With less than two weeks until rookies report for training camp on July 22nd, the Jaguars finally inked Ace Sanders to a four-year contract. Selected in the fourth round, Ace Sanders can add an element of explosiveness to the Jaguars’ return game and at the slot receiver position. Sanders comprises half of a one-two punch David Caldwell performed in his first draft. Lacking playmakers and overall speed, Caldwell went back-to-back rounds drafting Sanders and “offensive weapon” Denard Robinson out of Michigan.
Sanders’ game is more about quickness and wiggle than top-end speed. His combine 40 yard dash time wasn’t overwhelming (4.58 seconds), but his 60 yard shuttle was one of the best this year.
Awesome that Ace Sanders signed. Evans is due. I love the core of new young talent we got. The new foundation has been poured. #Jaguars
— Peffer (@KevinPeffer) July 11, 2013
Under normal circumstances, a fourth round pick with Ace Sanders skill set would usually come in and mostly return kicks and punts. Unfortunately Sanders is going to have to step up and play a bigger role in the offense immediately due to Justin Blackmon’s four game suspension.
With Mohamed Massaquoi likely taking over the starting wide receiver position across from Cecil Shorts III, Sanders will have to compete with Jordan Shipley and whoever else makes the roster for that increasingly important third wide receiver position.
With the Ace Sanders signing, the only remaining unsigned pick is sixth-round safety Josh Evans.
- Daniel Lago
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