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Jacksonville Jaguars sign Jeremy Ebert

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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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Who will be the next Patriot player taken by the Jags? The rest of the league will be like turkey vultures circling Foxbourgh waiting for the Pats to cut their roster down to 53. Just wondering if the Pats will try and trade Spikes before the season starts….there are a few teams that need a slow ILB who has poor technique in pass coverage.

    • Joe Soriano

      Hey now, Spikes is a good player and is pretty important to this team. He brings the edge on run defense that we need, and Spikes is a big catalyst for this defense. He’s one of the best run defenders at the MLB position, and he can also put pressure on the QB in some situations. Spikes not being in OTAs is a non-issue to me, because some players do believe they are better off working out themselves instead of participating in voluntary workouts. That likely doesn’t sit too well with BB and the Pats, but that’s no reason to decide to trade a player. Spikes is sticking in NE in his contract year, but the Pats will be replacing him in the offseason. Why? Another team will give him a huge amount of money, unless if Spikes gets injured or has a dud of a year. He can’t cover, but run defense is more important as a 4-3 Mike.

      • Paul V. Suffriti

        I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one. Run defense is important and Spike is one of the best but LBs are being asked to do more because the TE position is becoming a bigger part of offenses (thanks to Gronk & Hernandez). Spikes is slow and has poor coverage technique. One of the glaring weaknesses on the Pats defense was TE coverage. Gronk & Hernandez could move the ball down field all by themselves against the Pats coverage. Defenses will further expose Spikes this year through the air. Pats will not resign him if he plays this season…..just like Chung. In a pass happy league stopping the run just isn’t enough anymore for a competitive team like the Pats. BB expects a lot from his players and a one dimensional player, especially at LB will not be on the field much.

        • Joe Soriano

          I feel like Chung was released because of health issues more than ineffectiveness, but I’m not crying over him being gone- let’s just say that. Coverage has become more important for LBs, and that’s why the Pats have made a bigger effort to get better in coverage at the position with Fletcher back in the fold and the drafting of Collins. Spikes is a two-down LB (a great one at that), but he needs to improve on his coverage to be a three-down guy.

          • Paul V. Suffriti

            Agree…..BB will not match top dollar to keep Spikes as a two down player. Collins was a good draft pick and might prove to be a more versatile player and an important cog with the Pats defense. Looking forward to seeing Collins progress as a player this year.