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The Jaguars used their first five selections of the 2016 draft on defense
Rookie Brandon Allen, inactive as the third-team quarterback in every game this season, was the only healthy player among the Jaguars’ seven game-day inactives for their regular-season home finale against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field Saturday.
Cincinnati took a 21-3 lead with a 21-yard touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron to Alex Erickson before the Jaguars made it 21-11 with 3:07 remaining in the third quarter with a 7-yard run by Joe Banyard followed by a two-point conversion run by Denard Robinson. Backup quarterback Chad Henne passed three yards to Neal Sterling before a two-point conversion pass to Tony Washington made it 21-18 Jaguars early in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Hayes Pullard’s 62-yard interception return with 7:48 remaining gave the Jaguars their first lead, 26-21.
The second-year running back gets the nod here despite his early fumble. Yeldon’s 23-yard reverse-field run gave the unit a second-quarter spark and led to the Jaguars’ lone scoring drive of the first half. Yeldon also had a nice reception for a would-be first down in the first quarter but replays showed him out of bounds. He finished with 34 yards rushing on five carries. jacksonville jaguars jerseys cheap
Quarterback Brandon Allen and defensive end Tyrone Holmes, the Jaguars’ two sixth-round selections in the 2016 NFL Draft, both signed their rookie contracts with the team on Thursday as rookies first gathered for the team’s rookie minicamp.
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The two-day rookie minicamp will be held at EverBank Field Friday and Saturday. The team’s seven draft selections arrived at EverBank Thursday.
Don’t let Henne’s presence add to your confusion. He won’t provide competition for Bortles, and the Jaguars didn’t re-sign him thinking he will push for a starting role. He will be a reserve if he makes the team. And his re-signing doesn’t mean the Jaguars are done addressing quarterback this offseason. There remains the possibility of drafting or signing a free agent to provide some level of competition for Bortles. I have said since the offseason began that I believe Bortles will start next season because finding a quarterback clearly better than Bortles in this offseason’s market will be difficult. Either way, Henne’s presence on the roster has no bearing on the situation.
My thoughts on Brandon Allen have been gleaned from organized team activities, training camp and preseason because we don’t see practice during the regular season. He has arm talent and throws a good-looking ball. He at times looked better in terms of spiral and velocity than Bortles; but spiral and velocity aren’t the NFL end-all. He appears to have a lot of positives, and I know the team very much likes his potential. That does not mean he yet knows fundamentals and NFL basics – or that he is ready in terms of grasp of the offense – well enough to start in the NFL.
Brandon Allen, a quarterback from the University of Arkansas, on Saturday became the sixth player selected by the Jaguars in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the No. 201 selection of the draft, the 26th selection of the sixth round.
Allen (6-feet-1, 217 pounds), a three-year starter for the Razorbacks, completed 583 of 1,016 passes for 7,463 yards and 64 touchdowns with 26 interceptions in four seasons. He completed 244 of 370 passes for 3,440 yards and 30 touchdowns with eight interceptions as a senior.