Jaguars.com suggests CB Alan Ball is heading into OTAs as a starter.
Ball, 28, signed a two-year, $2 million contract and has the ability to play both corner and safety. He also has the size -- 6-foot-2, 197 -- that coach Gus Bradley likes in press-man cornerbacks. Two of Ball, third-rounder Dwayne Gratz, and Marcus Trufant will likely start on the outside with 2012 sixth-rounder Mike Harris covering the slot.
According to Yahoo Sports, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell plans to spend "much of the year" evaluating quarterbacks in the 2014 class, including Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Clemson's Tajh Boyd.
Per Yahoo's Jason Cole, the Jaguars were "privately" thrilled the Bills and Jets drafted quarterbacks in the first two rounds because that likely takes them out of the market for next year's top signal callers. Jacksonville and Cleveland are left as the likeliest quarterback-needy teams for 2014. The Jags will give Blaine Gabbert one more year to prove he's not a viable solution. (He will.)
Updating a previous item, GM Dave Caldwell stated in a Tuesday radio interview that the Jaguars plan to give fifth-round pick Denard Robinson "10 to 15 snaps" per game as a rusher and receiver.
Radio host Alex Marvez tweeted during or immediately after the interview that Caldwell had penciled in Robinson for "10-15 touches a game & returning kicks." In a column recapping the interview, Marvez wrote Caldwell was actually speaking about offensive snaps. Big difference. Robinson is good enough to eventually make himself impossible for an otherwise bad Jaguars team to keep off the field, but he's not scheduled to play a major offensive role initially.
Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, GM David Caldwell said the Jaguars hope to get fifth-round pick Denard Robinson 10-15 touches per game as a rookie.
It's a huge number ' likely an unrealistic one ' but proof of how high the Jags are on the former quarterback's playmaking ability. The vast majority of Robinson's touches should come as a change-of-pace running back, but Caldwell said he'll also see some snaps as a slot receiver. The Jags plan to feature Robinson on returns. It sounds like Robinson will beat out veteran Justin Forsett to be Maurice Jones-Drew's primary backup if all goes to plan for the Jags. Robinson is an intriguing Dynasty-league prospect.
GM David Caldwell reiterated Tuesday that the Jaguars are going to give Blaine Gabbert a "fair chance" to prove whether he's the "long-term solution" at quarterback.
The 24 games Gabbert has already started could constitute a "fair chance" in the modern NFL, but the Jags didn't come away with any better options this offseason. According to Yahoo's Jason Cole, Caldwell will spend "much of the season" evaluating the NCAA's top quarterbacks. Per Cole, the Jags were "only too happy" when the Bills and Jets used early-round picks on signal callers, presumably taking them out of the QB-running in 2014. Few players will be more on the spot than Gabbert this season.
The Patriots tried out free agent CBs William Middleton and Pat Lee.
The Pats also hosted free agent WR Matt Willis. Middleton appeared in 10 games for the Jaguars last season, making three starts. Lee appeared in 15 games between the Raiders and Lions. Neither would be more than veteran depth in New England.
Jaguars agreed to terms with CB Marcus Trufant, formerly of the Seahawks.
The 2003 first-round pick had previously spent his entire 10-year career with the Seahawks. Trufant is reuniting with Jags coach Gus Bradley, who was his defensive coordinator the past four seasons. Trufant served as the Seahawks' nickel corner in 2012, but back and hamstring injuries helped limit him to 365 snaps in 12 games. He's appeared in just 16 total games the past two seasons. Trufant struggled mightily covering slot receivers between Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman last season. The Jaguars' cornerback depth chart is wide open. We wouldn't be surprised if Trufant moves back outside and wins a starting job opposite rookie Dwayne Gratz.