Watch: Former Rutgers standout Christian Izien makes another play, secures spot on the Buccaneers roster

Christian Izien was rock steady in preseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helping the former Rutgers football defensive back to secure a spot on the NFL team’s 53-man roster.

Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent, Izien has made an impression in training camp as well as preseason for the Buccaneers. So much so that on Sunday morning, Tampa Bay head coach Todd Bowles said that Izien is his team’s starting nickleback heading into Week 1 of the NFL regular season.

For each of his final three years at Rutgers, Izien was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection. In 2022, he had 84 total tackles and four passes defended.


His performance over the week in preseason helped secure his roster spot.


Bowles is a familiar name to many in New Jersey. He grew up playing his high school football in the state at Elizabeth and then went on to play college football locally at Temple.

Bowles, like Izien, was an undrafted rookie free agent after his college career. He spent eight years in the NFL.

Izien’s strong performances this summer include an interception in his first game of preseason.

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire