The Jacksonville Jaguars signed rookie defensive tackle Anthony Maddox to a contract today. Maddox was the one of the Jaguars' two fourth round selections and one of the 10 players selected in the 2004 NFL Draft in April. He is the second Jaguars draft pick to sign a contract joining offensive tackle Sean Bubin.
"Anthony's impressive career got our attention with his aggressive play. He participated in the Blue-Gray Game and played very well, especially performing equally well against different competition. That made him attractive to the Jaguars," said vice president of player personnel James Harris. "We are certainly glad he signed early and will be ready for training camp on time, because early repetitions are essential to young players who want the opportunity to play early in the season."
Maddox, 25, was the 118th overall selection in the draft. The 6-1, 295-pound defensive tackle was a two-year starter at Delta State after two seasons at Jones County Junior College. The Funston, Ga. native earned All-America and Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior after registering 84 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a safety. Maddox led Jones County to a National Championship as a sophomore.
With Maddox signed, 83 Jaguars are under contract. Players will report for the start of training camp on Friday, July 30.