In their attempt to fill the void left by the loss of top wideout Allen Robinson, the Jaguars have tapped into a blood line that has so far produced a three-time Super Bowl champion and a Heisman Trophy runner-up.
What they culled from it was undrafted first-year wide receiver Max McCaffrey, the son of Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of Christian McCaffrey, the 2015 Heisman runner up who was drafted eighth overall by the Panthers last spring.
Max hasn’t make anywhere near the kind of splash on the football field that his father did or his younger brother has but he’s had a few notable moments, the biggest of which was probably at his pro day.
McCaffrey was flying well under the radar of most NFL scouts until he ran a blistering 4.36-second 40-yard dash while his father and brother looked on during Duke University’s 2016 pro day.
That outing didn’t get the older McCaffrey drafted but it did earn him a look from the Oakland Raiders, who signed him as an undrafted free agent, and later from the Green Bay Packers.
McCaffrey joined the Packers in December of last season and was promoted to the Packers active roster for their NFC title game this past January but he didn’t play.
McCaffrey was waived by the Packers just before the beginning of the season and was picked up by the Saints, but the Jaguars signed him away from New Orleans practice squad.
It’s likely that for the time being at least, McCaffrey will compete with rookie Keelan Cole for the right to work in behind Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee and Arrelious Benn in the Jaguars wideout rotation.
The signing of McCaffrey, who caught 117 passes for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns at Duke, coincided with the team’s decision to place Robinson on injured reserve so it leaves Jacksonville with 53 players.