Competitive NFL action is right around the corner as the pre-season drew to a close this weekend, which resulted in all 32 sides making the final alterations to their roster ahead of the commencement of the new campaign this weekend.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the most active sides over the past few weeks, signing five players from the waiver wire, including New England Patriots tight end James O’Shaughnessy, which has led to a trimming of the squad in other areas.
NFL’s official website has revealed that the Jaguars have made a surprise move by cutting second-year quarter-back Brandon Allen, who many considered to be in the running for a starting berth this season due to concerns on the pair ahead of him and promising pre-season performances.
Allen’s stand-out moment in pre-season came with a 43-yard touchdown to receiver Dede Westbrook but there were also moments to forget, namely the three interceptions thrown in the pre-season finale victory over the Atalanta Falcons.
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The timing of the cut means that the Jaguars may sneak Allen into their practice squad for the forthcoming season but it puts the 24-year-old in a difficult position, as he’s now fighting to save his career having initially shown some promise and the late axe means he may find it difficult to clinch a spot in a new side for the season ahead.
The Jaguars’ current quarter-back options consist of Blake Bortles and Chad Henne, in their second and ninth seasons respectively, but neither are considered to be the top-class quarter-backs that the Jaguars need to push them towards the play-offs.
There have been whispers this summer suggesting that free agent Colin Kaepernick was on the Jaguars’ raider but those claims have been denied by the club, with the former San Francisco 49ers man still without a team for the new season.