No. 2 candidate for Jaguars practice squad: Jack Coan, QB
Good NFL teams are always replenishing their quarterback room and spend a late-round pick in the position nearly every year. This writer believes the Jags should have used a seventh-round selection in this year’s draft on Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan, who ended up signing as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts and was released ahead of the 53-man roster deadline.
Coan didn’t do much of note during his stint in Indy and had an unimpressive preseason, completing 52.6 percent of his passes for 91 yards with one touchdown. Then again, he didn’t get many reps in training camp, so you could make the case that he wasn’t given a fair shot and could get better if presented with the opportunity.
Trevor Lawrence is entrenched as the starter in Jacksonville and C.J. Beathard is the top backup. The Jags will most likely carry two quarterbacks into the regular season, with E.J. Perry possibly becoming a candidate for the practice squad. But if general manager Trent Baalke is looking at outside options for any potential developmental projects, Coan would be an enticing one.
Coan made a combined18 starts and completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,242 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions at Wisconsin in 2018 and 2019. He then transferred to Notre Dame in 2021 and claimed the starting job. He went on to start 13 games and complete 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,150 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Beathard is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2022 season, so it would be in the Jaguars’ best interest to start looking for potential replacements in case he leaves. Coan would have the chance to develop in the practice squad.