Free Agent TE James O’Shaughnessy returns to the Jaguars
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced they have re-signed tight end James O’Shaughnessy to a deal on Thursday, adding depth at the position.
Per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, the Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed tight end James O’Shaughnessy, the team announced Thursday.
This will O’Shaughnessy’s third season with the team. He led the Jaguars tight ends with 24 catches for 214 yards in 2018. He became the starter at the position by default after both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul went down with season-ending injuries. Neither player will be on the team’s roster this season.
James O’Shaughnessy adds depth to one of the team’s weakest positions this offseason. The team announced it had signed former Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim last week. The only other tight end of the team’s roster who received any real amount of playing time last season was Ben Koyack.
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"“O’Shaughnessy caught 38 passes for 363 yards and one touchdown as a reserve the past two seasons with the Jaguars after spending the previous two seasons with Kansas City,” DiRocco wrote."
The Jaguars may still address the tight end position in the NFL Draft in April. As GM David Caldwell eluded to when he spoke to the media a week ago, the team will look at all options with regard to the position. It is believed the first tight end who will be drafted is Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson. His teammate, Noah Fant is also believed to be a high draft pick and could go in the first round as well.
The Jaguars could take someone at that position with the No. 7 pick or hope that a player who they have ranked highly on their draft board is available when the team drafts in the second round with the 38th pick.
O’Shaughnessy figures to get plenty of opportunities in the gameplan created by new offensive coordinator John DiFilippo, who has Zach Ertz to work with at Philadelphia before he moved on to Minnesota as their offensive coordinator.
Kyle Rudolph was a major part of the Vikings passing attack.
For O’Shaughnessy, it’s a chance to remain with a team he is familiar with.
"“I knew once I came to Duval a couple of years ago this is kind of the place I wanted to be,” O’Shaughnessy said shortly after signing at TIAA Bank Field Thursday. “From the team environment, to people I work with every day, they made it fun for me to come to work. …“I’m very happy to be back in Duval.”"