Former Brown University quarterback EJ Perry is starting his NFL career on a controversial note.
Initially, he was close to signing with the Philadelphia Eagles after going undrafted in the recently-concluded rookie draft.
But he pulled off a Randy Gregory after agreeing to join the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Perry didn’t sign with Philadelphia after the Eagles signed quarterback Carson Strong.
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The two-time First-Team All-Ivy League play-caller will likely be one of Trevor Lawrence‘s backups.
Therefore, he will compete with C.J. Beathard and Jake Luton for his spot in the quarterback depth chart.
His situation is reminiscent of what Gregory recently did.
The outside linebacker initially agreed to a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys.
At the last minute, he changed his mind to join the Denver Broncos.
Meanwhile, Perry started his collegiate career at Boston College but transferred to Brown in 2019.
Last season, he had 3,033 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
Projections For Perry’s Career
Perry did have the highest athleticism score among all quarterbacks during the 2022 Scouting Combine.
However, the measurements and preparations were not enough to hear his name called throughout the seven rounds.
Jacksonville is giving him a lifeline for his NFL career.
Unfortunately, it would take a monumental effort to unseat Lawrence from the starting quarterback spot.
Perry might have what it takes to lead the revamped Jaguars offense.
But for now, Lawrence is the best quarterback in the team’s depth chart.
In that case, Perry could be a backup throughout his career, at best.
Yet he must take advantage of every playing opportunity given to change head coach Doug Pederson’s mind regarding his role.