There was good news for linebacker Jack Cichy on Saturday, as The Athletic’s Greg Auman tweeted that the former Wisconsin Badgers walk-on will make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man active roster. ESPN’s Jenna Laine also reported the news later on and a source told B5Q on Saturday afternoon that Cichy “made it.”
Tampa Bay drafted Cichy, who missed all of the 2017 season for Wisconsin due to an ACL injury, in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft back in April.
During the preseason, Cichy recorded 11 tackles and added three assisted stops.
Laine noted on ESPN.com that for Cichy, “It helps that he plays middle linebacker and strongside linebacker and is on all four special teams.”
The former Wisconsin team captain played in only 24 games (11 starts) at UW due to injury, though he made his presence felt when on the field in recording 120 tackles (15 for loss) and 6.5 sacks.
He joins other recent Wisconsin walk-ons like Joe Schobert, Alex Erickson, Jared Abbrederis, Dare Ogunbowale, and J.J. Watt in coming to Wisconsin without a scholarship and winding up playing on Sundays.