With the actual free agent signing period closing in on Tuesday afternoon, the Jacksonville Jaguars continued to make a splash with a big move late Monday night. The team has reportedly acquired free agent tight end Julius Thomas.
After signing some more low-key guys in offensive tackle Jermey Parnell and defensive tackle Jared Odrick, the Jaguars have signed arguably the second best overall player available in free agency. While it was disappointing to see other targets like wide receiver Randall Cobb and free safety Devin McCourty re-up with their own teams before reaching the market, it’s extremely encouraging to see the Jaguars luring in one of the most coveted players on the market. Over the course of the last 2 seasons, Thomas has racked up an incredible 24 touchdowns, including an unprecedented stretch of 9 touchdowns in the first 5 games of the 2014 season.
The Jaguars have never really had a true receiving threat at tight end, and Thomas immediately becomes the most talented and productive player on offense. His ability to draw coverage in the passing game should pair with current Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis’ dwindling-but-still competent inline blocking.
None of the signings become official until the contracts are inked on Tuesday, but it’s time to get excited about what the Jaguars have done so far.
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