Saints sign linebacker Nate Stupar formerly of the Atlanta Falcons to a three-year deal. Stupar was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Penn State University. Stupar joins fellow Saints linebacker Michael Mauti, a Mandeville native, was Stupar’s teammate with the Nittany Lions in 2011 and 2012.

Stupor made two great big plays last year with Atlanta.  He returned a fumble 84 yards for a touchdown in Atlanta’s 48-21 victory over the Houston Texans.  Stupar was also instrumental in getting the pressure on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that led to a game-winning pick-six by Robert Alford. He finished with 40 tackles and one sack last season. He had 10 tackles in 2014.  He should be viewed as this year’s Ramon Humber who was signed by the Patriots for their special teams squad.

Nate Stupar

Nate Stupar Professional Career

Nate Stupar began his professional career with the Raiders and then migrated to the Philadelphia Eagles after being cut by them in 2012. He spent the 2012 season with the Eagles.  He was then signed to the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 and was released.  The Jacksonville Jaguars then picked him up on waivers.  He led the Jaguars in tackles during the preseason but was cut in lieu of J T Thomas who was seen as a more multi-dimensional, able to play both special teams and all three linebacker positions. Stupar then found a home with the Atlanta Falcons who placed him on the 53-man roster and in March 2015, he was signed to a two-year extension.

Nate Stupar’s older brother, Jonathan, is a tight end, who played for the Buffalo Bills from 2009 to 2010. His uncle is retired NFL quarterback, Jeff Hostetler.

Ranking

Profootball Focus has Stupar on its free agent linebacker list as follows:



Nate Stupar

Nate Stupar