JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The second wave of free agency has begun for the Jacksonville Jaguars as the team Tuesday signed former Ravens receiver Tandon Doss to a contract.
“I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to come to Jacksonville and compete for a spot right away,” Doss said. “I would like to thank Mr. Khan, Mr. Caldwell and Coach Bradley for this chance and I can’t wait to get back here and get to work.”
Doss, who is entering his fourth season in the National Football League, spent his first three in Baltimore where he made his biggest impact on special teams as a punt returner. Doss led the NFL in 2013, averaging 15.6 yards per return and was fifth in total punt return yards with 359. He also returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in Week 3 against the Houston Texans.
As a receiver Doss is still looking for that breakout season. He has just 26 career receptions for 428 yards and one touchdown. He is however coming off his most productive year to date. In 2013 he caught 19 passes for 305 yards including a four catch performance for 99 yards against Green Bay in Week 5.
The addition of Doss could mean less of a special teams roll for second-year receiver/punt returner Ace Sanders, who the Jags are looking to focus more on the slot receiver position.
“I just want to get on the field in any capacity,” Doss said. “If it’s at wideout, or on special teams, I’m willing to play wherever they think I can help the team.”
Doss, 24, was originally a fourth-round selection by the Ravens in 2011. He played collegiately at the University of Indiana where he was a two-time All-Big Ten selection. Before skipping his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, Doss had totaled 154 catches for 1,857 yards and 13 touchdowns in his time with the Hoosiers.
Doss makes the seventh free-agent signing since the beginning of the period a week ago joining offensive guard Zane Beadles, defensive linemen Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Ziggy Hood, linebacker Dekoda Watson, and running back Toby Gerhart as the newest members of the Jaguars.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed.