JAGUARS 2020 DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS
The Jaguars released their first unofficial depth chart of the 2020 season Monday evening. It's important when examining the depth chart to understand that this is, in fact, unofficial. Still, it's a glimpse into what will likely be the starters for the Jaguars when they take on the Colts in week one of the 2020 regular season.
Let's start with the offense.
Obviously, Gardner Minshew is the starting QB.
DJ Chark and Chris Conley are the two starters at receiver, and they'll likely have the most snaps at the position in week one. But seeing Keelan Cole and Laviska Sheanult as backups doesn't necessarily mean they won't hit the field early and often.
Bruce Miller, the team's lone fullback, is listed as a starter, but the Jags will likely have an extra wide receiver or tight end on the field just as much, if not more than, a fullback.
Speaking of the tight ends, James O'Shaughnessy is listed as the starter. From a pure talent perspective, Tyler Eifert is obviously on a different level, but O'Shaughnessy will be featured more inline than Eifert and has a strong connection with Gardner Minshew. Eifert will still be on the field a ton.
James Robinson is listed as the starting running back and may get the bulk of the carries on first and second down. But Chris Thompson is likely to see the most snaps of all the Jags' runners early on and may ultimately end up with the most touches of anyone on the Jaguars' offense in week one. Devine Ozigbo is almost an impressive young runner and could be in line for plenty of work as well. Ryquell Armstead has been dealing with COVID issues and nagging injuries. Doug Marrone said it'd probably be a while before he gets back on the field.
The offensive line is as expected, with all five starters returning.
On the defensive line, the depth chart is clearly slanted towards early downs and stopping the run. Abry Jones is the starter at nose tackle, even though rookie DaVon Hamilton outperformed him in camp. Adam Gotsis is listed as the starting defensive end opposite Josh Allen. Gotsis will play big end, and his primary role will be to help stop the run. There will be a heavy rotation.
Leon Jacobs is listed as the starter at SAM over Cassius Marsh, but Marsh could get reps as an edge rusher in clear passing situations. Both have been impressive at SAM throughout camp.
Joe Schobert and Myles Jack are the starters at MIKE and WILL, respectively. Their connection will be key for the Jaguars' defense in 2020.
Tre Herndon and CJ Henderson are the starting outside cornerbacks. They'll be tested early and often in 2020.
Josh Jones is the new starter at strong safety, and he's a guy with a draft pedigree that came in this summer and really impressed the coaching staff. On Monday, Doug Marrone said Jones had taken advantage of every opportunity presented to him in camp. Jarrod Wilson enters his second full season as the starting free safety for the Jags.
DJ Hayden is listed as a backup, but for all intents and purposes, he's the starting nickel cornerback.
Keelan Cole is listed as the starting kick returner with Dede Westbrook at punt return. I'd expect Chris Claybrooks to take over both of those roles sooner rather than later, but it appears the Jaguars are going with proven veterans early on.
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