Nov. 5, 2012
Former University of Cincinnati standout JK Schaffer (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad Monday.
He will wear No. 49.
Schaffer had originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent, but was cut prior to the start of the 2012 season. He also had a brief stint on the practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his time in Jacksonville, he played in all four Jaguars preseason games and led the team in tackles (18), with one interception and two total passes defensed.
During a media session this afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium, Schaffer was asked if he cared what linebacker spot he played.
"You can put me at nose guard," Schaffer said. "You can put me at safety. I don't care. Any of the linebacker spots. I don't really care where I'm playing. I've got to first of all take my time learning the system, get to know this team and what the coaches want and then find my role on this team and excel at that. I'm going to take it one step at a time, but I'd do anything to help this football team. I'm just excited to be here."
Schaffer, the University of Cincinnati 2012 Mr. Bearcat Award winner and the 2011 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Conference Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was a two-year captain. The 2011 First-Team All-BIG EAST selection is just the fourth player in league history to register at least 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons, culminating in a career-high 114 stops in the 2011 season.