Will the Jacksonville Jaguars seek a veteran QB after the NFL Draft?
Will the Jacksonville Jaguars add a quarterback to the roster after the team is done with the NFL Draft?
The Jacksonville Jaguars might be content with Gardner Minshew and Joshua Dobbs on the roster prior to the NFL Draft, but that does not mean the front office won’t draft one if the opportunity arises in two weeks. It’s also possible the team may try to sign a veteran after the draft, knowing the status of other teams after the selection process.
Which one they choose, whether it is a high draft pick or one acquired via trade, will tell fans a lot about the front office’s thinking about the future of the position. I still believe there will be at least one more quarterback on the roster by the end of the month.
There have been plenty of discussions in the past week about Jordan Love being the team’s pick with their second first-round selection at No. 20. There is plenty of potential in the Utah State product, with some comparisons to Patrick Mahomes, but it’s not enough for me to see the Jacksonville Jaguars forgo other needs at “reach” for the position.
Plus, there are other options the franchise should consider.
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Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton continues to be a hot topic as a possible veteran to back up Minshew given his relationship with new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and the connection he has to former Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert. Wouldn’t the Jaguars feel more comfortable with a player like Dalton who has been a starter in this league and knows Gruden’s west coast game plan?
The Bengals may keep Dalton on the roster, but all options may be on the table, according to Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. It may take a trade deal to move the 32-year-old south to North Florida.
"“Every option is on the table out there,” Taylor said in an interview with WLWT. “We’re trying to put ourselves in the best position to make sure we’re prepared for next season and we have the best assets we can have. We think the world of Andy, obviously. It’s just kind of a weekly process for us.”"
Of the veterans who could be available this offseason after the Draft, Dalton might be the best financial option.
the other option may turn out to be that the Jacksonville Jaguars roll out with both Minshew and Dobbs and gamble on good health this season. The team did the same thing after Nick Foles got hurt and it worked out. A healthy quarterback will be the biggest wish for the franchise this season. Minshew going down for any length of time could spell disaster in Duval County.