4 under-the-radar Jaguars who could sneak onto the 53-man roster in 2022

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UAB Blazers tight end Gerrit Prince (20) at Independence Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1 player who could make the Jaguars roster: Gerrit Prince, TE

The Jaguars have depth and talent at wide receiver and cornerback. But the same can’t be said about their tight end room. Sure, general manager Trent Baalke signed Evan Engram in free agency to solidify the position and a healthy Dan Arnold should pick up where he left off before an MCL injury cut his 2021 seasons short.

Also, veteran Chris Manhertz will continue to play a key role in pass-blocking situations. However, the depth behind them is suspect with Luke Farrell poised to be the No. 4 tight end on the depth chart. As a rookie, Farrell hardly saw the field and finished the year with seven catches for 56 receptions. Those are adequate numbers when you consider that he’s not an All-Pro but rather a backup player. However, the team’s brass needs to bolster the position and might already have someone on the roster to do so.

The Jaguars didn’t draft a tight end but they did sign UAB’s Gerrit’s Prince once it ended. The former Blazer has been named a rookie to keep an eye on and it’s easy to see why. Prince didn’t test particularly great in the NFL Scouting Combine but he often put his athleticism on display at the collegiate level.

Although Prince hardly played in his first three seasons at UAB, he caught 36 receptions for 699 yards with 10 touchdowns and average a staggering 19.4 yards per reception. Like most players on this list, he faces an uphill battle to make the team but his athletic ability should give him a chance.

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