4 players not named Tim Jones the Jaguars must add to practice squad

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Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Gerrit Prince #86 at TIAA Bank Field. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /

No. 2 candidate for Jaguars practice squad: Gerrit Prince, TE

Tight end was one of several positions the Jaguars need to address following the 2021 season and they mostly took care of it when they signed Evan Engram to a one-year deal in free agency. However, the team’s brass must prepare for next year, when Engram, Dan Arnold, and Chris Manhertz, their three top tight ends on the depth chart, are slated to become free agents. Maybe that’s what prompted them to sign Gerrit Prince as an undrafted free agent earlier this year.

The former UAB Blazer wasn’t much of a difference-maker early in his collegiate career, hauling in a combined 14 receptions for 129 yards. However, he went on to catch 36 passes for 699 yards with 10 touchdowns as a senior and later showed out at the 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl, which helped get attention from football scouts. Nevertheless, the draft came and went and his name wasn’t called.

Prince then joined the Jags as an undrafted free agent and was even named their most exciting addition. He had what you would call an uneventful offseason but he shined at times in the preseason. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, he was targeted four times and caught three passes for 30 yards. And in the finale, he had a 17-yard reception.

There’s no room for Prince on the roster but he could spend his rookie year in the practice squad and possibly compete for a backup job next year.