Dec 23, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Montell Owens (24) runs the ball as he is defended by New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (24) and cornerback Marquice Cole (23) during the first half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

So Long Montell Owens!

Montell Owens has been a favorite among Jaguars fans for some time.  He doesn’t get a lot of attention because he is a special teams player, but he was a hard working player who was recognized for his efforts (two Pro Bowls) and, surprisingly, managed to play running back better than every other back on the roster last season.

Owens was released by the Jags on Thursday.  He was released because, as John Oehser of the team’s website puts it, the timing just wasn’t right.  I agree.  The timing just wasn’t right to have a special teams player with limited offensive potential on the roster, especially when the team is trying to build around core players.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate the time he spent in Jacksonville or the hard work he put in for the franchise.

Owens holds the franchise record for special teams tackles (118).  He is still a great special teams player and could probably work his way into the running back depth chart on another team that is weaker at the position.  He should have a chance to bounce back with another team, but we’ll see as the offseason progresses.

Thanks for the good years, Montell!

- Luke N. Sims

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  • Zain Gowani

    I’ll miss this dude. He laid his heart on the line every play. It’s true, the timing wasnt right. At the same time I can’t help but think, on a young team like this, what better role model is there than a veteran player that busts his butt when he’s on the field and when his role expands he’s ready to contribute (the guy averaged five yards a carry last year on a team that could barely run the ball). I guess that’s the idealist fan in me that watches too much basketball, where that role is (and can be) appreciated more.
    I hope Owens the best – he’s a balls-to-the-wall kinda guy and those are the kinda guys that represent the Jaguars best.

    • LukeNSims

      Yeah. He deserved a lot more attention. Besides, who else from the team will make the Pro Bowl if not a special teams ace?

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