The off-season churns on in Jacksonville, and their situation at quarterback continues to get more curious. Just days after trading for Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Cody Kessler, the Jaguars are clearly still looking for another veteran for insurance behind Blake Bortles.
And, what does this mean for the possibility of drafting a quarterback at the end of the first round or at least early come the end of April? More on that in a bit.
First, as Field Yates of ESPN reported on Monday afternoon, the Jaguars are working out veterans Kellen Clemens and Austin Davis. Both of whom have starting experience and have been long-time backups in the league.
The Jaguars, who have just two quarterbacks on the roster (and Blake Bortles is recovering from wrist surgery), tried out veteran Abs Kellen Clemens and Austin Davis. Depth level options.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 2, 2018
Obviously, the Jaguars are giving the outward sign that they’re still looking for another veteran presence to come to training camp. Clemens is older (34) than Davis (28) and more experienced. Also worth noting, Clemens, who’s started 21 games with an 8-13 record, has been behind Phillip Rivers with the Chargers since 2014. He’s a backup that is only playing, if needed in a pinch.
And, in a lot of ways that mirrors Chad Henne, the backup of the last few years in Jacksonville.
Also it’s entirely possible that the Jaguars are looking to have competition for the veteran backup come this July and August. And also, that they are purposely sending mixed signals to confuse other teams about what they would be drafting.
And that brings us back to whether or not they would be interested in drafting someone likes a Lamar Jackson of Louisville or Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State at the end of the first round?
Bearing in mind that Blake Bortles is a new contract extension has most of the guaranteed money in the first year of the deal, it certainly leave the options open for Jacksonville to do something with a young quarterback in the draft
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