The Jaguars have to cut their active roster from 80 players down to 53 on Saturday. With that in mind, I decided to try my hand at future sight. Here is my 2020 Jacksonville Jaguars 53-man roster prediction:
Jay Gruden told the media last week that he'd like to keep three quarterbacks on the roster. Of course, he doesn't have the final say, but with the uncertainty of player availability due to the pandemic, the Jaguars will play it safe at quarterback. After Minshew, Glennon seems to be in line for the backup job, while Luton has proven valuable enough to keep on the active roster.
The Jaguars parted ways with Leonard Fournette earlier this week and will employ a running back by committee approach in 2020. All four players have vision and explosiveness, and all four should see plenty of work throughout the season.
This is the Jaguars' deepest position group. Westbrook hasn't been able to get on the field much in training camp, but his body of work is more proven than Terry Godwin or Josh Hammond, so he'll get the nod. The Jaguars will try to stash a receiver or two on their practice squad.
The Jaguars would have kept four tight ends if Josh Oliver had not suffered a season-ending injury, but now they've only got three realistic options.
Ideally, the Jaguars would keep 9-10 offensive linemen, but with needs elsewhere, they keep eight here. The three backups all have positional versatility. Shatley can play all three interior offensive line spots, while Bartch and Richardson could play anywhere on the O-Line in a pinch.
Josh Mauro (Suspended)
Because Mauro is suspended for the first five weeks, he won't count on the active roster to start the season. Everyone else here will have roles play to play along the defensive line. Josh Allen, K'Lavon Chaisson, Dawuane Smoot, Adam Gotsis, and Cassius Marsh will all play on the edge while the interior will be held down by DaVon Hamilton, Timmy Jernigan, Taven Bryan, and Abry Jones.
This is the best the Jaguars have been at linebacker in some time. Schobert and Jack will rarely leave the field, while Jacobs will play some SAM on base downs. Quarterman will be the primary at backup in the middle, with Williams serving the same purpose at weakside.
Normally seven cornerbacks would be too many, but with Claybrooks also slotting is as the starting return man, his roster spot is locked in. Luq Barcoo has been too good to try to stash on the practice squad. Tramaine Brock is the only experienced veteran among the outside cornerbacks.
The Jaguars normally keep four safeties, but they've got a lot of competition this year. Josh Jones has been one of the pleasant surprises, as has Andrew Wingard, who is also a special teams ace. Thomas was drafted in the fifth round and has given the Jaguars no reason to believe he can't compete on special teams and as a potential starter down the line.
Special Teams (3)
Kicker - Josh Lambo
Punter - Logan Cooke
Long Snapper - Matt Orzech
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