Locked into the No. 2 waiver claim position, the Jaguars have already showed a willingness to take advantage, adding three players (all from New England) during the offseason.
And with training camp practices beginning Friday, tight end may be at the top of the list among positions that still need to be addressed.
After starter Marcedes Lewis (109 games and 272 catches), there is little experience on the depth chart.
The other five on the roster — Isaiah Stanback, Allen Reisner, Ryan Otten, Brett Brackett and Kyler Reed — have a combined 18 games and eight catches.
The jockeying for roster spots behind him will kick into high gear next week when the Jaguars put the pads on.
“I’m eagerly awaiting that,” tight ends coach Ron Middleton, a former NFL offensive lineman who joined the Jaguars from Duke. “The guys have worked hard and showed things from an athletic standpoint. The guys are willing and I think I’ve got a smart group.
“The biggest question when we get the pads on is physical play. I just need to figure out who’s going to hit and who isn’t.”
Lewis turned his 2010 breakout season — 58 catches, 700 yards, 10 touchdowns — into a five-year, $34 million contract.
The last two years, he has a combined 1,000 yards receiving and four touchdowns (all in 2012) and his 52 catches last year ranked 14th among tight ends.
But the Jaguars saw enough from him on tape to make him the unquestioned starter.