Since going undrafted back in April, rookie quarterback Matt Scott has had a tough start to his NFL career.
Despite landing with the quarterback-needy Jacksonville Jaguars, Scott is seen as a project who is nothing more than a No. 3 passer at this point in time. To top it off, the Arizona product suffered a high-ankle sprain during the Jaguars’ rookie minicamp. It was a rough first month for a quarterback who many considered to be a mid-round talent prior to the 2013 NFL Draft.
While some think that Scott could push Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne for the Jaguars’ starting job, there’s an overwhelming sense heading into training camp that there’s still a long way to go before the rookie sees the field.
Possessing tremendous athleticism and a strong arm, Scott gives the Jaguars plenty to be excited about. During his senior season with the Wildcats, Scott thrived in Rich Rodriguez’ spread-option offense, racking up 3,620 passing yards, 506 rushing yards and a 27-14 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also added six touchdowns on the ground while proving that he was one of the lone quarterbacks of the 2013 draft class capable of running the read-option.
Once training camp gets under way, Scott will be in competition with fellow undrafted rookie Jordan Rodgers and recently-acquired Mike Kafka for the No. 3 gig. Rodgers was an underwhelming prospect during his short stint as Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback, but his bloodlines as Aaron Rodgers’ little brother are hard to ignore. Kafka, a career backup with zero arm strength, is likely headed for free agency yet again once Scott gets going during training camp.
The Jaguars have made it clear that Scott is still developing as an NFL quarterback. There’s little to no chance that he’s in the mix for the starting gig, and will only see snaps this year if an emergency arises. The potential is there, however, for Scott to become the Jaguars’ No. 1 in the not-so-distant future.
Desperation makes fans want crazy things. Don’t be fooled, though. Scott isn’t an option to start in 2013, but his development through training camp and the preseason is definitely worth keeping tabs on.