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Undrafted FA Tracker: AFC and NFC South

Well, the NFl draft is finally (and sadly) over, but here is a list of undrafted  free agent signings for the AFC & NFC West: *keep in mind that some of these may not be actual signings, but rookie camp invites as well*

Atlanta Falcons-Robert Left, OT, Auburn, Deron Wahington, S, Pittsburgh State, Quincy Mauger, S, Georgia, Travis Averill, OL, Boise State, Alex Torgersen, QB, Penn, Marcelis Branch, DB, Robert Morris, Chris Odom, DE, Arkansas State, Jermaine Grace, LB, Miami(FL), JT Jones, DE, Miami(OH), Andreas Knappe, OT, UConn.

Carolina Panthers-Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State, Robert Barber, DL, Washington State, Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson, Bryan Cox Jr., DE, Florida.

Tampa Bay Bucs-Tomas Sperbeck, WR, Boise State, Anthony Auclair, TE, Laval, Greg Mabin CB, Iowa, Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado, Paul Magloire, S, Arizona, Richie Brown, LB, Mississippi State, Riley Bullough, ILB, Michigan, Christian Kuntz, LB, Duquense.

New Orleans Saints-Cameron Tom, OC, Southern Miss, Travin Dural, WR, LSU, Art Maulet, CB, Memphis, Sae Tautu, LB, BYU, Colin Buchanon, OL, Miami(OH), Ahmad Fulwood, WR, Florida, Cameron Lee, OG, Illinois State, Andew Lauerdale, OT, New Hampshire, Devaroe Lawrence, DT, Auburn.

Tennessee Titans-Tyler Ferguson, QB, Western KY, Jonah Pirsig, OT, Minnesota, Akeem Judd, RB, Ole Miss, John Green, WR, UConn, Denzel Johnson, S, TCU, KeVonn Mabon, WR, Ball State, DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville, Bra’lon Cherry, WR, NC State.

Houston Texans-Malik Smith, CB, San Diego State, Eli Ankou, DT, UCLA, Deante’Gray, WR, TCU, Jake Simonich, OL, Utah State, Zach Conque, TE, Stephen F. Austin, Daniel Ross, DL, Northeast Mississippi, T.J. Daniel, DE, Oregon, Justin Hardeee, WR, Illinois, Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Wisconsin, Matt Godin, LB, Michigan, Dayon Pratt, LB, ECU.

Indianapolis Colts-Philip Walker, QB, Temple, Darrell Daniels, TE, Washington, Colin Jeter, TE, LSU, Jhaustin Thomas, DE, Iowa State, Krishawn Hogan, WR, Marian, Brandon Radcliff, RB, Louisville, Bug Howard, WR, North Carolina.

Jacksonville Jags-Kenny Walker, WR, UCLA, Jeremy Cutrer, CB, MTSU, Justin Horton, OLB, Jacksonville, Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah, Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse.

First Round Blunders: First Round Setbacks of the Jacksonville Jags

With the injury to Dante Fowler Jr., I thought I’d make up a list of some of Jacksonville’s first round pick setbacks. Instead of doing them in a numerical order, I will just do them by random.

Matt Jones: Drafted number 21 in the first round of the 2005 draft: Matt Jones was a dual threat QB at Arkansas and the Jags took a risk on drafting him in the first round, but would eventually convert him to a receiver…it never really worked out as he never fully learned the position. Jones would later be arrested for drug charges and violate probation, which lead to his release after the 2009 season. Cincinnati tried to make use of him, but was later cut in 2010.

Blaine Gabbert: Drafted number 10 overall in the first round of the 2011 draft: Blaine Gabbert was supposed to be Jacksonville’s answer to a new franchise QB, but ended up being a complete bust. As a starter, the former Missouri star went 5-22  while averaging only 5.6 yards a pass. After 3 seasons, the Jags had enough and traded Gabbert to the 49ers for a 6th round pick

Justin Blackmon: Drafted number 5 overall in the  first round of the 2012 draft: This former Oklahoma State Star definitely finds himself on the list, but let alone still on the roster. Blackmon is known for having a DUI weeks into his NFL career, but that must have been a sign of things to come in the near future; Blackmon was suspended indefinitely in November of 2013 for a second violation of the NFL substance abuse policy. Blackmon hasn’t played since and when the roster has to be trimmed this season, don’t be surprised if he is not on it.

Luke Joeckel: Drafted number 2 overall in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft: Joeckel has been a hazard for the running game in Jacksonville, for ever since he entered the starting lineup, the Jags only have rushed for under 3000 yards and have given up the most sacks (121).

R. Jay Soward: Drafted number 29 overall in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft: Yet another bust at WR for Jacksonville. In this USC star’s lone NFL season, he caught 14 passes for 154 yards and 1 TD in just 13 games. Soward also struggled with alcohol abuse, but would end up playing in the CFL and the Indoor Football League.

Reggie Williams: Drafted number 9 overall in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft: This Washington receiver didn’t go his Senior season and decided to declare early for the draft, but one thing he is remembered for is his lack of maturity. He once even busted out into a dance after a run block. While Williams may have caught 10 TD’s in the 2007 season (a franchise record), he never could surpass 57 receptions in his career. The next season, however, Williams caught only 37 receptions in 16 games. Jacksonville would have the last laugh releasing him after the 2008 season. Following that season, Williams was arrested for drug charges, but tried to make a comeback in 2009 with the Seattle Seahawks.

Derrick Harvey: Drafted number 9 overall in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft: Jacksonville traded up 18 spots to nab Havey, who was the first DE picked in the first round in franchise history. When selected, the Jags thought they had a descent pass rusher, but instead nabbed a complete bust. Harvey only had 8 sacks in 3 seasons, but wasn’t even their full time starter, and to make matters worse he held out 38 days for his rookie contract. After being released in 2011, Harvey signed with the Broncos only to be released after the season. He later signed with the Bengals in 2012, but was also released.

Blake Bortles: Drafted number 3 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft: Bortles struggled his rookie season behind a mediocre offensive line and lacking receivers, but had the 3rd worst total QB rating among rookies since the 2006 season. One wonders how he will fare this season, but shouldn’t be too concerned about this.

Breaking: Former ECU and Jacksonville Jags QB Finally Retires

Former ECU QB and Jacksonville Jags QB David Garrard is finally hanging up his cleats for good. Garrard, who was last a member of the Jets in 2013, will retire as a Jaguar. Garrard, 37, played 12 seasons while in the NFL and started 75 games as a Jag; he will finish with 17 TD’s and 1,746 yards on the ground and 16,003 yards with 89 TD’s and 54 interceptions, with a 61.6 passing percentage through the air. He played 8 seasons with the Jags and also played for the Miami Dolphins before being cut in September 2012. One of his most rememberable moments was a 32 yard dash in a (January 2008) playoff game against Pitt on a 4th and 2, which would set up to the game winning field goal by K Josh Scobee. For now, he is the last QB to lead the Jags to a playoff victory in 7 years.

Breaking News: Dante Fowler Jr Tears ACL: Out for Season

Tragic news breaking out of Jacksonville: Jacksonville’s 1st round draft pick LB/DE Dante Fowler Jr has torn his ACL in his left knee in rookie minicamp. Fowler Jr never missed a game during his tenure at Florida, but wlll have to sit out his entire rookie season. Fowler was carted off the field after an 11 on 11 drill; Fowler was going up against  rookie OL Watts Dantzier when his knee bent awkwardly and he went down. According to the link, Dantzier apologized to Fowler and Fowler responded by saying, “You’re good, man. It’s just football.” Fowler wanted to play for Jacksonville, but it’s sad that he’ll have to wait one more year to live out his dream, when he gets back onto the field.

The Draft is Over: Undrafted Free Agent Signing Tracker: The AFC South and AFC East

Here is a list of undrafted free agents that were signed after the draft was over from the AFC South and AFC East:

AFC South:

Tennessee Titans: Derrick Lott, DT, UT Chattanooga: I actually live up above Chattanooga and do root for the Mocs as they are our local major university. I say one of  the reasons why the Titans signed him is that not only is he a good player, but his defensive line coach was Tony Brown, a former Titan himself a few years back. I will be pulling for this guy to make a roster spot or a the practice squad. Also signed by the Titans were LSU FB Connor Neighbors, FSU OG Josue Matias, Ole Miss S, Cody Prewitt, Maryland WR Deon Long, Notre Dame CB Cody Riggs, Georgia DT Toby Johnson, and West Virginia OG Quinton Spain. *They also just added Rutgers WR Andrew Turzilli, MTSU RB Reggie Whatley, Maryland LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, Fresno State CB Curtis Riley, USC LB J.R. Tavai, and Missouri DT Lucas Vincent.

Indianapolis Colts: Yale RB Tyler Varga, San Diego State WR Ezell Ruffin, Clemson S Robert Smith, Toledo LB Junior Slyvestre, Umass TE John Sifrin, SE Louisiana QB Bryan Bennett, Auburn WR Quan Bray, Harvard LB Zach Hodges, Cincinnati LB Terrell Hatsfield, and Western Michigan DB Donald Celiscar. *Just added San Diego State LB Cody Galea, West Chester CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, Purdue TE Hustin Sinz, and Northwestern G Brandon Vitabile.*Note* Tyler Varga was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in round 3 of the 2015 CFL Draft (number 19 overall).

Jacksonville Jaguars: One of the highlights of Jacksonville’s UFA’s signings is Auburn CB Nick Marshall, but they also signed Kansas State QB Jake Waters, Syracuse DT Eric Crume, Auburn RB Corey Grant, Pitt LB Todd Thomas, Miami (FL) LB Thurston Armbrister, Oregon State TE Connor Hamlett Maryland LB Matt Robinson, Minnesota State-Mankato  G Chris Reed.

Houston Texans: Troy WR Chandler Worthy, Oregon LB Tony Washington, Auburn OL Chad Slade, Coastal Carolina S Quinn Backus, Nebraska OL Jake Cotton, Michigan State S Kurtis Drummond, Alabama OT Brandon Ivory, Appalachian State OT Kendall Lamm, Texas State PToledo C Greg Mancz, Bowie State TE Khari Lee, Ohio DL Cam McLeod, USF TE Mike McFarland, Henderson State QB Kevin Rodgers, Arizona DT Dan Pettinato, Ole Miss DE Carols Thompson, Marshall DE James Rouse, Norfolk State LB Lynden Trail., Alabama DL Brandon Ivory, La Tech CB Le’Vander Liggins, Georgia S Corey Moore.

AFC East:

Miami Dolphins: Tennessee P Matt Darr, Oklahoma G Dionte Savage, Maine WR Damarr Aultman, Arizona OT Mickey Baucus, Alabama WR Christion Jones, Penn State LB Mike Hull, RPI K Andrew Franks, Cincinnati LB Jeff Luc, and  Utah State LB Zach Vigil. *Just added* Georgia DE Ray Drew, Marshall LB Neville Hewitt, Kansas WR Nigel King, Illinois State OL Michael Liedtke, UCLA DT Ellis McCarthy, Bowling Green DE Kendall Montgomery, and USC OL Aundrey Walker.*just added Hutson Mason, QB, Georgia*

Buffalo Bills: ULL DL Justin Hamilton, Western KY CB Cam Thomas, Stanford LB A.J. Tarpley, Wake Forest CB Merril Noel, N.C. State OL Tyson Chandler, USF WR Andre Davis, Washington DE Andrew Hudson, Florida TE Clay Burton, Baylor P Spencer Roth, and Texas DE Andrew Hudson. *Just added Illinois State OL Jermaine Barton, and Bethune-Cookman DE Erik Williams.

NY Jets Tennessee DL Jordan Williams, Lincoln DT Davon Walls, Syracuse S Durrell Eskridge, South AL TE Wes Saxton, Penn State DE Deion Barnes, Michigan State LB Taiwan Jones, North Texas OT Antonio Johnson, Colorado CB Greg Henderson, and Clarion LB Julian Howsare.

New England Patriots Cal WR Chris Harper, Georgia C David Andrews, Michigan QB Devin Gardner, UAB DB Jimmy Jean.* Just added* Auburn S Brandon King,

Stay tuned for my next part featuring UFA’s from the AFC North and AFC West. Happy reading!