Following the end of the 2014 NFL draft on Saturday, GM David Caldwell in a press conference mentioned that there were only 11 spots left on the roster.
If the team decided to sign more than 11 undrafted rookie free agents, then they’d have to release players in order to make room. Well, the team ended up signing 17 UDFA’s.
Then came the cuts.
Jaguars release OG Will Rackley, RB Delone Carter, RB Shaun Chapas, WR Jeremy Ebert, DT Drake Nevis, WR Stephen Williams
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) May 12, 2014
The biggest name on the list is Will Rackley. With his release, the starting right guard spot seems to be wide open for Brandon Linder who the team drafted in the third round Friday night.
Delone Carter, Drake Nevis, Shaun Chapas, and Steven Williams played in a combined three games. Now that the team has younger talent, they saw no need to keep these journeymen around.
Among the 17 UDFA’s the were signed, the Jaguars did pick up a running back in Terrance Cobb (5’11” | 220 lbs.) out of Cumberlands (Ky.) who will compete for Carter’s spot. Nevis’s release most likely comes with the signing of Ricky Hevili-Hemuli (6’4″ | 314 lbs.) out of Oregon.
Williams and Ebert’s release was coming anyways after the team drafted two receivers in the second round of the draft. On top of that, the team signed Allen Hurns (6’3″ | 195 lbs.) out of Miami and Damian Copeland (6’1″ | 182 lbs.) out of Louisville.