No. 1 candidate for the Jaguars practice squad: Greg Ward, WR
You won’t find the Jaguars’ wide receiver corps in the top ten of many power rankings but what they lack in elite talent, they make up for in depth. In fact, their abundance of talent at the position allowed the front office to release Laquon Treadwell and trade Laviska Shenault to the Panthers.
The Jags could add Treadwell to the practice squad, and the same is probably true for Jeff Cotton Jr. but if they’re looking for outside options, head coach Doug Pederson could pound the table for Greg Ward, who played for him as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ward was in the Birds’ practice squad when they won the Super Bowl in 2017. He was waived before the start of the 2018 season. He then joined the San Antonio Commanders of the now extinct Alliance of American Football the following year and return to Philadelphia in time for the 2019 campaign. He went on to haul in a combined 81 receptions for 673 yards with seven touchdowns in the next two seasons.
However, the former Houston Cougar saw a considerable dip in production under head coach Nick Sirianni last season, tallying a paltry seven receptions for 81 yards with three touchdowns even though he suited up for all 17 games. To nobody’s surprise, he was waived Monday.
While Ward isn’t a top-echelon receiver, he’s familiarized with Pederson’s system and could join the Jags’ active roster and contribute right off the bat in case injuries strict the wide receiver corps. After all, NFL clubs can’t control injuries but they can totally prepare for them.