Matt Scott Should Earn Spot on Jaguars' Roster for 2013

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 28, 2013

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Matt Scott #10 of the Arizona Wildcats drops back to pass during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats 41-34.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are seriously thin at the quarterback position, but Matt Scott is just the guy they need.  He will not only be able to provide depth at the position, but might also potentially become a starter in the future.

According to a tweet by Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars agreed to terms with both Scott and Jordan Rodgers as undrafted free agents:

Nick Foles was the starter for the Arizona Wildcats until last season, when Scott got to start his first and only season in college.  He put up solid numbers, throwing for 3,620 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 60.3 percent of his passes.  He also contributed in the running game, putting up 506 yards and six scores.

The Jaguars were incredibly thin at the quarterback position before signing both Scott and Rodgers, with only two quarterbacks.  Neither Blaine Gabbert nor Chad Henne has been great, and the team is looking for a franchise quarterback to make it relevant.

It may take some time, but Scott could be that guy.

At 6’2’’ and 213 pounds, Scott has decent size for an NFL quarterback.  He has decent arm strength and has a solid release.  He can seriously fling it in tight windows with some line-drive passes, especially at the intermediate level.

What makes Scott stand out, however, is his mobility.  He is able to escape the pocket when pressured and is very elusive.  He does a great job making accurate throws when rolling out on either side of the field.

Despite decent size, Scott is a little thin.  He sometimes overthrew receivers, particularly on fade routes.  He also struggles going through his reads as a quarterback and can lock in on one receiver.

By keeping Scott on the roster, the Jaguars could eventually use him as the starting quarterback. 

What would be even more interesting is to see how the offense would change with him as the starter.  He could be a quarterback who could legitimately run the read-option, and the Jaguars now have some players like Maurice Jones-Drew and even Denard Robinson to play in the backfield.  Since the mediocre play of Gabbert and Henne doesn’t seem to be working, a wild card like Scott could make some big plays for this team.

Scott is a must-have for the Jaguars.  They clearly need more depth at the position, and Scott is a different type of player than Henne or Gabbert.  He has the mobility to be a dual-threat quarterback and the accuracy to make plays.