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Jaguars promised Allen Lazard no other UDFA WR would be signed

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The Jacksonville Jaguars went to work quickly signing undrafted free agents, and while not officially official yet, the known list of signings so far seems impressive. One of those impressive signings was Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard, who many expected to be snapped up on Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft, but the Cyclone receiver had a long day of waiting until the draft was over.

An interesting note for the Jaguars signing Lazard is that they beat out a lot of other interested teams, in part because some of the terms. The Jaguars gave Lazard a deal that included $40,000 guaranteed, which is on the high end for a UDFA signing, and also promised him they wouldn’t sign any other undrafted wide receivers.

“There were teams looking at him putting on some more weight and specifically going to tight end,” Michael Perrett, Lazard’s agent, told the Des Moines Register. “There were teams that were looking to kind of use him as a hybrid tight end/wide receiver. And then there were other teams that were looking at him as a wide receiver first and as kind of a red zone, special teams presence — things like that. Those are the ones that Allen and I were kind of gravitating toward.”

Lazard, standing at 6’5” 230 pounds and running a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, offers the Jaguars a big body in the redzone and someone who can win contested catches. Outside of maybe Deonte Moncrief, the Jaguars don’t really have anyone else who offers that on the roster. Second round pick D.J. Chark might be able to, but that is Lazard’s specialty and as an Iowa fan I was always concerned when whatever stiff was playing quarterback tossed it up in his direction because I just knew Lazard would make some insane circus catch and come down with it.

Lazard should have an inside shot to make the roster if he’s really as good as a lot of people, including myself, think and force the Jaguars to keep six receivers this season.