Jaguars OLB Josh Allen says Gerrit Prince now has the chance to showcase his talent

• Jaguars TE Gerrit Prince has gotten rave reviews in training camp

• Josh Allen was on the bandwagon since last year

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Gerrit Prince (86) is interviewed after practice during the first day of training camp.
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Gerrit Prince (86) is interviewed after practice during the first day of training camp. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA

Tight end Gerrit Prince spent his rookie year in the practice squad but he's made strides and seems to be ready to make an impact for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2023. Throughout training camp, he's been making plays, and outside linebacker Josh Allens says he now has the chance to showcase his talent.

Allen with the local media after Day 6 of training camp and touched on several topics, including teammate K'Lavon Chaisson's leadership, the continuity on defense, and Prince's chance to make an impact in Year 2.

"What you're seeing right now, he's been making plays like this I thought through all camp," Allen said. "Now he's doing now he has a great opportunity to do it with the ones and show his real talent. And I'm excited for him. I told him I've been I've seen him no more because I'm gonna hurt him. But I love Gerrit, I wish him the best."

Prince recently told Mia O'Brien that he was lured into signing with the Jaguars after going undrafted in 2022 because he saw how head coach Doug Pederson uses tight ends in his system. Later, he says that having the chance to learn from his veteran teammates and learning to know how to be a pro is the biggest chance going into Year 2.

After starting his collegiate career, Prince transferred to UAB in 2018. Although he didn't get much playing time in his first three seasons with the Blazers, he broke out in 2021, hauling in 36 receptions for 699 yards with 10 touchdowns. Here's a clip of Allen talking about the sophomore tight end.

Gerrit Prince has a strong chance of making the Jaguars 53-man roster

After spending his rookie season working on his craft, Prince seems to have a favorable chance of making the Jaguars' 53-man roster in 2023. So far, he's had a strong training camp, reaching the end zone a total of three times on Days 2 and 3. On top of that, Evan Engram says that Prince has stood out.

Engram is firmly entrenched as the starter and rookie Brenton Strange is a lock to make the team by virtue of being a second-round pick in this year's draft. On the other hand, the coaching staff expects third-year tight end Luke Farrell to have a bigger role in 2023. That could leave one roster open, and Prince seems to be in the driver's seat to claim him.

The Jags signed the athletically gifted Sammis Reyes earlier this year but he hasn't stood out as much as Prince has. While there's still ample time for Reyes to rise his stock, it looks like Prince has the better shot to make the roster.

While Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars' wide receiver corps have been the talk of the town these past few months, it looks like the tight end room could also be a strength in 2023. And although Prince isn't guaranteed a roster spot, he's putting in the work to earn it.

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