Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Offseason bubble report: QB Ricky Stanzi
By Michael DiRocco
The Jacksonville Jaguars are off until they have to report for training camp July 24. For some, the break will be relaxing. For others, there's probably a little bit of anxiety. Maybe they didn't perform well in OTAs or minicamp, or because of the development of other players they know they're going to be on the bubble in August. They may not necessarily be front-line players, but they've played key roles in the past. Each day this week I'll take a quick look at one of those players who's going to have a lot to prove in camp.
QB Ricky Stanzi
Why he'll make the team: Chad Henne is the only Jaguars quarterback who has taken a snap in a regular-season game, but though Stanzi has only played in preseason games he is entering his fourth season and that makes him the second-most experienced one on the roster. More importantly, he is in his second season in Jedd Fisch's offense. Because of that, Stanzi looked pretty good during OTAs and minicamp. He's throwing the ball better than rookie first-round pick Blake Bortles and undrafted free agent Stephen Morris. The Jaguars have said they don't want Bortles to be on the field in 2014. If Henne were to go down with an injury, especially early in the season, Stanzi would give the Jaguars the best chance to win.
Why he should be worried: Stanzi could get cut if Fisch and Bradley feel Bortles progressed enough to be No. 2 on the depth chart. Stanzi is not eligible to be on the practice squad so he would be out if the Jaguars want to keep only two quarterbacks on the active roster -- though GM David Caldwell has said before he likes to keep three. Circumstances change, though, and the Jags could opt to keep an additional linebacker or receiver instead of three quarterbacks. Stanzi likely isn't going to get much better and Morris theoretically has more potential to improve so he would be a better option to stash on the practice squad.
The bottom line: Stanzi's spot on the roster depends on how much Bortles progresses, and that's a tough thing to call right now. Based on how both players looked in OTAs and minicamp, it would seem Stanzi has an advantage.