By Max Harper
Doug Pederson is facing a team-build in Jacksonville after the Eagles Super Bowl-winning coach was hired to resurrect the Jags.
He likes calling plays from the heavy 12 personnel set that involves having two tight ends on the field.
When he coached the Eagles to a Super Bowl title, tight end Zach Ertz was a Pro Bowl performer, catching 74 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns.
And he’s now a free agent, with the Cards facing a choice of paying him big bucks or letting him walk.
Based on the number of interviews Pederson and his staff are conducting with tight end draft prospects at the NFL Combine; the position is a point of emphasis.
“The tight end position is a focal point,” Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said. “It always is. It has been with Doug’s offense. It will be a position that we certainly look to address.”
The Jaguars have only three tight ends currently under contract — Dan Arnold, Luke Farrell and Chris Manhertz. The trio combined to make one touchdown catch last season. That’s not the kind of production Pederson has in mind for this upcoming season.