With nearly their entire wide receiving corps injured in some form or fashion, the Jaguars took to the streets to find some warm bodies to catch passes from their quarterbacks.
The Jaguars signed veterans Chad Hall and Ramses Barden, and claimed rookie Kenny Shaw off waivers.
Chad Hall is a 28-year old slot receiver from the Air Force Academy, who has played with the Eagles, 49ers and Chiefs prior to joining the Jaguars. Hall stands 5-foot-8, 187 pounds and has been mostly featured on practice squads and preseason. Hall has played in 24 games and caught 16 passes for 155 yards with two touchdowns in his career.
Ramses Barden is a former third-round pick by the New York Giants (2009) from Cal Poly. Physically, Barden is the antithesis of Chad Hall as he stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 224 pounds. In four seasons with the Giants, Barden had one big game on national television with a 10-catch, 138-yard performance against the Panthers and has otherwise been just a guy. Barden has played in 29 games and has caught 29 passes for 394 yards without finding the end zone.
National champion wideout Kenny Shaw was one of Jameis Winston’s top targets at FSU last year and helped the team to a perfect season and title. Shaw is a smaller, slot receiver (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) who should get a shot on special teams in the return game.
Realistically, the Jaguars top three wide receiver positions are set with Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, and it’s anyone’s ball game who will fill out the roster at the position. With guys like Mike Brown, Allen Hurns, Tandon Doss and other’s nicked up, there is a real opportunity for Hall, Barden and Shaw to get reps and make this team, or possibly some other one.
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