Jordan Palmer proved to the Jaguars that he can back up a quarterback who doesn’t share his DNA.
Palmer was dumped by the Bengals last year after spending three years behind older brother Carson in Cincinnati and wasn’t able to land another job before or after big bro wound up in Oakland. He’s back to work now, though.
The Jaguars announced Monday that Palmer was one of seven players signed after tryouts during their rookie minicamp over the weekend. The team also announced the release of six players. One of them is quarterback Dan LeFevour, which means Palmer has the inside track on the third quarterback spot in Jacksonville.
Wide receiver Jarrett Dillard and safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah were also released. Dillard was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 Draft, but has just 35 catches in his first three seasons with a team that was always looking for help at receiver. Owusu-Ansah was a fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2010, but was cut by Dallas during the 2011 season. He played four games with the Jags after signing with them in December. The other players saying goodbye to Jacksonville are wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, wide receiver Nelson Rosario and defensive end Frank Trotter.
Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy a good name, kicker Long Ding did not show the Jaguars enough to earn a contract. Those who did include fullback Naufahu Tahi (as mentioned in one-liners), defensive tackle Odrick Ray, wide receiver Mike Brown, wide receiver Chris Forcier, linebacker Donovan Richard and defensive back Jeremiah Brown.