Jacksonville Jaguars backfield shrinks, secondary grows


With training camp now underway, teams will be making moves left and right… the Jacksonville Jaguars are no exception.

Earlier in the week, as training camp started, the team made four designations. Cornerback Alan Ball (ankle) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin) were placed on the active/physically unable to perform list while both wide receiver Ace Sanders and cornerback Aaron Colvin were place on the active/non-football injury list.

24 hours later, the competition at running back shrunk by one while the secondary grew by one.

Running back Beau Blankenship has been signed to a contract by the team after his tryout with the team during the rookie mini-camp. He was competing for a roster spot in a crowded backfield with guys like Storm Johnson, Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson who are all fighting to back-up Toby Gerhart. Now, there are three guys left to fill what many assume will be two open spots behind Gerhart.

In the Secondary, despite being a position of focus and overhaul for general manager David Caldwell last season, there’s still much improvement to be made. When you think of the starters in the unit, names like Ball, Will Blackmon and Dwayne Gratz come to mind.

Deion Belue will compete with guys like Mike Harris, Jamell Fleming, Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray for one of the last few spots at corner. Don’t forget, undrafted rookie Rashaad Reynolds, who many had a 3rd round grade on in the 2014 NFL draft, was picked up by the team as a UDFA.

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