Jacksonville Jaguars face ‘evident query’ at tight finish after Tim Tebow arrival, says J.P. Shadrick

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Jaguars senior reporter J.P. Shadrick expects there may very well be extra change within the tight finish division and believes coaching camp could be a defining perception amid Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL.

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Jacksonville Jaguars tight finish Tim Tebow catches a cross throughout follow. (AP Picture/John Raoux)

It might need been a quiet few weeks for Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends not named Tim Tebow. However beneath the frenzy surrounding the previous NFL quarterback’s divisive comeback looms one of many staff’s most urgent place battles. 

The Jaguars elected to not deliver again veteran Tyler Eifert this offseason after he managed 36 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in 2020, and traded 2019 third-round choice Josh Oliver to the Baltimore Ravens in alternate for a conditional 2022 seventh-round decide.

Head coach City Meyer subsequently reunited along with his former Florida play-caller Tebow, whose return to the league arrived 9 years on from his final look in 2012 – at which era No. 1 general decide Trevor Lawrence was simply 12-years-old.

Tebow grew to become the sixth tight finish on the Jaguars roster alongside free company pickup Chris Manhertz, veteran James O’Shaughnessy, 2021 fifth-round decide Luka Farrell, 2020 sixth-round decide Tyler Davis and 2020 undrafted free agent Ben Ellefson.

Tebow performs a drill during practice (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Tebow performs a drill throughout follow (AP Picture/John Raoux)

Jaguars senior reporter J.P. Shadrick suspects there might but be extra change within the place group.

“I am nonetheless curious with the tight finish place, that is the one evident query mark on offense,” Shadrick advised Sky Sports activities. “James O’Shaughnessy has been within the league seven years however solely has 88 profession catches. He is your most skilled tight finish possibility proper now, I believe they’d like so as to add to that sooner or later.

“We’ve all heard the Tebow identify, how a lot does that match into the equation, I believe the following three weeks shall be key for that, we’ll see if he can sustain. After which they’re going to put the pads on and get slightly extra bodily in coaching camp.

“They’ve added Chris Manhertz who’s a veteran free company addition and he is a run blocking possibility, however they want a pass-catching constant weapon, I believe that is one thing nonetheless to consider.”

Chris Manhertz catches a pass during practice. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Chris Manhertz catches a cross throughout follow. (AP Picture/John Raoux)

Eifert and former Indianapolis Colts Trey Burton stay among the many free company choices, whereas the Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz continues to be linked with a commerce away from the Tremendous Bowl LII champions.

Criticism of Tebow’s arrival has pointed in the direction of an unearned alternative being taken from youthful gamers combating to make their means within the league, notably after zero HBCU prospects have been drafted for the ninth time since 2000.

Shadrick believes coaching camp might function a defining perception into what the long run holds for the 33-year-old’s comeback.

“As for what the locker room thinks of it, I believe if he can sustain and play and assist contribute to the staff, no points; if he cannot and remains to be round, that is a difficulty,” he stated. “I do not suppose we’re there but, it is so early into it.

“I simply suppose there are larger urgent tales for the Jaguars, how does Trevor determine the offense? How does (Travis) Etienne work into it with all these different weapons? However I get why the storyline is Tim Tebow. I simply do not know the way lengthy that shall be, as a result of in actuality he’s a fourth tight finish possibility or a H-back or specialty kind participant, however you pull that identify out and other people react a technique or one other. Jaguars offseason 2021.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach City Meyer and assistant head coach Charlie Sturdy assisted Chris Jericho in a match as a part of AEW’s Double or Nothing occasion

Jacksonville Jaguars coach City Meyer and assistant head coach Charlie Sturdy assisted Chris Jericho in a match as a part of AEW’s Double or Nothing occasion

“Apparently he is in unbelievable form, however is that soccer form? Can he run routes? Is he crisp sufficient? Can he do all that? We’ll discover that out. If he can then okay you graduate to coaching camp and get within the bodily facet of tight finish play or no matter position they envision for him. Can he sustain there? That for me is the large query. Get your popcorn prepared in July as a result of that shall be a present to look at.”

Tebow moved to Jacksonville on the age of three and attended Nease Excessive College earlier than profitable a Heisman Trophy and two Nationwide Championship titles beneath the tutelage of Meyer at Florida till he left for the NFL as a first-round decide for the Denver Broncos in 2010.

He went 8-6 as a starter over his two seasons in Denver and was finally changed by Peyton Manning, after which he frolicked with the New York Jets (2012) following by offseason spells on the New England Patriots (2013) and Philadelphia Eagles (2015). Tebow has since plied his commerce in minor league baseball, asserting his retirement in February 2021.

“The connection is why he’s right here, let’s make that clear,” added Shadrick. “That reference to City Meyer gave him a possibility.

“That is the time of yr to present guys a shot and it occurs lots of alternative ways within the league, a former basketball participant can are available off the sofa and check out at tight finish, these guys have some success up to now. A monitor star, can this man run as a large receiver?

“That is the time of yr to strive that. For me I get it, okay there is a historical past, some might deem it unfair however everyone will get an opportunity one way or the other and if that is Tebow’s probability, okay.”

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