Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

QB Palmer Provides Intangibles to Jags; Veteran Backup, Signed to 1-Year Deal, Knows His Role; WR Dillard Waived

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

QB Palmer Provides Intangibles to Jags; Veteran Backup, Signed to 1-Year Deal, Knows His Role; WR Dillard Waived

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

Having played for Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski before didn't give Jordan Palmer quite the advantage he thought it would coming into the Jaguars three-day camp as a workout veteran.

Palmer impressed the Jaguars coaches anyway - at least long enough to extend his tryout.

"I know in the NFL you can't really ask for much more than an opportunity," Palmer said. "They gave that to me; I gave everything I had. Gave them a chance to give them a glimpse of the value I can add to the team. Now I have the opportunity to be with them for the offseason and continue to give them glimpses of what I can add."

While one veteran got a chance, another was displaced in roster moves Monday.

Following the Jaguars rookie minicamp over the weekend, the team signed seven workout players to contracts, including Palmer, who signed a one-year deal. The Jaguars released six players, including receiver Jarett Dillard, a fifth-round draft pick in 2009. Dillard, who is scheduled to make nearly $1.3 million this year, became the odd man out once the Jaguars drafted Justin Blackmon.

The Jaguars also signed fullback Naufahu Tahi, a veteran fullback who did his Mormon mission in Jacksonville after college, and veteran defensive tackle Odrick Ray, in his second stint with the Jaguars.

Rookie receivers Mike Brown and Chris Forcier, both of whom were quarterbacks in college, rookie linebacker Donovan Richard and rookie defensive back Jeremiah Brown were also signed to the 90-man roster.

To make room, Jacksonville waived three veterans - Dillard, quarterback Dan LeFevour and safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - and three rookies - receivers Nelson Rosario and Jarrett Boykin and defensive end Frank Trotter.

Dillard spent his three seasons in Jacksonville fighting for a role and fighting through injury. He was at his healthiest in 2011, when he played in 14 games and started five. Dillard had 29 catches for 292 yards and a touchdown last season.

In Dillard's rookie season, he was inactive for the first two weeks before playing in seven games and catching six passes for 106 yards. …

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