Rookie Matt Scott Will Need Time to Develop for Jacksonville Jaguars
Many believed the Jacksonville Jaguars had gotten a diamond in the rough with the signing of undrafted free agent Matt Scott. The former Arizona quarterback is competing with fellow undrafted rookie Jordan Rodgers for the team’s number three quarterback spot.
Both of the young signal callers have had to deal with injuries during Jacksonville’s OTAs. Scott sprained his ankle early on, and Rodgers recently had sports hernia surgery. Rodgers will not return until the opening of training camp for the Jaguars.
Whenever a team picks up two young quarterbacks, and the roster is already full, tough decisions will have to be made. It appears Jacksonville will have to make a choice between Scott or Rodgers, when the roster is cut down to the final 53 players. The Jaguars could possibly decide to keep four quarterbacks on the roster, but this would be highly unlikely. It would not be a shock if only two quarterbacks are kept on the active roster for the 2013 season.
With the injury to Rodgers, most would say that Scott has the edge in the competition. However, Scott may have the edge for more than one reason.
Scott received a great amount of hype leading up to the 2013 draft, and was projected to possibly be a middle round selection.
What allowed Scott to receive all of this attention can be credited to his vast upside and physical tools. The young quarterback is very athletic, possessing solid agility and quick feet. Scott also has dynamic speed, and is a true dual threat weapon. He boasts a quick release, and flashes zip on many of his passes. The young quarterback also has very respectable arm strength, and put together a very impressive Pro Day this spring.
If the Jaguars were to release Scott, they may be making a mistake. With time, Scott could develop into a starting NFL quarterback.
Yet, even if he does turn into a starting caliber type of player, will he be the player to help lead the Jaguars back to postseason? To say that would be to take things a bit too far at this moment.
The battle between Rodgers and Scott will be a heated battle throughout all of training camp, and should go down to the wire.