Jacksonville Jaguars: Rookie expectations for the 2020 season

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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Jake Luton, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Jake Luton (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /

Jake Luton, QB

2020 expectation: Practice-squad addition

Not unlike last year’s selection of Gardner Minshew, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to take another late-round flyer on a Pac-12 quarterback by taking Jake Luton with the 189th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, I don’t anticipate Luton having the same success story as Minshew.

Luton has a lot of nice traits that you look for in an NFL quarterback. He’s big, accurate and safe with the football.

However, Luton will be competing with two veterans in Joshua Dobbs and Mike Glennon to win a job on the active roster and considering the abnormal circumstances behind this offseason and the elimination of the preseason, he won’t have much opportunity to prove his worth just yet.

I think the most likely outcome is he is placed on the practice squad and given time to develop in year one.

Tyler Davis, TE

2020 expectation: Could see significant snaps at H-back

It can be argued that the Jacksonville Jaguars’ tight end position is the weakest unit on the team. As things stand right now, the Jags’ top three options at the position have significant injury concerns.

Tyler Eifert has a notoriously brittle past, Josh Oliver missed nearly his entire rookie season due to injury and James O’Shaughnessy is coming off of a torn ACL. That is why rookie sixth-rounder Tyler Davis could end up making more of an impact than fans think.

Davis began his career as a quarterback at UCONN before converting to tight end and transferring to Georgia Tech, where he would catch 39 balls for 385 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Given the injury history of the players above him on the depth chart and Jay Gruden’s tight end heavy offensive style, Davis could carve out a legitimate role as a rookie.

Chris Claybrooks, CB

2020 expectation: Starting return specialist

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Chris Claybrooks with their final pick of their 2020 NFL Draft class for one reason, and one reason only; his kick return ability.

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Claybrooks was electric in the return game for the Memphis Tigers. In 11 career kick returns, Claybrooks averaged a staggering 30.7 yards per return and took one of those to the house. The Jaguars’ longest kick return in 2019 was 35 yards, so they need a jolt in that department going forward. They should be hoping Claybrooks provides that jolt.