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Expectations High for Jaguars Rookies

From: Pro Football Weekly

What a difference a year makes. One season after the Jaguars skimped on bolstering their team with rookies, the club has reversed course dramatically. Not only are all nine draftees expected to make the 53-man roster, but a smattering of undrafted rookies also will be given serious looks for spots on the team. While it was well known as far back as the draft that early-round OTs Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton would factor prominently into the 2009 plans, OTAs provided glimpses of the raw ability of numerous late-round finds, particularly Zach Miller and Rashad Jennings.

Miller, making a switch to tight end after playing quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, has made a strong impression with his speed. That pure athleticism could help offset his steep learning curve and make him a factor sooner than initially expected. Jennings, meanwhile, appears to have a leg up on Chauncey Washington for the No. 2 RB job, and that’s even before the burly 231-pounder has put on the pads.


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