VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Jags give several undrafted rookies chance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - When Georgia defensive tackle Abry Jones realized he wasn't getting drafted, he started looking around the NFL at potential landing spots as a free agent.

Advertisement
Jacksonville stood out, and not just because it was close to home.

The Warner Robins, Ga., native saw a new general manager, a new head coach and a gutted roster that surely would lead to open competition at nearly every position.

``It's a great place for rookies,'' Jones said Sunday.

No doubt. The rebuilding Jaguars expect to open the season with 12 to 15 rookies, maybe even more.

Most starters already have been penciled in. But several positions, including just about every backup spot, are up for grabs. That put a little extra emphasis on the team's three-day rookie minicamp that ended Sunday.

A handful of undrafted rookies stood out, including fullback Lonnie Pryor, linebacker LaRoy Reynolds, tight end Ryan Otten, offensive tackle R.J. Dill, receiver Tobais Palmer, running back De'Leon Eskridge and defensive ends Paul Hazel and J.D. Griggs.

Eskridge and Griggs attended the camp on a tryout basis and could sign with the team Monday.

``I enjoyed every moment,'' Eskridge said. ``It's a good opportunity.''

None of those guys got as much attention as Jacksonville's draft picks. First-rounder Luke Joeckel, second-round safety Johnathan Cyprien and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson drew the most interest.

But when Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley are filling out the 53-man roster in September, undrafted players are sure to be in the mix for the final spots.

``I really had a tough time initially with the NFL because there's a sense of disloyalty,'' Bradley said. ``They're here and then you cut them. When I first started out, that was new to me. I didn't know if I liked that part because in college you recruited them and you grow with them through the whole thing.

``The way I've been able to deal with it is this: I've told them the loyalty comes with us coaching every one of you as hard as we can.''

Still, the opportunities are obvious.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan fired general manager Gene Smith, the architect of the roster the last four years, after the worst season in franchise history.

Caldwell took over in January and started making changes.

The Jaguars parted ways with about two dozen veterans, including three-fourths of their starting secondary, a starting linebacker, a starting defensive tackle, a starting fullback, a backup running back, a backup tight end and a few receivers.

``I felt like if I had to go anywhere to get a starting position, this would be the best route for me to go,'' said Pryor, whose interest in Jacksonville grew after longtime Jaguars fullback Greg Jones signed with Houston. ``This franchise has gone through a lot of changes and probably will have more.''

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, linebacker Paul Posluszny, tight end Marcedes Lewis, defensive end Jeremy Mincey, receiver Cecil Shorts III, safety Dwight Lowery, place-kicker Josh Scobee, punter Bryan Anger and offensive linemen Eugene Monroe, Uche Nwaneri, Brad Meester and Will Rackley are among those considered safe.

Jacksonville also seems committed to the six veterans signed in free agency.

Even quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne seem immune to the overhaul for now.

But that didn't prevent former Arizona quarterback Matt Scott and former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers from signing as undrafted rookies.

``It's a good position for a quarterback to be,'' Scott said. ``They're going to have open competition, so we'll see how it goes.''

Scott (ankle) and Rodgers (groin) sat out Sunday's practice, but both expect to be ready when the Jaguars begin organized team activities May 13.

And just like the other 30-plus rookies on Jacksonville's roster, they all have a chance.

``They sense it,'' Bradley said. ``That was one of the reasons why it was a good free agency group for us - because they knew the opportunity.''

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 12
Bookmaker: Gruden Coaching Props
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 11
BetOnline.ag: ATS Power Rankings - Week 12
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - Week 12
Roberts: Books survive Pats, Eagles
BetOnline.ag: Buyer's Remorse - Week 11
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 11
Raiders fire DC Ken Norton Jr.
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
12-0 Run, 17-2 G-Plays, 12-4 Totals
6-0 G-Plays, 13-3 L7 Sun, 18-6 Run
3-0 Sun, 11-3 L5 Sundays, 14-6 L20
28-15 L6 Sundays, 62% +1,737 TY
5-1 NFL Week 11, +1,257 TY
10-2 L12 G-Plays, 5-1 L6 Picks
5-1 NFL Week 11 Record
+1,039 Net Profits This Year
+1,859 Overall This Season
5-2 Record Last Sunday
3-0 L3 Guarantees, 7-3 L10 Totals
6-2 L8, 16-7 Guaranteed Plays TY
3-1 Record Last Sunday
6-3 L9 G-Plays, 35-20 L9 Sundays
4-0 L4, 7-2 L9 Guarantees
7-3 L10 Picks, 61% +791 Overall
13-7 L4 Sundays, 6-2 L8 G-Plays
8-4 L12 Guaranteed Plays
5-2 NFL Week 11 Record
NFL Pro Football Expert Picks - Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
2017 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 1859
Vince Akins + 1737
Pat Hawkins + 1257
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 500
Pat Hawkins + 403
Joe Nelson + 393
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Zack Cimini 69 %
Vince Akins 62 %
John Fisher 62 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1024
Paul Bovi + 830
Michael Black + 803
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 520
Stephen Nover + 505
Vince Akins + 500
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 760
Gary Bart + 575
Dave Cokin + 550
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership