E.J. Bibbs may not be a house hold name amongst NFL fans, but his road to Jacksonville has certainly been a unique one. Bibbs was a star at Iowa State in college hauling in 45 catches and 8 TDs his junior year. Prior to that junior year at Iowa State Bibbs elected to take out a loss of value insurance policy (more info on loss of value policies here). And it was a good thing he did, because Bibbs ended up needing meniscus surgery just prior to his final year in college. The surgery didn't cost him much in the way of game time, but it got his final collegiate season off to a slow start and while Bibbs was still able to earn All Big 12 Honors that year, the injury negatively affected his draft stock and saw him land in Cleveland as an undrafted free agent. Earlier this year Bibbs became only the third football player to ever collect on a loss of value policy and was awarded $550,000.
During his rookie year for the Browns Bibbs played in seven games but recorded only one catch for seven yards. He was somewhat highly thought of heading into his second year, but was cut this summer when the Browns had to trim their roster from 90 to 75. He spent the beginning of the 2016 season on the Browns practice squad, but was cut in October.
For the Jaguars, who just lost veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis for the rest of season, Bibbs is somewhat of an insurance policy himself. The 6'2'', 258 lb. tight end provides a good set of hands with limited athletic ability. For Bibbs, hopefully the desire to improve as a blocker is there, because he's not athletic enough to be a one dimensional guy.
Bibbs' spot on the practice squad was created when the Jaguars promoted offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi to the active roster.
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