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Jaguars announce 17 UDFAs, including Stephen Morris

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The Jaguars drafted a quarterback from Florida with the third pick in the draft.  After the draft ended, they picked another quarterback from Florida.

The process that began with Blake Bortles becoming the No. 3 pick ended with the Jags signing Miami quarterback Stephen Morris.  The move reunites Morris with Jacksonville offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who worked at Miami before joining Gus Bradley’s staff.

Fisch also ran the former Hurricanes quarterback’s Pro Day workout, and the relationship necessarily gives Morris an edge in the competition to make the team as the No. 3 option.  Or, at worst, to secure one of the eight spots on the team’s practice squad.

Also joining the Jaguars as undrafted free agents were Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien, Cumberland running back Terrance Cobb, California defensive tackle DeAndre Coelman, Louisville receiver Damian Copeland, Rice long snapper Trevor Gillette, Oregon defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli, Miami receiver Allen Hurns, Fresno State tight end Marcel Jensen, Missouri-Western State tight end Reggie Jordan, Louisiana State safety Craig Loston, Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds, Clemson guard Tyler Shatley, Utah State tight end D.J. Tialavea, James Madison tackle Josh Wells, Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield, and Tennessee Tech punter Chad Zinchini.

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12 Responses to “Jaguars announce 17 UDFAs, including Stephen Morris”
  1. chc4 says: May 12, 2014 11:19 AM

    All of these guys except Morris could start for the Jags next year… no joke.

  2. okeedokeesmokee says: May 12, 2014 11:31 AM

    You never know there could be a diamond in this bunch. But serviceable back ups for the most part. I don’t see Morris on the roster
    It’ll be Henne-Starter(for no),
    Bortles-(Back up for now), and
    Matt Scott at the 3rd QB spot.
    Morris will be running the practice squad.

  3. zoxitic says: May 12, 2014 11:32 AM

    @chc4

    Please join my fantasy league.

  4. flacco8 says: May 12, 2014 11:41 AM

    This is a pretty impressive UDFA haul for the Jags….Loston, Copeland, Rashaad Reynolds all were draftable players among others

    As a Terps fan, i can vouch for Marcus Whitfield as an intriguing option..versatile LB who can rush the passer well, still is raw as he only started one season, but could be a sleeper

  5. h2ftw says: May 12, 2014 11:58 AM

    Keep an eye on Allen Hurns. Excellent hands and a red zone target. Plus, Fisch knows him from The U.

  6. thebirdofprey2 says: May 12, 2014 12:29 PM

    Two of my favorite players now play for the Jags in Clem and Big Red. Watching their off-season and watching their draft and all these UDFAs you know they are going to catch a few gems.

    Its going to be between Rams. Texans or Jaguars for biggest turn around season.

  7. qdog112 says: May 12, 2014 12:52 PM

    Morris highlights this group and he should make the front office rethink what they did in reaching for Bortles, who has been called Gabbert 2.0.

    I watched this kid play some very good football for Miami and with professional coaching, he can surpass Bortles. All Henne has over him is experience.

    Morris’ main problem was inconsistency, but a lot of that can be attributed to the tumultuous Miami program.

  8. canedaddy says: May 12, 2014 1:11 PM

    Morris was considered one of the best QBs coming out before he hurt his ankle and had a mediocre senior year. He might be better than Bortles. Hope he gets an opportunity.

  9. jcjaguar says: May 12, 2014 1:15 PM

    Morris passing Bortles is crazytalk…you MUST be a ‘Cane fan

    Loston looks like a STUD! I think he earns a spot. How does he not get drafted?

  10. kentay305 says: May 12, 2014 3:29 PM

    Morris had too many offensive coordinators during his time at UM and still performed. All i can say is that this is his shot. I hope he and the draft pick make it interesting for the Jaguars before the team is taken from jville and sent to los angeles.

    I am a U fan…. how can I deny that?! Thats like saying I have no swagg lol

  11. kentay305 says: May 12, 2014 3:29 PM

    Morris had too many offensive coordinators during his time at UM and still performed. All i can say is that this is his shot. I hope he and the draft pick make it interesting for the Jaguars before the team is taken from jville and sent to los angeles.

    I am a U fan…. how can I deny that? Thats like saying I have no swagg lol

  12. oldcracker says: May 13, 2014 5:54 PM

    What’s that convoy of Mayflower trucks headed east on I-10????

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