After one of the busiest days in franchise history, the Jacksonville Jaguars went into Tuesday evening having signed a handful of players who should make an immediate impact come week 1 of the 2015 NFL regular season. Julius Thomas, Jared Odrick, Davon House, and Jermey Parnell will all come in and start and should be upgrades at their positions.
While the Jaguars were about as active as a team could be in free agency this past weekend, they weren’t able to snag every player they were targeting – but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. David Caldwell recently spoke with Mike Dempsey of 1010XL on Wedensday afternoon, and he talked about which players they were targeting. Two of their top 5 guys – Devin McCourty and Randall Cobb – didn’t even make it to the open market.
Three out of five certainly isn’t bad, especially when the two targets they missed out on turned down more money to remain with their current teams. McCourty would have been a great addition at a position of dire need, but signing three more players who could possibly start is a good consolation prize.
The Jaguars said they were going to be aggressive in free agency and they weren’t blowing smoke. They signed the top tight end in the free agent class, one of the top defensive lineman, one of the top 2 or 3 young offensive lineman, and they acquired guys who at the very least provide depth in Dan Skuta, Davon House, and Sergio Brown. The team isn’t done either, as they are still in hot pursuit of Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
The Jaguars are swinging big this offseason, and it’s encouraging to see them hitting a few home runs. The talent acquisitions made this weekend should pay big dividends this fall when the team takes the field.
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