Waiver claims leave Jags starting fresh on special teams

AP

All offseason, Jaguars special teams coach Mike Mallory worked with a particular set of guys, many rookies in key roles, but at least a similar set of faces.

But after the team made seven waiver claims after final cuts, he’s starting anew the week of the opener, teaching his system to a whole new crop of students. The Jaguars are young across the board under new coach Gus Bradley, but especially so on special teams.

This is what we do,” Mallory said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Get them on the same page and say, ‘Let’s go.’”

They were already going with a rookie punt returner and long snapper and perhaps kick returner, with a second year punter. But after final cuts, eight of the 11 players from the first kickoff return unit in the preseason finale are new, symbolic of their turnover.

“They’re all pretty similar,” Mallory said of the techniques he uses. “It’s just a matter of what we use. There will be nuances and variations that we’ll teach them but nothing they can’t overcome and understand quickly.

“It’s a great opportunity [for the new players]. In just seeing them and meeting with them [Monday], I know they’re excited to be a part of the program and get started. And as coaches, we’re excited to have them.”

Even if that means a good chunk of training camp time was wasted on guys no longer there.

9 responses to “Waiver claims leave Jags starting fresh on special teams

  1. Chiefs special teams coach, Dave Toub, is pleased to hear this.

    2 returns for touchdowns in the preseason and a hand full of long returns as well. Looking for good things on Sunday.

  2. The Jags don’t have deep talent. It was obvious last year and will remain obvious this year. Gus Bradley & Dave Caldwell are doing it right: They’re milling through potential talent.

    Everyone knows you build a team in the draft. You only get so many guys that way, you’ve got to supplement the rebuilding process somewhere. Pulling guys off waivers and seeing how they fit in your system is a good way to keep rebuilding the team through the season.

    I like what these guys are doing.

  3. Tough going on the coach, for sure. Our need for some spot players that have a few years in the league trumps the need to have a cohesive group of UDFAs and other rookies on Special Teams.

    Look out for Ace Sanders! That kid is fearless and has some jets.

  4. @ tokyosandblaster,
    Jags had better average home attendance last year than 12 other teams in the NFL. Why would they move?

  5. Come on Kahn, be an NFL OWNER and bring in Tebow. You know you want to. He will fill the stands and even win some crazy games for you. We want the drama and you don’t have any good QBs anyway.

  6. jimmy t saysCome on Kahn, be an NFL OWNER and bring in Tebow. You know you want to. He will fill the stands and even win some crazy games for you. We want the drama and you don’t have any good QBs anyway.

    Be an NFL owner…. you mean Mr Kraft isn’t one?
    Um, no KHAN (correct spelling), please don’t..we know you did want him, but Caldwell convinced you otherwise. He won’t fill the stands, some band wagoners would show up, would grouse when he doesn’t get the starting job, then leave when he is cut….drama, but not the good kind. Please stop tying Tebow to the Jaguars…not going to happen.

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