Jason Schepler had been working out in his hometown of Sycamore, just waiting for another opportunity in the NFL.
That opportunity has come, as Schepler signed a two-year contract Dec. 30 with the Tennessee Titans. The deal is effective March 1.
Schepler, a 2008 Sycamore graduate and former Northern Illinois tight end, was with the San Francisco 49ers during training camp last summer, and played during the preseason before being part of the last round of cuts. He was used in the hybrid tight end/fullback position with San Francisco and said he will be in the same role with the Titans.
“I’ve just been staying home and working out, hoping for a call,” Schepler told the Daily Chronicle. “I’m so thankful I got this opportunity in Tennessee.”
Schepler, 23, said he plans on working out at NIU before heading down to Nashville in the spring, and that the strength and conditioning coaches have put together a plan for him.
Having earned one of Tennessee’s 90 offseason roster spots, Schepler said he’s in a better spot than he was after going undrafted last spring. Schepler, the 2008 Daily Chronicle Male Athlete of the Year, originally earned a minicamp tryout with San Francisco, signed a deal and was cut before being brought back for training camp.
This time around, he has a roster spot from the start.
“It feels better knowing I’m going to be out there for some time,” Schepler said. “It’s just a great opportunity for me.”