The Jaguars have added a massive influx of new players in the last week. They drafted seven players over the weekend and then signed 21 undrafted free agents. Now they've signed three linebackers in the last 24 hours.
On Tuesday the Jaguars added linebacker James Onwualu off waivers from the 49ers. Originally signed by the Chargers out of Notre Dame in 2017, Onwualu played in nine games before being released and then later re-added to the practice squad. Entering the 2018 season Owualu was placed on IR and then waived by Los Angeles. He then was signed onto the 49ers practice squad in November, before being waived earlier this week. The Jaguars swooped in and signed the 24 year old linebacker soon after he was released.
Earlier this afternoon the Jaguars added even more depth to their linebacker position. Ramik Wilson and Najee Goode were both signed. Wilson played in sixteen games for the Rams in 2018 and picked up four starts. Wilson was drafted by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2015 draft out of Georgia. He's a strong candidate to make the Jaguars 53 man roster this fall as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor. Najee Goode is already 29 years old and is primarily a special teamer, but could compete to make the roster as a back up linebacker.
UPDATE: Per Mark Long the Jaguars have also added linebacker DJ Alexander, who was primarily as special teams player for the Eagles in 2018. Alexander is 27 years old and was originally drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Jaguars also drafted OLB Quincy Williams in the third round of the draft and added several more linebackers in undrafted free agency.
With an obvious emphasis on creating as much depth as possible at linebacker, it makes me wonder if there's a plan in place should Telvin Smith not be with the team in 2019. It also makes me think the Jaguars aren't very high on Blair Brown and Donald Payne, both of whom were primary backups in 2018.
Do you think the Jaguars are smart to create as much competition and depth at the linebacker position as possible? Or should they be focusing elsewhere? Let us know in the comments below.
This site is not affiliated with nor endorsed by the NFL or the Jacksonville Jaguars."NFL" is a registered trademark of the National Football League. "Jacksonville Jaguars" are a registered trademark of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The information provided on this website is provided for information and entertainment purposes only. RSS Feed.