The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback competition began with a veteran minicamp before the NFL Draft. Jaguars quarterbacks Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert are the presumptive leaders in what really became a four-man competition with the additions of undrafted free agents Jordan Rodgers of Vanderbilt and Matt Scott of Arizona. With this weekend rookie minicamp Rodgers and Scott began their own QB competition as they fight for a roster spot.
While there was a third first year player at practice on Friday, Kawaun Jakes of Western Kentucky seems to be more of an afterthought when talking about the competition for the Jaguars are the game’s most important position.
Scott and Jordan had tough conditions to throw in with the rain and some strong gusts of wind which made it hard for them to impress. Scott, who looked to be a late-round draft pick but slid out of the draft entirely, impressed head coach Gus Bradley during practice, according to senior Jaguars.com writer John Oehser. ”It looked like he had a good skill set,” said Bradley. He added that he was excited to see how he progresses.
If the reports from day one are that Scott appears to have been better, then Rodgers will have to up his game in order to remain in the conversation for a potential third quarterback spot in 2013. There are no guarantees that the team carries three QBs, but if they do it will be because either Scott or Rodgers really impressed.
Scott was intercepted by second-round pick Johnathan Cyprien during practice as well.
The QB competition will be heating up all offseason. We’ll see if either rookie quarterback can push Henne and Gabbert to just get better.
- Luke N. Sims
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