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Bye Paul, Hello Boeckman

P.S. Thanks to viator for originally posting the link about this.


The Jacksonville Jaguars signed rookie quarterback Todd Boeckman and waived first-year quarterback Paul Smith today.

Boeckman, 6-5, 243, was originally signed by the Jaguars on June 17 and was waived on July 31. He was a two-year letterman at Ohio State where he played in 27 games, completing 255 of 402 passes for 3,041 yards and 31 touchdowns. He served as team captain as a senior and started the first three games. He earned All-Big Ten honors as a junior as he threw for 2,379 yards and 25 touchdowns and led the conference with a 148.04 passing efficiency.

A native of St. Henry, Ohio, Boeckman was a four-year starter at St. Henry High School where he threw for 7,021 yards and 64 touchdowns. He earned all-state honors in football, basketball and baseball. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in consumer affairs in March of 2008.

Smith signed with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent in 2008 and spent the majority of the season on the club’s practice squad. He played in two of three preseason games this year.

Make no mistake about it, Paul was stinking up the place when he was in the last two preseason games. I wish him the best, but it became increasingly clear that he simply couldn't cut it in the NFL. It makes me wonder just why there was ever a competition between him and Bouman for the #2 spot. *Sees a ball batted at the line of scrimmage* Oh yeah, that's why.

Boeckman certainly isn't going to be a #2 quarterback at this stage of his career. He'll most likely end up on the practice squad and ride out the season there barring injury. That still leaves a hole for a dependable back up in the event that Garrard gets injured, which brings me to...

Everyone's favorite trade target Tyler Thigpen stunk up Arrowhead stadium last night. If nothing else, this means it might be easier for the Jaguars to get him if that is the case.