After a CBS Sports report said the San Francisco 49ers have informed teams interested in backup quarterback Alex Smith they have a deal in place with another team (to be announced March 12), speculation included the Jaguars.
“Not us,” general manager Dave Caldwell said in a text message to the Times-Union.
Both Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley are committed to giving third-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert a chance to compete with Chad Henne and possibly a third passer for the starting job.
The most likely landing spot for Smith is Kansas City.
Fast times at Combine
The Scouting Combine 40-yard dash record of 4.24 seconds set by East Carolina running back Chris Johnson five years ago remained safe Sunday. But just barely.
Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin, projected as a third- or fourth-round pick, improved his stock by posting a time of 4.27 seconds, edging West Virginia’s Tavon Austin (4.34).
Later in the day, Auburn running back Onterrio McCalebb ran a hand-held time of 4.21 seconds. The official time was 4.34.
Goodwin and Austin had Lucas Oil Stadium buzzing when hand-held times had them at 4.25 or lower on their first attempt. The official time is via computer. Goodwin’s time is the fastest recorded by a receiver, unseating Clemson’s Jacoby Ford (4.28 in 2010).
Some mock drafts entering the combine had no receivers going in the first round.
But Austin’s 40 time should get him into the conversation. Earlier in the week, Austin said he wanted to run “anything under a 4.4.”
Although he is 5-foot-8 and 174 pounds, you can’t hit what you can’t catch, and he should be a fit for a team as a slot receiver.
“It definitely shouldn’t be a problem,” Austin said of his build. “I haven’t gotten hurt or missed a game in eight years. My durability is pretty good.”
So is his production.
Austin had 288 catches for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns for West Virginia, including years of 101 and 114 catches his last two seasons.
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