With the conclusion of the Super Bowl on Sunday, more teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, are officially finalizing their future contract signings. On Tuesday, the AFC South club signed 14 players to contracts, with one name sticking out in particular. Per the Jacksonville Jaguars’ official Twitter page (also known as X), the team signed tight end Josh Pederson, the son of head coach Doug Pederson, to a futures contract.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) February 13, 2024
The Jaguars also came to terms with kicker Riley Patterson, wide receiver Seth Williams, and defensive back Erick Hallett, among others. Patterson made 89% of his kicks between the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions last season, while Williams was on the Jaguars practice squad in 2023. Meanwhile, Hallett made the All-ACC second-team with the Pittsburgh Panthers in 2022 before landing with the Jags.
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Josh Pederson
Josh Pederson, the son of Super Bowl-winning coach and current Jacksonville Jaguars bench boss Doug Pederson, will sign a futures contract with his father’s team on Tuesday. The younger Pederson played tight end for the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks from 2017 to 2020. After two low-production seasons to start his college career, Pederson erupted for 43 catches and 567 yards in 2019. He snagged nine touchdown passes. The six-foot-five, 235-pound playmaker shined against top-tier competition, registering 16 receptions, 207 yards, and four touchdowns against Memphis, Iowa State, and Florida State. However, as a senior, he had a downtick in production, collecting 32 catches for 367 yards and no scores.
Pederson was not selected in the 2021 NFL draft, landing with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. The 49ers waived the New Jersey native in early August before he caught on with the New Orleans Saints. However, the Saints released Pederson less than a month later. After a short stint with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2022, he landed with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Pederson finished the year with 24 catches for 325 yards in ten games.
The now-26-year-old inked a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars last summer, joining his father, the team’s head coach. Pederson made the active roster in Week 13, making Pederson the first person to play under their father in the NFL since 1978.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Eyeing Massive Bounce-Back Season in 2024Despite being the odds-on favorite to win the AFC South last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars stumbled late, losing to the Tennessee Titans in Week 18, eliminating them from the postseason. Jacksonville finished the season 9-8, missing out on the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence dealt with multiple injuries for the entirety of the season, throwing for only 21 touchdowns against 14 picks in 16 games. He also lost seven fumbles. The Jaguars lost four of their final five games, including one-possession losses to the Titans, Joe Burrow-less Cincinnati Bengals, and Deshaun Watson-less Cleveland Browns.
The defense also struggled, allowing 21.8 points per game, the 17th-best average in the NFL. Opposing passers threw for 4,076 yards and 27 touchdowns against the Jacksonville secondary.