The Jacksonville Jaguars signed two rookies this week with the hope their presence will give this team a much needed boost in speed on offense.
Both Denard Robinson and Ace Sanders are inked to deals with the AFC South team.
According to Yahoo! Sports, “by the league's rookie slotting system, Robinson gets a signing bonus around $210,000 and counts about $450,000 against the salary cap.”
The move is a good one for Robinson, who is the face of the NCAA Football 14 that came out earlier this week as well. He is expected to play running back and spent time in the slot as a receiver for the Jaguars. He is currently listed as the team’s third running back on the depth chart.
Sanders, a surprise fourth-round pick out of South Carolina, signed a four-year deal. The terms, according to Bradenton.com, from a story out of the Florida Times-Union, “the contract includes a $481,448 signing bonus and a first-year salary cap figure of $525,362, per salary slot figures.”
Only one more rookie remains unsigned by the team, defensive back Josh Evans out of Florida.
The Jaguars set out in the offseason to not only find help on the offensive line, defensive secondary and on special teams, but the team also wanted to find playmakers to help a stagnant offense that scored just over 15 points per game last season and was amongst the worst in the league in total offense.
While Sanders will help as a slot receiver and in the return game (he is 5’7” and 173 pounds), Robinson is expected to take on a much bigger role in the offense.
It has been reported that the former Wolverines quarterback could get 10-15 touches per game this season.
According to the Yahoo! Sports article, “Robinson finished his college career with the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA history (4,495). He ran for 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He also threw for 1,319 yards and nine scores.”
The Jaguars hope that Robinson’s success in college continues immediately on the practice fields and at EverBank Field.
“It’s a great feeling to sign my first NFL contract,” Robinson said in a story with the National Football Post. “It’s something I’ve been waiting my whole life for and I’m ready to get to camp later this month and get back to work. I was able to get a feel for the NFL game during the offseason and I look forward to getting the pads on and just keep improving with each practice.”
The Jaguars begin training camp on July 25.