Lonnie Pryor wasn’t online last weekend when word surfaced he would be joining the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. But he was made aware of the compliments that were being tossed his way.
“Somebody was telling me about the Jaguars’ Facebook page and how everybody was excited about me coming here,” he said. “Hopefully, I’m one of the guys that does make it.”
There are many more practices and preseason games remaining until it’s decided if Pryor has made it. But the Jaguars’ rookie minicamp, which concluded Sunday outside EverBank Field, was a good start.
Playing fullback and a small amount of tailback, Pryor flashed with an assortment of plays. On video last year, the Jaguars were intrigued by his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, his experience running in a zone scheme and ability to lead-block.
After losing veteran Greg Jones to Houston in free agency, the Jaguars didn’t make a move at the position and entered the draft with only Will Ta’ufo’ou on the roster.
Just like at so many positions, Pryor has an opportunity to contribute right away.
“I felt like if I had to go anywhere to get a starting position, this was definitely the best route for me to go,” he said.
Pryor heard from Tampa Bay, St. Louis Houston and Denver during the final round of the draft. He ruled out the Texans because they had added Jones and chose the Jaguars because they had lost Jones, who also played at Florida State.