The Jaguars youth movement is giving an opportunity for undrafted guys to work their way onto an NFL roster, and no undrafted player seems more likely to land a spot on the final 53-man roster than fullback Lonnie Pryor. Pryor seems like a lock to replace longtime Jaguars fullback Greg Jones, who signed with the rival Houston Texans in free agency this offseason.
Like Jones, Pryor played his college ball at Florida State. However, the similarities stop there. Jones made his name in the NFL as a big, punishing lead blocker that rarely touched the ball. The Jaguars view Pryor as a more versatile piece that can be used as a pass catching threat out of the backfield.
The Jaguars new zone-blocking offensive scheme is similar to the offense that Pryor played in at Florida State and he showed what he could do in that scheme during his senior season where he carried the ball 47 times for 376 yards and also caught 13 passes for 117 yards. Pryor’s value is not limited to when he has the ball in his hands, however, as he also showed he can be an effective blocker.
“He’s good in protection, he’s good catching the ball out in the flat and he’s got a good feel for the blocking scheme,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said following the teams rookie minicamp back in May.
Pryor has some big shoes to fill as an undrafted rookie, but the Jaguars think he is up to the challenge.