Jaguars DT D'Anthony Smith is on the roster bubble.
Deservedly so. Smith, the former third-round reach by since-fired GM Gene Smith, has missed all but eight games in his three-year career, and he's amassed just ten tackles. The Jaguars added Roy Miller, Sen'Derrick Marks, Kyle Love, and Brandon Deaderick to their defensive tackle rotation this offseason.
Jaguars claimed DT Kyle Love off waivers from the Patriots.
Love, 26, was waived by the Pats after recently being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. New England gave him the choice of sitting out a year or taking his walking papers and finding work elsewhere. Love started 24 games over the last two seasons, recording 58 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He'll likely compete with Roy Miller to fill the Brandon Mebane nose-tackle role in Gus Bradley's defense.
The Jaguars are "encouraged" by undrafted WR Tobais Palmer.
"We talked about him quite a bit after the rookie minicamp," coach Gus Bradley said. "We really like his speed and we're trying to move him around to find a home for him." Palmer has a history of migraines, and they have forced him to sit out the last two days of OTAs. He has a chance to stick on a roster with a coaching staff promoting competition at every position.
Jaguars DT Tyson Alualu will play defensive end in new coach Gus Bradley's hybrid 4-3 defense.
A three-technique interior pass rusher his first three seasons, Alualu managed just 9.5 sacks across 48 games. The left defensive end spot in Bradley's defense is also known as "five technique" and was manned by Red Bryant in Seattle. Generously listed at 6-foot-3, 304, Alualu is unlikely to give the Jaguars the same kind of run-stopping ability as Bryant, but that'll be his new role.
Jaguars RB/WR Denard Robinson is also taking snaps under center in OTAs.
Asked if Robinson was taking snaps as a quarterback or Wildcat specialist, coach Gus Bradley said "we don't have to tell you." It would be far from surprising if the Jags installed a Wildcat package for the long-time college signal caller, but Robinson isn't going to pop up on the quarterback depth chart. That ship has sailed for "Shoelace."
The Associated Press' Mark Long called Wednesday's OTAs session the "worst day of quarterback play I've witnessed at Jaguars practice in years."
Long's assessment comes one day after he observed Blaine Gabbert "(continuing) to struggle with short passes." In Gabbert's defense, the Jags are installing a new system, but the fact that he still can't even light up practice more than two years after being the No. 10 overall pick is a troubling sign. We'd suspect the Jags pull the plug on the Gabbert experiment early this season, with an eye toward finding his "successor" in the 2014 draft.