Feld Gets Shot to Start in Tampa

Aaron Feld has a chance to do something most undrafted free agents don’t: Start as a rookie.

Feld, who was Mississippi State’s long snapper for four seasons, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this morning and will have a chance to ply his trade immediately. Starting snapper Andrew Economos is out with an Achilles’ injury suffered in April.

Feld said he will be competing with Christian Yount, who also was a four-year starter, at UCLA, and was also not drafted.

“All I ever wanted was a chance. I said the same thing when (Sylvester) Croom recruited me out of high school,” Feld said Tuesday, not long after landing in Tampa. “I’m going to compete with one of the other top long snappers in the country for the job. You can rest easy if you get beat by one of the best. It still hurts, but at least if you give it all you got and fell short, it doesn’t hurt that much.”

The Bucs had their eye on Feld after seeing him at MSU’s pro day in the spring. The native of Homewood, Ala., said he didn’t really talk to any other teams and got a call from Tampa Bay on Monday night after the lockout had been lifted.

And now, a chance to get on the field as a rookie, as a guy not drafted? How does that feel?

“I’m not real sure words can convey that emotion at this point,” Feld said.

• Here’s my story in today’s Journal about former Bulldogs joining their NFL teams. I had a good talk with Anthony Dixon, and I’ll have an update on MSU’s career rushing leader soon (hopefully Thursday’s edition).