The Jacksonville Jaguars have been picking up former New England Patriots players recently, as they recently added two defensive tackles from the Patriots in Brandon Deaderick and former starter Kyle Love. Yesterday, the Jaguars signed Jeremy Ebert, who was selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh-round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Northwestern.
Ebert has the ability to be a slot receiver with further development, and I think he ends up making the Jaguars 53-man roster as a backup receiver, as opposed to getting placed on the practice squad. He spent his rookie year on the Patriots practice squad and was released in late April.
Small and fast, Ebert has a chance to make a significant impact on the Jaguars special teams unit if they do indeed add him to the 53-man roster. I like this addition for the Jaguars, as Ebert as Julian Edelman-like qualities and has some upside due to his speed and ability to play the slot. The Jags could use that kind of a player going forward, but I wonder why the Patriots released him. Did they feel like they were already good enough at receiver? Was Ebert not good enough for them? Whatever the answers to those questions from the Patriots end are, we’ll see if Gus Bradley and the Jaguars can make Ebert a useful slot receiver and special teamer in Jacksonville.
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