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Jacksonville Jaguars have ulterior motive in claiming QB Ricky Stanzi from Chiefs

Updated: 2013-08-28T00:51:07Z


The Kansas City Star

Exactly who do the Jacksonville Jaguars think they’re fooling?

They quickly plucked former Chiefs fourth-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi off waivers a few days after Kansas City cut ties with the former fifth-round draft pick of Scott Pioli’s who never got on the field in his two seasons as a pro.

The Jaguars didn’t claim Stanzi for his ability as a quarterback. They brought him in to pick his brain as they prepare for the regular-season opener against the Chiefs.

It’s an age-old practice in the NFL. Sign a player from a team that you will be facing early in the season, especially before the season opener when there is no game tape of an opponent, and particularly when a new coaching staff is in place.

While Jacksonville starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert is nursing a fractured thumb and is not expected back until the season opener, the Jaguars have enough arms to get through Thursday night’s preseason finale against Atlanta. There’s no way Stanzi will be familiar with the Jaguars offense to play in that game.

By time the Jaguars have to cut their roster to 53 players on Saturday evening, they will have gleaned as much as they could from Stanzi on what Andy Reid has been installing for the season opener and grilled him on the Chiefs’ strengths and weaknesses.

And then, the Jaguars will say, “Thank you very much, Ricky,” and send him on his way in the final roster cutdown.

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