The Jacksonville Jaguars are off until they have to report for training camp July 24. For some, the break will be relaxing. For others, there's probably a little bit of anxiety. Maybe they didn't perform well in OTAs or minicamp, or because of the development of other players they know they're going to be on the bubble in August. They may not necessarily be front-line players, but they've played key roles in the past. Each day this week I'll take a quick look at one of those players who is going to have a lot to prove in camp.
WR Tandon Doss
Why he'll make the team: The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Doss is a bigger receiver, which is something the Jaguars need. Only second-round pick Allen Robinson (6-3, 210) and undrafted rookie Allen Hurns (6-3, 195) are bigger. He's also one of the more experienced receivers on the roster. He has 26 catches in three seasons, and while that doesn't sound like a lot it ranks fourth on the team behind Cecil Shorts (123), Ace Sanders (51) and Mike Brown (32). Doss brings additional value as a returner. He led the NFL in punt return average (15.3 yards per return) and had an 82-yarder for a touchdown. He also was a standout kick returner in college (he set an Indiana single-season record for kickoff return yardage in 2010) and can compete with Jordan Todman for that role.
Why he should be worried: He missed much of OTAs and the three-day minicamp because of a calf injury. The Jaguars already have a receiver who can't seem to stay healthy for an entire season (Shorts has missed 11 games in his three seasons). Doss was one of seven receivers who missed significant time this offseason and that allowed players like Kerry Taylor, Chad Bumphis and Hurns to get extended reps. Hurns in particular has caught the eye of the coaching staff and is going to get an extended look during training camp. As a receiver, Doss was inconsistent in his two seasons in Baltimore and was given several chances to establish himself as the Ravens' No. 3 receiver and didn't get it done.
The bottom line: Though he was one of the free agents the team signed in March, Doss signed a two-year contract worth $1.505 million ($65,000 guaranteed) and his base salary will $645,000 in 2014 and $745,000 in 2015. That means the team didn't invest much in him at all and it wouldn't hurt to cut him if he underperforms. Doss has to stay healthy in camp and make an impact on special teams to secure his role. The Jags are set with their top four receivers -- Shorts, Sanders, Robinson and second-round pick Marqise Lee -- so Doss is competing with several players for the last two spots.