he had a good chance to be a starting left tackle on the professional level.[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 5+58 in
(1.97 m)
301 lb
(137 kg)
34+18 in
(0.87 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
4.94 s 1.76 s 2.90 s 4.44 s 7.70 s 31+12 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
31 reps 20[8]
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Green Bay Packers

Spriggs was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round (48th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[7] On May 9, 2016, the Packers signed Spriggs to a four-year contract reported to be worth a total of $5.00 million, which includes a $1.83 million signing bonus.[9]

On September 21, 2017, Spriggs was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[10] He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on November 18, 2017.[11] He started five games at right tackle before being placed back on injured reserve on December 26, 2017, with a knee injury.[12]

In 2018, Spriggs played in 13 games, starting two at right tackle in place of an injured Bryan Bulaga.

On August 6, 2019, Spriggs was waived/injured by the Packers.[13] After clearing waivers, he was placed on injured reserve a day later.

Chicago Bears

On April 17, 2020, Spriggs signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[14] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 3, 2020,[15] and activated six days later.[16]

Atlanta Falcons

On July 26, 2021, Spriggs signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Jason Spriggs". Web. University of Indiana. p. 1. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jason Spriggs". Web. ESPN. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  3. ^ "Indiana Football Coaches Association 2011 Top 50 All-State Football Team" (PDF). Web. Indiana Football Coaches Association. 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  4. ^ "Jason Spriggs". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  5. ^ "2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Teams". Web. Big-Ten. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "2015 Autonation FWAA All-America team unveiled" (Press release). Football Writers Association of America. December 14, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e Zierlein, Lance. "Jason Spriggs". Web. National Football League. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Green Bay Packers' picks in the 2016 NFL draft". JSOnline.com. April 30, 2016. Archived from the original on April 21, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Packers sign 2nd-round pick Jason Spriggs to rookie contract". AcmePackingCompany.com. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Packers sign DT Ricky Jean Francois". Packers.com. September 21, 2017. Archived from the original on September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Packers activate T Jason Spriggs from I.R." Packers.com. November 18, 2017. Archived from the original on May 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Packers place T Jason Spriggs on IR, sign TE Emanuel Byrd". Packers.com. December 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "Packers claim RB Keith Ford off waivers". Packers.com. August 6, 2019.
  14. ^ "Roster Moves: Bears announce five transactions". chicagobears.com. April 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Lieser, Jason (November 3, 2020). "Bears put OT Jason Spriggs, RG Germain Ifedi on reserve/COVID-19 list; RT Bobby Massie to IR". SunTimes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  16. ^ Lieser, Jason (November 9, 2020). "Bears activate OT Jason Spriggs from reserve/COVID-19 list". SunTimes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  17. ^ "Falcons Sign Two in Free Agency". Atlantafalcons.com. July 26, 2019.