Just a year after they signed him as an unrestricted free agent, the Jaguars waived nickel back Drew Coleman Thursday. The move was a sign the Jaguars have more depth at cornerback, which made Coleman, who was due to make $1.575 million this year after playing on about half the defensive snaps last season, expendable. They have 13 cornerbacks on their roster. The Jaguars signed free agent Aaron Ross from the New York Giants and have Derek Cox, Rashean Mathis and William Middleton returning from IR. They also have three more corners, Rod Isaac, a fifth round draft pick last year, T.J. Heath and Ashton Youboty, returning from IR.
Jordan Palmer is no stranger to being known as Carson Palmer’s younger brother. "It’s just a part of it now. It’s been that way. We were getting compared when I was in the third grade and he was in the seventh grade on who was a better skateboarder so nothing’s really changed,’’ Jordan said Thursday while preparing for the Jaguars’ minicamp this weekend for rookies and workout players. Jordan spent 2008 to 2010 as a backup to Carson in Cincinnati.
He didn’t dream this growing up – at least, not exactly. Charles Gilbert did grow up in Jacksonville and he attended Ridgeview High School, but his father was a Minnesota Vikings fan, so the hometown team thing? It wasn’t quite that. But Gilbert, who hopes this weekend to begin the process of becoming the return specialist the Jaguars believe they need, did go to the team’s games growing up, and he couldn’t help driving by EverBank Field.
A year ago, when the Jaguars signed Drew Coleman, his expertise as a nickel corner was his appeal. And even as the Jaguars lost defensive backs, the team kept Coleman in that narrow role. He lined up across from the receiver in the slot. Surprisingly, the Jaguars released Coleman today, and it seems the lack of versatility that was just fine before hurt him now. The team re-signed Rashean Mathis and he’s done very well with his rehab from a torn ACL. They signed veteran Aaron Ross. They tendered William Middleton and drafted Mike Harris.