Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Whimper Is Having Fun at TE

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Whimper Is Having Fun at TE

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

By far the best part about career offensive lineman Guy Whimper dabbling at tight end for the Jaguars this year came Sunday against the Jets.

Following a 10-yard catch on the opening drive, each time referee Al Riveron announced "No. 68 is an eligible receiver," the fans at EverBank Field responded with a roar.

"That doesn't get old," Whimper said on Monday. "I appreciated the fans cheering for me."

The response was deserved after Whimper's second catch of the year - he had a one-yard touchdown reception at Green Bay in Week 8.

Whimper has played 56 snaps at tight end the last four games, playing the role of an extra run blocker or pass protector. In certain goal-line situations, he has run a route, but his catch against the Jets was on a second-down play from the Jaguars' 47.

"It's something that was installed during the week," Whimper said. "I only ran it once in practice."

Lined up right tight end, Whimper first moved down as if to run block but then pivoted right to catch Chad Henne's pass.

"When you're number is called, your play is called, you have to execute no matter what it is - run, block or catch," Whimper said. "It's something I embrace and really enjoy doing."

The Jaguars' starting right tackle last year, Whimper has carved out a niche as a tight end, almost always in a personnel group that includes Marcedes Lewis and Zach Potter.

Whimper must report to the referee because he has a lineman's jersey number and it alerts the defense to his presence.

"He's athletic with good hands, and you can see he can catch the ball," right guard Uche Nwaneri said. "We're taking advantage of that and using him in a lot of different ways."


With three games remaining, middle linebacker Paul Posluszny and safety Dawan Landry have missed only one snap apiece this year out of 943 plays. Posluszny missed a play in Week 2 against Houston and Landry a snap in Week 5 against Chicago.

On offense, center Brad Meester and left tackle Eugene Monroe have played every snap.


Running back Jalen Parmele said he underwent groin surgery last Thursday to repair damage sustained in the Jaguars' win over Tennessee two weeks ago. …

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