Jacksonville Jaguars: Tandon Doss

Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, which means all three will have to be on the active roster, because Stanzi is ineligible for the practice squad. Stanzi should start the season as the No. 2 because he’s more ready to play than Bortles, but that will likely flip-flop at some point. Stephen Morris is a practice squad candidate.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

If the Jags elect to keep only four backs, Todman and Johnson likely would battle for the final spot. That is assuming Robinson continues to be very good in camp. He might end up getting more playing time than any of the other backs after Gerhart if he shows he can be a reliable pass-catcher. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and doesn’t have problems with ball security.

RECEVIERS (6)

The first four players should be locks, but it will be an interesting competition for the final two spots among Brown, Taylor, free-agent signee Tandon Doss, undrafted rookie Allen Hurns, and former practice-squad player Chad Bumphis. Doss missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp because of a calf injury, allowing Taylor, Bumphis and Hurns to get valuable reps. Doss was not a consistent receiver in his three seasons in Baltimore and has more value as a returner, but Sanders’ strength is as a punt returner and the Jags have other options at kickoff returner. I have Taylor narrowly beating out Hurns because of his experience, but I can easily see that being flipped if the Jags want to add more size. Hurns is 6-foot-3; Taylor is 6-0.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Jensen flashed during OTAs and gets the edge over three other players. He’s a big kid (6-6, 270) who is a raw version of Lewis, one of the league’s best blocking tight ends. Jensen will need a year or two to develop and likely will be used as an extra blocker more than a pass-catcher.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Some of the battles for starting jobs along the line are going to be intriguing during camp. Joeckel and Beadles are safe, but every other spot is up for grabs. Even Pasztor, who started 12 games last season, is uncertain because we don’t know how his surgically repaired shoulder will hold up during camp. If it’s fine, then he will win the starting job at right tackle. McClendon and Linder are battling for the right guard spot, and Brewster is going to have to hold off Bowanko and two others to be the starter at center. Bradfield has value because he can play both tackle spots.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

This should be the biggest upgraded position on the roster thanks to the additions of Clemons, Bryant and Hood. Despite public perception, Alualu isn’t on the bubble for two reasons: He played solidly last season, and there really isn’t anyone else on the roster as talented as he is to back up Bryant. The Jags are excited about Smith, who could end up playing more than Davis as the No. 3 LEO (hybrid end/linebacker) by the time the season is over.

LINEBACKERS (6)

Either John Lotulelei or J.T. Thomas, two key special teams players last season, could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes’ surgically repaired knee doesn’t respond well. Reynolds did a solid job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new OTTO position (replaces strongside linebacker).

CORNERBACKS (5)

The Jags will have to decide whether to keep fourth-year player Mike Harris or Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-2, 185-pound Jeremy Harris is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith’s final draft class. Blackmon has been working inside as well, which also makes Mike Harris expendable. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)
Chris Prosinski has seemingly been a bubble player since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, but there is too much competition for him to survive this time. Martin started 36 games for Carolina in his first five seasons, and that experience gives him the edge. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but though he might lose his starting job to Guy, he’s likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
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 is going to have a lot to prove in camp.

WR Tandon Doss

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Why he'll make the team: The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Doss is a bigger receiver, which is something the Jaguars need. Only second-round pick Allen Robinson (6-3, 210) and undrafted rookie Allen Hurns (6-3, 195) are bigger. He's also one of the more experienced receivers on the roster. He has 26 catches in three seasons, and while that doesn't sound like a lot it ranks fourth on the team behind Cecil Shorts (123), Ace Sanders (51) and Mike Brown (32). Doss brings additional value as a returner. He led the NFL in punt return average (15.3 yards per return) and had an 82-yarder for a touchdown. He also was a standout kick returner in college (he set an Indiana single-season record for kickoff return yardage in 2010) and can compete with Jordan Todman for that role.

Why he should be worried: He missed much of OTAs and the three-day minicamp because of a calf injury. The Jaguars already have a receiver who can't seem to stay healthy for an entire season (Shorts has missed 11 games in his three seasons). Doss was one of seven receivers who missed significant time this offseason and that allowed players like Kerry Taylor, Chad Bumphis and Hurns to get extended reps. Hurns in particular has caught the eye of the coaching staff and is going to get an extended look during training camp. As a receiver, Doss was inconsistent in his two seasons in Baltimore and was given several chances to establish himself as the Ravens' No. 3 receiver and didn't get it done.

The bottom line: Though he was one of the free agents the team signed in March, Doss signed a two-year contract worth $1.505 million ($65,000 guaranteed) and his base salary will $645,000 in 2014 and $745,000 in 2015. That means the team didn't invest much in him at all and it wouldn't hurt to cut him if he underperforms. Doss has to stay healthy in camp and make an impact on special teams to secure his role. The Jags are set with their top four receivers -- Shorts, Sanders, Robinson and second-round pick Marqise Lee -- so Doss is competing with several players for the last two spots.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars return to the practice fields for a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday-Thursday. The workouts on Tuesday (10:40 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET) and Wednesday (10:55 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. ET) are open to the public but fans must register at Jaguars.com.

Here are five things to watch during the minicamp:

The health of the receivers: At one point the Jaguars were down seven receivers because of injuries, which forced the team to sign undrafted rookie Brandon Wimberly and claim Kevin Smith off waivers from Arizona. That really impacted the offense during the final two weeks of organized team activities because the Jaguars were forced to rely on undrafted rookies, former practice squad players, and only one receiver who had caught a pass in a game (Kerry Taylor). Mike Brown (groin) and Ace Sanders (hamstring) returned to the field last Thursday and Cecil Shorts (calf) said he was hoping to return this week. The status of second-round picks Allen Robinson (hamstring) and Marqise Lee (ankle), Tandon Doss (calf), and Lamaar Thomas (knee) won't be known until Tuesday.

The running back battle: Denard Robinson, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson are fighting for playing time behind starter Toby Gerhart. Robinson looked very good in OTAs and dropped just one pass in the nine workouts -- a significant improvement from his rookie year. Johnson was impressive as well, but he still has to prove he can take care of the ball and can pass block. Todman is the only proven player behind Gerhart but he's going to have to hold off Robinson and Johnson to stay No. 2.

Blake Bortles' progress: After a shaky performance early in OTAs the Jaguars' first-round draft pick bounced back nicely and finished strong. Coach Gus Bradley said Bortles is beginning to look more poised in the huddle and on the field. The interesting thing to watch is how comfortable he is getting with the offense. He's had time to assimilate what they've installed so far so he should be more decisive in his decisions and throws when they run that part of the offense. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and Frank Scelfo are working with Bortles on his lower-body mechanics as well, which should help with velocity and accuracy.

Branching out: Defensive end Andre Branch is one the players that Bradley has consistently praised throughout OTAs. It's hard to judge offensive and defensive linemen until the pads go on, but Branch's quickness off the ball has been noticeable. Branch may never be the elite pass-rusher the Jaguars envisioned when they took him in the second round in 2012 but he's far from the bust he looked like in the first season-and-a-half of his career.

Center of attention: I get a lot of Jaguars fans absolutely crushing center Mike Brewster in my weekly chats, but Bradley said he did solid work in OTAs. Again, it's hard to tell how well linemen are playing until they're in full pads, but the fact that Bradley has praised Brewster should be encouraging.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars got a little more help at receiver on Thursday.

Ace Sanders and Mike Brown, who were among the team's top seven receivers sitting out organized team activities because of injuries, returned to the practice field for the first time in a week. While Sanders and Brown were glad to be back, an even happier person was quarterback Chad Henne.

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"Yeah, it was nice," Henne said. "I’m sure the other guys were happy, too, to get a little break out there.

"It is a big deal [to get those players back]. I think if we had most of our guys out here it would definitely be beneficial, beneficial for the quarterbacks, for them to learn the offense as well, see different coverages and route adjustments. It would definitely be beneficial for them to be out there.”

Sanders (hamstring) and Brown (groin) will be fine for next week's three-day mandatory minicamp. Cecil Shorts (calf) was held out this week as a precaution, but should be back on the field as well.

The status of the other four injured receivers -- Allen Robinson (hamstring), Marqise Lee (ankle), Lamar Thomas (knee) and Tandon Doss (calf) -- won't be known until next week.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars need healthy receivers and they found one on Thursday afternoon by claiming Kevin Smith off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals.

The undrafted rookie caught 72 passes for 1,059 yards in four seasons at Washington. He was waived by the Cardinals on Wednesday. To make room on the roster the Jaguars cut long snapper Trevor Gillette.

Smith should get plenty of work immediately because Jaguars receivers have been besieged by injuries. Seven sat out Thursday's organized team activities, including Cecil Shorts (calf) and second-round draft picks Allen Robinson (hamstring) and Marqise Lee (ankle).

Kerry Taylor, former practice squad player Chad Bumphis, undrafted rookies Damian Copeland and Allen Hurns took all the reps on Tuesday and Thursday. Taylor is the only healthy receiver that has caught a pass in a game. He has 22 catches for 229 yards.

That lack of depth has been somewhat of a hindrance during OTAs.

"It just stalls things because we're not going to run a play and have [them] miss alignments so we just get them aligned and now we run the play," coach Gus Bradley said. "It just slowed down the tempo a little bit but that's OK at this point."

It also is a bit taxing physically on the healthy receivers because they aren't able to take plays off, although the Jaguars did more work with multiple tight ends on Thursday.

In addition to Shorts, Robinson and Lee, the Jaguars are also without Mike Brown (groin), Tandon Doss (calf), Ace Sanders (thigh) and Lamaar Thomas (knee).

None of the injuries are serious, although Robinson could miss several weeks. Lee is expected to be back late next week and Shorts is hoping to return Monday.

"I'm going to try to. We'll see what happens," Shorts said. "… No need to rush anything."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The final period of each OTA workout is what Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley calls the opportunity period. It’s a time when young players or players deep on the depth chart get a chance to get some reps.

Tuesday’s entire OTA pretty much counted as an opportunity period for the young receivers. The Jaguars began the workout with six receivers sitting out because of injuries, and then lost Cecil Shorts because of stiffness in his calf.

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None of the injuries are considered serious, although rookie Allen Robinson could miss several weeks with a hamstring pull, but losing the top six receivers certainly impacted the workout.

"To say we ignored it or just moved on [would be incorrect]," Bradley said. "Once we adjusted practice we just moved forward. I really thought those young receivers competed really well. They did a great job.

"For us trying to take advantage of seeing those guys, I think we did that."

In addition to Robinson, Marqise Lee (ankle), Mike Brown (groin), Ace Sanders (thigh), Tandon Doss (calf) and Lamaar Thomas (knee) also did not practice. Shorts left the field in the second half of the workout.

That allowed former practice squad players Kerry Taylor and Chad Bumphis, and undrafted rookies Allen Hurns and Damian Copeland to get the bulk of the reps. That additional work is certainly beneficial to those four, who are fighting to earn a spot as the fifth or sixth receiver. Shorts, Lee, Robinson and Sanders are pretty much locked in as the top four, and the remaining seven players are competing for two spots.

Though it is unusual to see one position group affected so severely, it does happen. Cincinnati, for example, is holding out its top two tight ends from OTAs because of injuries. The Jaguars also battled injuries at receiver last season, and didn’t have Shorts for the final three games because of a sports hernia.

Missing significant time, though, would hurt Lee and Robinson the most. The second-round picks are trying to learn the offense, and the loss of valuable reps will only make that harder. Robinson’s hamstring injury might cost him two or more weeks. Lee was wearing a protective boot on his foot Tuesday, but that is to immobilize the joint and speed the healing process, so it doesn’t appear he’ll miss much time.

The Jaguars have another OTA on Thursday, four next week, and then a mandatory minicamp June 17-19 before breaking for the summer. It would be a surprise if anyone but Robinson missed the minicamp.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One of the expected battles of training camp has already started to play out for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first week of OTAs.

Seven players are fighting for two remaining spots at receiver behind Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. There are guys who were on the team last season, some practice squad guys, a veteran free-agent signing, and some undrafted free agents all trying to make the 53-man roster.

"That’s going to be a fierce competition throughout [the summer]," coach Gus Bradley said after Thursday’s OTA.

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AP Photo/John RaouxThe Jaguars' receivers, including Marqise Lee, have been competing hard during OTAs this week, coach Gus Bradley said.
Since this is the first week of OTAs, it’s still a pretty wide open race. It would be logical to assume that Mike Brown, Kerry Taylor and Tandon Doss have a bit of an advantage since Brown and Taylor were on the team last season and the Jaguars signed Doss to a two-year, $1.5 million contract in March.

Brown caught 32 passes for 446 yards and two touchdowns and Taylor caught 19 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown playing mainly near the end of the season because of the suspension of Justin Blackmon and Shorts’ season-ending sports hernia injury. Doss has only 26 receptions in his first three seasons with Baltimore but did lead the NFL in punt return average in 2013.

Special-teams play could be the deciding factor on which receivers the Jaguars keep, Bradley said.

"My challenge to our guys is -- especially like the fourth, fifth and sixth spots -- those guys have got to be really good special-teams players," Bradley said. "The competition you’re seeing really even takes place on special teams because they know how valuable that is, so there’s a number of guys in there that are really battling. A guy like Tandon Doss had a really good day [Wednesday], so you’re seeing each one of them really try to maximize their reps."

Bradley really lit up when talking about Brown, praising his work ethic and leadership. The former quarterback at Liberty missed four games after suffering a fractured vertebra in his back in the 2013 season opener but was impressive in his return. He was on the field for all but five of the Jaguars’ offensive snaps against Denver despite only having practiced minimally because of his injury. The following week he caught five passes for 120 yards, including a career-high 43-yarder.

"Mike Brown is really, really solid," Bradley said. "That’s what I would have said last year, but I feel like he’s stepped up his game because of the competition. He’s really taking command and you’re seeing him lead other guys at that position. That in itself tells me he has a better command of things, but he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now."

Brown doesn’t worry about whether that gives him an edge over Doss and Taylor or any of the other players competing for the final two spots: 2013 practice squad players Chad Bumphis and Lamaar Thomas (who also played in two games) and undrafted rookie free- agents Allen Hurns and Damian Copeland.

"It’s the same thing every year," Brown said. "That’s one thing I love about this game. It’s all about competition. We’re all in here competing together, helping each other get better. Our focus is on being the best that we can be personally. Ultimately we don’t control the outcome of who’s here or who’s not, so there’s no use in even really thinking about it.

"You just go out there and you put your best foot forward and you get yourself to be the best that you can be and you kind of live with how it plays out. That’s the mindset you’ve got to take."

Brown, Taylor and Doss have gotten a lot of work during the first week of OTAs. The Jaguars have created what Bradley is calling an "opportunity period" specifically for the younger, less-experienced players to gain additional reps at the end of each workout. Hurns, Copeland and Bumphis have benefited from that extra work. Thomas had limited participation this week because of a knee injury.

There’s a long way to go before any kind of final decision and it will undoubtedly heat up during training camp, but the battle for those final receiver spots will be interesting to watch.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars begin organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday. While the players are only allowed to wear helmets and are restricted to six hours of work per day it marks the first time the veterans and rookies will be together, so it’s the first chance to get a glimpse at how the team may look in September.

Here are five things to ponder during the 10 OTAs and mandatory minicamp over the next four weeks:

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The running back depth chart: Despite the Jaguars' confidence in Toby Gerhart, there is still some doubt among those outside the team over his ability to be a feature back. He has not done it since his days at Stanford, spending the past four seasons backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. The plan is around 20 touches per game, but if he’s not able to handle that workload or be productive, there are not a whole lot of options behind him. Second-year player Jordan Todman, who backed up Maurice Jones-Drew last season and ran for 109 yards in his only start of the season, is the only proven ball carrier behind Gerhart. Denard Robinson has to fix his ball security issues. Seventh-round pick Storm Johnson has quickly become a fan favorite, but he was taken that late for a reason. Moments after drafting him, coach Gus Bradley said Johnson really struggles in pass protection and he also has trouble holding onto the football. After Johnson, it’s undrafted rookies Beau Blankenship and Terrance Cobb.

Who’s No. 5-6? There are four locks to make the team at receiver: Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. After that, there’s a wide-open competition for the fifth and sixth spots between Mike Brown, Kerry Taylor, Chad Bumphis, Damian Copeland, Tandon Doss, Allen Hurns and Lamaar Thomas. Doss has more career catches (26) than any of the others, plus he’s got good size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds). However, his issue in Baltimore the past three seasons was running routes consistently and drops. He is a solid kick returner and that gives him an advantage over the others. Brown and Taylor were on the roster last season and have valuable experience in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch’s system, but so does Hurns, a former Miami standout who played two seasons under Fisch as the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator.

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Bortles vs. Henne: It’s not really a competition between first-round pick Blake Bortles and veteran Chad Henne at this point, but it will be interesting to see them throwing together. The thing to watch will be the 11-on-11, in which Henne should have a significant advantage. He is completely comfortable in the offense and therefore his throws should be quicker and more decisive. If Bortles looks comparable, that may be a clue the competition in training camp may start off closer than most anticipated.

Joeckel’s return: Luke Joeckel spent only about a quarter at left tackle before suffering a fractured ankle that kept him out for the rest of the 2013 season. He spent all of training camp and the first four weeks at right tackle, so this will essentially be his rookie season at left tackle. Defensive coordinator Bob Babich will at times put four leos on the field on third down, so it’ll be interesting to watch Joeckel match up against some of the pass-rushers. One matchup I’d like to see is Joeckel vs. rookie Chris Smith, who doesn't have prototypical leo size (he’s 6-1) but has long arms and is very quick off the line. The Jaguars want to see Joeckel play the way he did before getting injured against St. Louis when he pretty much stoned Robert Quinn, who went on to record 19 sacks last season.

Safety dance: Johnathan Cyprien is the starting strong safety. That’s set in stone. But the situation at free safety is less certain. Josh Evans (sixth round) and Winston Guy (waiver wire) shared the spot last season, but the Jaguars signed a pair of undrafted rookies -- Craig Loston and Jerome Junior -- to compete with Evans and Guy along with Chris Prosinski, Joe Young and Sherrod Martin. Evans really shouldn’t have been on the field as much as he was last season but was forced into action because of an injury to Dwight Lowery in Week 3. That experience should give him an advantage going into OTAs. This position battle will be one of the more interesting ones to watch throughout training camp and preseason.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Wide receiver Allen Robinson

Round drafted (pick): Second (No. 61 overall).

Height and weight: 6-feet-3, 220 pounds.

Stat(s) to know: Despite catching only three passes as a Penn State freshman in 2011, Robinson is second in school history with 177 receptions. His 2,474 receiving yards ranks third and his 17 touchdown catches are fourth. ... He is one of only two receivers in school history to record 1,000-yard seasons (2012 and 2013). Bobby Engram did it in 1993 and 1995. ... His 77 catches in 2012 broke the school record of 63 (Engram and O.J. McDuffie) and he topped that with 97 catches in 2013.

Where he fits: Robinson gives the Jaguars something they haven't had since Matt Jones -- a big receiver. He's more physical than Jones, though, and that's an added plus. Most of the Jaguars' experienced receivers are 6-0 or shorter (free-agent acquisition Tandon Doss is 6-2 but he has just 19 catches in three seasons) so Robinson adds another element to the offense. He's going to be especially useful in the red zone, where the quarterback can throw the ball up and let him go get it. With his frame, 37-inch vertical jump, and long arms (32 inches), Robinson will be tough to cover. He has experience in Bill O'Brien's pro-style offense so that should help ease his transition.

Concern(s): He doesn't have blazing speed and he needs to become more fluid in his route running. He also needs to get stronger and work on catching the ball with his hands on the shorter routes instead of catching it with his body.

Rookie projection: Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee and Ace Sanders are the top three receivers and Robinson will have to battle Mike Brown and Kerry Taylor for the No. 4 spot. His size gives him the advantage there, and it's likely he'll be on the field when the Jaguars are in the red zone. He may need a little more seasoning than Lee, so that will keep his production down a bit: 30-40 catches seems reasonable.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars begin offseason conditioning on Wednesday. There is minimal on-field work allowed and only strength and conditioning coaches are allowed on the field, so there's not much football coaching going on.

But this is the first look at the 2014 Jaguars. They'll look a lot different after next month’s draft, but here’s an early look at the offensive depth chart. The defensive depth chart will appear Tuesday:

Henne
Quarterback

Starter: Chad Henne.
Reserves: Ricky Stanzi, Matt Scott.

The Jaguars are going to draft at least one quarterback, but the job belongs to Henne. GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have said they don’t want a rookie quarterback to play right away. They want him to take the time to learn the game while not having to worry about winning games each week. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Stanzi the second active quarterback for the first part of the season.

Gerhart
Running back

Starter: Toby Gerhart.
Reserves: Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson, Delone Carter.

Gerhart was signed to replace Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars believe he can be an every-down back. He’s never done it at the NFL level, though he was a beast at Stanford, so there’s an element of uncertainty. The plan is 15-20 touches per game. The player everyone is watching is Robinson, who struggled holding onto the ball last season. This will certainly be a make-or-break offseason for him. Expect the Jaguars to draft a back as well.

Fullback

Starter: Will Ta’ufo’ou.
Reserves: Shaun Chapas, Bradie Ewing.

The Jaguars claimed Ewing in late March. He was a fifth-round pick of Atlanta in 2012 but missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL. He played in two games last season before being placed on IR with a shoulder injury. The fullback wasn’t really involved in the offense in 2013. That may change if the talent level improves.

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Tight end

Starter: Marcedes Lewis.
Reserves: Danny Noble, Clay Harbor, Brandon Barden.

Lewis really came on in the last third of the 2013 season and should be a 50-catch guy in 2014. Harbor is a flex tight end and is better used off the line of scrimmage. Noble had the big catch-and-run against Arizona but otherwise was a blocker. This position needs another weapon, but it’s probably not going to be that high of a priority in the draft.

Wide receiver

Starters: Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders.
Reserves: Mike Brown, Kerry Taylor, Chad Bumphis, Stephen Burton, Tandon Doss, Jeremy Ebert, Lamaar Thomas, Stephen Williams.

This is a position the Jaguars are sure to address in the draft as well. Outside of Shorts, Sanders and Brown, the Jaguars have little experience and not much production. Justin Blackmon is still suspended and the Jaguars aren't counting on anything from him. Doss had more success as a kick returner than receiver in Baltimore and that's likely to continue in Jacksonville. The Jaguars need a big, physical receiver as well as someone who can demand double teams and free up other receivers to make plays. They could find all of that in Sammy Watkins at No. 3.

Offensive line

Starters: LT Luke Joeckel, LG Zane Beadles, C Mike Brewster, RG Will Rackley, RT Austin Pasztor.
Reserves: OT/G Cameron Bradfield, OT Sam Young, C Matt Stankiewitch, G Jacques McClendon, G Stephane Milhim, G Drew Nowak, OT DeMarcus Love.

The question marks are Brewster and Rackley because they’re going to have to hold off challenges from guys already on the roster, as well as any rookies. The Jaguars nearly landed Alex Mack in free agency but when the Cleveland Browns matched the Jaguars’ offer sheet, Brewster inherited the starting job. Caldwell and Bradley publicly said they have confidence in Brewster, a third-year player from Ohio State who suffered a fractured ankle in Week 15, but that was before they signed Mack to an offer sheet. Rackley struggled last season, but he deserves credit for playing much of the season with a knee injury. Expect the Jaguars to draft a center and a guard and bring in several undrafted free agents to compete at those spots. Bradfield started 25 games at right and left tackle but also can play guard, which makes him a valuable reserve.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars player Richard Collier, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2008 shooting, is pretty busy these days.

He's not only working out and spending time with his foundation, The Spirit Strong, he's got his hands full with twin sons born April 10.

"Sometimes I just hold them and look at them and I'm just amazed," Collier told the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino. "I think God for everything. I've been blessed. It's almost six years since I got hurt and I couldn't even imagine the life I have right now. I didn't think it could get any better, but it keeps getting better."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran writes that the Jaguars released linebacker Russell Allen after he failed a physical.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has words of praise for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks broke down four potential draft-day trades, including one in which the Jaguars trade back into the first round to select Derek Carr.

Receiver Tandon Doss was arrested in Indianapolis for disorderly conduct but he will not face charges.

Free-agent review: Tandon Doss

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WR Tandon Doss

Contract details: He signed a two-year deal worth $1.505 million ($65,000 guaranteed). He received a $65,000 signing bonus and his base salary will be $645,000 in 2014 and $745,000 in 2015.

What's to like: Doss gives the Jacksonville Jaguars one thing they've been missing for several years: A big, physical receiver who has actually been somewhat productive on the field. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Doss caught 26 passes the past two seasons in Baltimore, including 19 catches for 305 yards last season. He made his biggest impact on special teams, though, leading the NFL in punt return yardage. He also was a standout kick returner in college (he set an Indiana single-season record for kickoff return yardage in 2010) and he'll compete with Jordan Todman in that role.

What's concerning: Though he averaged 16.5 yards per catch in his two seasons in Baltimore he really hasn't made much of an impact. It will be hard for him to find playing time on offense behind Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown and Kerry Taylor.

From ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley: “Tandon Doss is an effective punt returner but an inconsistent receiver. When Jacoby Jones went down last season, Doss had a chance to establish himself as the team's No. 3 receiver and struggled to make any impact. His size is decent, his route-running is average, and his hands are unreliable. Doss led the NFL in punt-return average last season, but the Ravens phased him out of that role when he muffed a punt that led to a critical touchdown in Cleveland. He still has upside but the Ravens weren't interested in investing any more time in him."
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jaguars coach Gus Bradley would like to be able to sit down with suspended receiver Justin Blackmon and have a conversation the way they did during Blackmon's early-season suspension in 2013.

But the two have had only minimal contact via text messages because NFL rules prohibit Blackmon from visiting the team's facility while serving an indefinite suspension for his third violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

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"I wish I could have a more extended conversation with him," Bradley said Tuesday. "My feelings toward him haven't changed. I still care about him.

"To be able to sit down and visit with him, that part I miss."

That used to be a regular occurrence. They would sit down each week during the season and have conversations that sometimes lasted more than an hour. Most of those talks had nothing to do with football. But Bradley hasn't had any contact with Blackmon for several weeks.

Bradley had heard that Blackmon was back in Jacksonville and that was confirmed when he heard about Blackmon's early-morning, one-car accident on March 15.

The Jaguars are still unsure of Blackmon's availability for the 2014 season -- he will be able to petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement before the season begins -- and the team is planning on being without him.

The Jaguars already added receiver Tandon Doss in free agency and Bradley said the team will likely draft at least one more receiver.

"It's something that we will address," Bradley said. "We looked at [Emmanuel] Sanders and didn't get him. Somewhere in those 11 picks, yeah, you'll probably see us take a wide receiver. We'll see. We've got to take best available."
The Jacksonville Jaguars improved their roster during the first week of free agency, but that didn't improve their chances of winning the Super Bowl.

Bovada.Iv released its updated Super Bowl odds on Tuesday and the Jaguars came in at 150-1, the longest odds in the NFL. However, the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran writes that Bovada.Iv had the Jaguars' odds at 100-1 before the start of free agency.

He also recaps the top five, bottom five and AFC South teams on the list.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The T-U's Jeff Elliott reports that the Jaguars are moving their radio coverage from WOKV (690 AM) to WJXL (1010 AM)/WGNE (99.5 FM). The team also is dropping WTEV-TV 47 as its official station for WJXT TV-4.

The Jaguars finally found a big receiver, signing former Baltimore Raven Tandon Doss on Tuesday.

NFL.com's Charles Davis has the Jaguars taking outside linebacker Khalil Mack in his mock draft 4.0.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco has the Jaguars taking defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in his fifth mock draft.

ESPN.com Seahawks reporter Terry Blount makes a compelling case for the NFL to ditch the PAT.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The signing of free agent Tandon Doss gives the Jacksonville Jaguars one thing they’ve been missing for several years: A big, physical receiver that has actually been productive on the field.

Doss
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Doss caught 26 passes the past two seasons in Baltimore. The Ravens took him in the fourth round in 2011 after he had a standout career at Indiana. He caught 154 passes for 1,854 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career and set a single-season school record for kickoff return yardage as a senior in 2010. He led the Big Ten and was fourth nationally with 175.8 all-purpose yards that season.

Doss had 19 catches for 305 yards for the Ravens last season, and averaged 16.5 yards per catch in his two seasons in Baltimore.

The Jaguars do have two big receivers on the roster, but neither has done much on the field. Stephen Burton (6-1, 224) played in four games for the Jaguars in 2013 and has 15 catches in three seasons with the Jaguars and Minnesota. Stephen Williams (6-5, 207) appeared in just two games for the Jaguars last season and has just nine catches in four seasons with Arizona, Seattle and Jacksonville.

The NFL trending toward bigger cornerbacks makes finding bigger receivers a priority. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said last week that the team would try to add one in free agency and also might draft one.

This is a deep draft for receivers, and the Jaguars did work with Alabama’s Kevin Norwood (6-2, 208) at the Senior Bowl.

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