5 Jaguars players who must make a huge impression in OTAs
4. Jaguars player who must shine in OTAs: Gerrit Prince, TE
Out of all the position groups on the Jaguars' roster, tight end is set to be the one that will experience the most turnover next season even though they managed to bring back Evan Engram on the franchise tag. Gone are Chris Manhertz and Dan Arnold, who signed with the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, respectively. To replace them, the team's brass selected Brenton Strange in the second round of this year's draft and later signed the intriguing Sammis Reyes.
Engram is firmly entrenched at the top of the depth chart. Luke Farrell will probably enter training camp as TE2 while the Jaguars let Strange work his way up. Similarly, Reyes will be given a chance to put his athleticism on display, which potentially leaves 2022 undrafted free agent Gerrit Prince as the odd man out.
Prince hauled in 36 receptions for 699 yards with 10 touchdowns in his last season at UBA. However, he needed to work on his route running and pass-blocking skills, which is why he didn't get his name called in last year's draft. Nevertheless, his size — he's 6'5 and 241 pounds — made him an interesting developmental project.
In the end, Prince spent his rookie campaign in the Jaguars' practice squad. He seemed poise to make strides in 2023 but the arrival of Strange and Reyes have made things a bit murkier for him.
Prince has a chance to make the 53-man roster but it will be no walk in the park. It's up to him to show he's improved since last year.