Doug Pederson, Jaguars Expect New Signees To Make Immediate Impact

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It’s been a banner offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars when it comes to landing free agents. Just don’t expect it to be the norm.

“I don’t think you want to go into free agency signing seven guys every year,” new coach Doug Pederson told reporters. “I don’t think that’s the model.”

The Jaguars entered free agency with $56 million in available cap space, more than any other team. Among those signed: guard Brandon Scherff, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi and wide receiver Christian Kirk.

Along with those players, the Jaguars still, of course, have quarterback Trevor Lawrence, as well as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Most mock draft sites have them going with Aidan Hutchinson, the defensive end from Michigan.

In all, the Jaguars have a whopping twelve draft picks. But rookies can take some to adjust to the pro game. Free agents, on the other hand, can offer immediate assistance.

“And now we have the draft coming up that can also help with 12 draft picks to bring in more talent, depth and competition,” Pederson said. “But the guys we signed will be impact players, you know, right away.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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