Both quarterbacks – Arizona’s Matt Scott and Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers – were expected to be late round picks, but ended up undrafted after finding a soft market for their services. With this year’s draft featuring a weak quarterback class, even teams who needed help at the position refrained from drafting a quarterback. The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of those teams who still have questions at quarterback and could benefit from some competition at the position. But they too waited until after the draft to justify such signings, while giving Matt Scott as well as Jordan Rodgers a chance to fight for roster spots or maybe even push for some snaps into the 2013 regular season.
Matt Scott put his college days of backing up Nick Foles behind him last season, posting a strong campaign in which he threw for 3,620 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was expected to be one of the better quarterbacks of the draft class and after gaining momentum nearer to the draft was even expected to go as high as a mid-round pick. Matt Scott’s fall in the draft was a bit more unexpected.
While Matt Scott doesn’t have the prototypical size for his position, he is still an above-average athlete who showcased his ability ability to use his feet as well as his arm (with considerably accuracy) during visits with other NFL teams.
Meanwhile, Jordan Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ younger brother, started the last two season at Vanderbilt where he displayed a steady improvement over time leading the Commodores to two consecutive bowl games. Last season, Jordan Rodgers passed for 2,539 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Commodores.
The new quarterback additions join the duo of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, who haven’t yet gained the confidence of the new Jacksonville Jaguars regime and will be splitting first-team reps this offseason.
The rest of the undrafted free agents signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars are as listed below:
1. DT T.J. Banes, Georgia Tech
2. LB Maalik Bomar, Cincinnati
3. CB Marcus Burley, Delware
4. OT R.J. Dill, Rutgers
5. LB Jeremiah Green, Nevada
6. DE Paul Hazel, Western Michigan
7. DT Avry Jones, Georgia
8. WR Cole McKenzie, Southern Oregon
9. WR Jamal Miles, Arizona State
10. G Stephane Milhim, Massachusetts
11. OT Jeff Nady, Nevada
12. TE Ryan Otten, San Jose State
13. WR Tobias Palmer, NC State
14. FB Lonnie Pryor, Florida State
15. TE Kyle Reed, Nebraska
16. LB LaRoy Reynolds, Virginia
17. QB Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
18. QB Matt Scott, Arizona
19. S Steven Terrell, Texas A&M
20. LS Cason Tinker, Alabama
21. OT Roderick Tomlin, Murray State
22. CB Tyler Wilson, Vanderbilt
23. LB Mike Zimmer, Illinois State
The combined 23 signings will expand the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster to 92 players, setting up the need for two players to be released prior to Thursday’s rookie minicamp to meet the NFL offseason roster limit.