Jacksonville Jaguars projected No. 4 wide receiver Ace Sanders has plenty of talent and special teams ability, but he will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. To his credit, Sanders decided to take a leave of absence from the team and was out indefinitely, as he looked to get some counseling and turn things around. The Jaguars have stood behind him, and the possibility of him playing in the team’s final preseason game was left open.
Now, the Jaguars have announced on their Twitter account that Sanders has returned to the team this morning, which should be great news for all involved. He’ll still have to compete for targets in the offense, but he has real upside as a weapon in the slot. Right now, most of his value is derived from his ability as a returner, though he did catch 51 passes last season.
Sanders can’t practice with the team in the regular season until his suspension is through, but he can practice now and get some nice reps in the preseason before working on his own when the regular season starts. It will be interesting to see if Sanders can make some strides in his second season, though newcomers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson figure to be higher on the depth chart.