The Jacksonville Jaguars have a well-rounded roster but they'll be making changes before the start of the 2023 NFL season. And on Sunday, they made two moves after beating the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the preseason,
The Jags announced they signed offensive lineman Bobby Evans. A third-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, Evans can line up inside or in the edges but he's better suited to play offensive tackle. Over the last four years, he appeared in 35 games with 12 starts (seven of them in his rookie campaign).
The former Oklahoma Sooner is coming off a season in which he posted a concerning Pro Football Focus overall grade of 29.8. Evans was waived in December and was signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice squad in January. However, he was released earlier this month.
The Jaguars could use some depth on the interior offensive line. Incumbent left guard Ben Bartch is still rehabbing a knee injury he sustained last year and Tyler Shatley has missed several days due to AFib (irregular heartbeat). However, having Evans line up inside wouldn't make sense based on his play in Los Angeles.
While it's hard to tell how the Jags plan to use Evans, it's possible that they want to plug him at offensive tackle and see how he fares. Right now, Josh Wells is the top swing tackle, with Cam Robinson set to serve s four-game suspension to start the season.
Sammis Reyes might have had trouble making the Jaguars 53-man roster
On a side note, the Jaguars also announced that they have placed tight end Sammis Reyes on the Reserve list, meaning that he's stepping away from football but Jacksonville will retain his rights if he eventually decides to come back. Reyes was a highly athletic athlete that took up football just a few years ago. While he brought lots of upside to the Jaguars' tight end room, he also had a steep hill to climb to make the 53-man roster.
Before Reyes retired, he was behind rookie Branton Strange, Luke Farrell, and sophomore Gerrit Prince on the depth chart. In particular, he would have needed to beat Prince, who was a training camp standout and seems to have a favorable chance of making this year's 53-man roster after spending his rookie campaign in the practice squad.
Locking up Evans may or may not end up having an impact but the Jaguars will keep releasing and bringing in players to keep tweaking their roster before they trim it down to 53.