These Jacksonville Jaguars must shine in training camp to make the roster

HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool)
HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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4. Is there room for Tyler Davis in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ TE room?

Tight end might be the Jaguars’ weakest positional group. Although they signed Chris Manhertz in free agency and drafted Luke Farrell, they don’t have a clear-cut number one ahead of training camp.

If the season started today, the Jaguars’ tight end room would probably consist of Manhertz, Farrell, veteran James O’Shaughnessy, and Tim Tebow. Meanwhile, sophomore Tyler Davis may be on the outside looking in. The 2020 sixth-round pick didn’t do much of note in his rookie campaign. In fact, the previous regime seemed to favor fellow rookie Ben Ellefson over him.

Davis appeared in eight games last season but didn’t register a catch on 40 offensive snaps. He also saw the field on 17 percent of the team’s total special teams snaps. While Ellefson and O’Shaugnessy have gotten praise from the Jaguars’ new regime this offseason, Davis hasn’t done much of note. The Georgia Tech product needed to work on his route-running ahead of last year’s draft and there are no indications he’s improved much in that area.

The Jaguars have gotten some production from their 2020 late-round picks, mainly wide receiver Collin Johnson and return specialist/cornerback Chris Claybrooks. Quarterback Jake Luton also started three games last season. The clock is ticking for Davis. It’s telling that the former Yellowjacket is struggling to stand out even though the Jaguars are in need of a tight end. He could make the team if the Jags decide to carry five tight ends (which is unlikely) but the practice squad seems like a more realistic goal.