JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ryan Nassib played for head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett at Syracuse and that made the first two days of his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars a little easier.
His familiarity with those two, however, doesn't mean he will jump back into the offense that helped him compile a school-record 9,190 yards. Things have changed a lot since he graduated from Syracuse in 2012.
"Having familiarity with this league is definitely a huge help, but I haven't worked with them in a few years," said Nassib, who signed with the Jaguars on Monday and practiced for the first time on Wednesday. "They've changed; I've changed; so there's definitely still a learning process that's going to take place."
Nassib started three seasons at Syracuse (2010-12) and Hackett was the offensive coordinator for the final two. Syracuse set school records in total offense, yards per game, passing yards, first downs and touchdown passes in 2012. Nassib earned All-American honors by Pro Football Weekly that season.
While the concepts remain the same, the offense has evolved in the last five years, Nassib said.
"A lot of the terminology is different," he said. "A lot of the philosophies carry over but it happens everywhere. As years go by, offenses grow, personnel, that kind of thing. Offenses change but the core principles stay the same, but there's definitely going to be some learning that's going to need to take place."
The Jaguars signed Nassib not to compete with Blake Bortles or Chad Henne but to be the team's third quarterback. He's also insurance if the Jaguars ever decide to bench Bortles for good to avoid risking a serious injury that would put them on the hook for $19 million guaranteed next season. The team picked up Bortles' fifth-year option which includes that high salary guaranteed for injury only, meaning the team would have to pay him if he were unable to pass a physical next year.
Nassib would be Henne's backup in that scenario since the team wouldn't want to have to put Bortles back in the game if Henne were to be hurt.
None of that concerns Nassib, however.
"I think my role is just like anybody else, try to compete and try to make this team better," he said. "Try to help the room, the offense as much as I can."