The Jacksonville Jaguars invited 27 rookies as try-out players to their rookie mini-camp over the weekend. Typically, teams will find one or two players worth bringing to training camp over the weekend and the Jaguars did just that. On Saturday, the team announced they had signed running back Beau Blankenship and safety Jerome Junior to contracts.
To make room on the 90-man roster for the moves, the team cut rookie kicker Jeff Budzien and punter Chad Zinchini.
Blankenship finished his career at Ohio with just under 3,000 rushing yards, rushing for 910 yards in 2013. The previous season in 2012, Blankenship rushed for a school-record 1,604 yards with 15 touchdowns. The 5-9, 206 pound running back ran a sub 4.5 40-yard dash at his pro-day and showed enough to the Jaguars staff to bring him along for training camp.
Jerome Junior on the other hand is an interesting prospect. The 6-1, 207 pound safety out of Winston-Salem State was originally a three-year starter for the University of Connecticut before being kicked off the team in 2012 for a violation of team rules. At WSSM Junior looked as if he played both safety positions and slot corner at times.