Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 training camp preview: Tight ends

Tight end Tim Tebow of the Jacksonville Jaguars(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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James O’Shaughnessy #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars lack a deep threat at tight end.

Here’s how the Jaguars’ tight end room looks ahead of training camp:

  1. James O’Shaughnessy
  2. Chris Manhertz
  3. Tim Tebow
  4. Luke Farrell
  5. Ben Ellefson
  6. Tyler Davis

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer praised both James O’Shaughnessy and sophomore Ben Ellefson earlier this year. He said both players have shown significant improvement this offseason. However, the team doesn’t currently have a clear-cut number-one tight end.

O’Shaughnessy appeared in 15 games with 13 starts for the Jags last year. He caught 28 passes for 262 yards and no touchdowns. The team’s brass brought him back on a one-year deal this offseason but he may be better suited for a backup role. The former regime was high on Ellefson, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent last offseason. The North Dakota State product made four starts but only hauled one reception for ten yards. A knee injury cut his rookie season short.

Tyler Davis appeared in eight games last season but had no catches. The 2020 sixth-round pick will need to shine in training camp if he wants to make the team. He will also have to compete with the Jaguars’ biggest offseason wildcard, Tim Tebow.

After being away from the NFL for several years, the former Gator is making the transition from quarterback (the position he’s played throughout his football career) to tight end. He won’t have too much time to show he can contribute in 2021 but his relationship with Meyer, along with his leadership skills, could help him secure a roster spot.