Jacksonville Jaguars Face ‘Glaring Question’ After Tim Tebow Arrives, Says JP Shadrick | NFL News
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Senior Jaguars reporter JP Shadrick expects there will be more change in the close-team department and believes training camp would be a defining idea amid Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL .
Last update: 06/08/21 11:28 am
It could have been a quiet few weeks for the tight ends of the non-Tim Tebow Jacksonville Jaguars. But beneath the frenzy surrounding the former NFL quarterback’s divisional return looms one of the team’s most pressing position battles.
The Jaguars chose not to bring back veteran Tyler Eifert this offseason after making 36 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in 2020, and traded 2019 third-round selection Josh Oliver to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a pick. seventh-round conditional in 2022.
Head coach Urban Meyer then reunited with former Florida player Tebow, whose return to the league came nine years after his last appearance in 2012 – at the time, No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence No. was only 12 years old.
Tebow became the sixth tight end on the Jaguars roster alongside free agency pickup Chris Manhertz, veteran James O’Shaughnessy, 2021 fifth-round pick Luka Farrell, 2020 sixth-round pick Tyler Davis and for 2020 undrafted free agent Ben Ellefson.
Senior Jaguars reporter JP Shadrick suspects there could be even more change in the position group.
“I’m still curious about the tight final position, it’s the only glaring question mark on offense,” Shadrick told Sky Sports. “James O’Shaughnessy has been in the league for seven years but has only 88 career catches. He’s your most experienced option right now, I think they would like to add to that at some point.
“We’ve all heard Tebow’s name, how well does that fit into the equation, I think the next three weeks will be the key to that, we’ll see if he can keep up. And then they’ll put them in. pads and get a little more physical in boot camp.
“They added Chris Manhertz who is a veteran of independent agencies and it’s a race blocking option, but they need a consistent weapon to catch the passes, I think that’s something he still have to think. “
Eifert and former Indianapolis Colts Trey Burton remain among free agency options, while Philadelphia Eagles Zach Ertz continues to be linked in a trade with the Super Bowl LII champions.
Criticism of Tebow’s arrival has highlighted an undeserved opportunity for young players struggling to find their way into the league, especially after no HBCU prospects have been drafted for the ninth time since. 2000.
Shadrick believes training camp could provide a glimpse of what the future holds for the 33-year-old’s return.
“As for what the dressing rooms think, I think if he can follow and play and help contribute to the team, no problem; if he can’t and is still there, that’s a problem” , did he declare. “I don’t think we’re there yet, it’s so early.
“I just think there are more pressing stories for the Jaguars, how does Trevor understand the offense? How does (Travis) Etienne work with all these other weapons? But I understand why the script is Tim Tebow. I don’t ‘I don’t know how long that will take, because in reality this is a tight fourth option or an H-back type or specialty player, but you take that name off and them. people react one way or another. Jaguars offseason 2021.
“Apparently he’s in amazing shape, but is it a football form? Can he run? Is he keen enough? Can he do all of that? We’ll find out. The physical aspect of the tight play or whatever role they envision for him. Can he hold up? That’s the big question for me. Get your popcorn ready in July because it will be a show to watch. “
Tebow moved to Jacksonville at the age of three and attended Nease High School before winning a Heisman Trophy and two National Championship titles under Meyer’s tutelage in Florida until he left for the NFL as a first-round pick for the Denver Broncos in 2010.
He went 8-6 as a starter during his two seasons at Denver and was eventually replaced by Peyton Manning, after which he spent time with the New York Jets (2012) followed by offseason spells at the New England Patriots (2013) and the Philadelphia Eagles. (2015). Tebow has since plied his trade in minor league baseball, announcing his retirement in February 2021.
“The link is why it’s here, let’s be clear,” Shadrick added. “This connection with Urban Meyer gave him an opportunity.
“It’s the time of year to give the guys a chance and it happens in different ways in the league, a former basketball player can come off the couch and try at close range, these guys have been successful in the past. A track star, can this guy function as a wide receiver?
“This is the time of year to try this. For me, I understand, okay, there is a story, some may deem it unfair, but everyone has a chance in some way. another and if it’s Tebow’s luck, fine. “