No. 1 Jaguars player whose stock dropped vs. the Falcons: E.J. Perry
With Trevor Lawrence not suiting up and C.J. Beathard only available for emergencies, E.J. Perry had the chance to make a positive impression against the Falcons but his outing was less than impressive. The Brown product completed 19 of 37 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. This statline doesn’t look that bad when you take into account that this was the first time he got extended action. However, there are reasons for concern.
For starters, Perry only averaged 5.4 yards per attempt. That’s even worse than Trevor Lawrence’s 6.0 yards average last year. Moreover, his numbers were inflated thanks to Tim Jones’ three catches for 103 yards.
On the bright side, this may not be the end of the road for Perry. After going undrafted in this year’s draft, he signed with the Jags but was waived with an injury designation in the offseason. He later returned but missed most of training camp.
Even though Perry won’t likely make the Jaguars’ 53-man roster, the coaching staff is high on him, so he should be a priority target for the practice squad. There, he will have the chance to work on his passing skills and if Jacksonville needs an emergency quarterback this upcoming season, they can add him to the active roster and revert him afterward.
C.J. Beathard is set to become a free agent next offseason but the Jags won’t need to bring him back if Perry progresses in the upcoming months. The rookie quarterback needs to put the loss against the Falcons behind him and learn from it.