The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2022 season with a flurry, winning seven of their last nine games and overcoming a huge deficit in the Wild Card playoff game versus the Los Angeles Chargers.
In recent months, they have been loading up in order to become a legitimate threat, if not a Super Bowl contender, this coming season.
They traded for wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who was suspended for all of last season for gambling, and now they’re adding tight end Josh Pederson, who is the son of Doug Pederson, their head coach.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) July 7, 2023
It’s rare for someone to play in the same league that his father coaches in, and it’s even rarer for both to be on the same team at the same time.
The younger Pederson grew up in New Jersey and Kansas, and he played his college ball at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he put up modest stats.
He went undrafted in 2021 and was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers.
He has yet to play in a single NFL regular season game, but he did appear in 10 contests for the USFL’s Houston Gamblers this year, where he posted 325 receiving yards on 24 catches.
In Jacksonville, the younger Pederson will be hidden on the depth chart behind starting TE Evan Engram, who caught 73 passes for 766 yards and four touchdowns in 2022.
Engram, Ridley, and wide receiver Christian Kirk will give the team a rather potent playmaking duo, to go along with running back Travis Etienne, who had 1,125 rushing yards last season.NEXT: Analyst Believes The Jaguars Must Make The Playoffs For Season To Be A Success