Jaguars Mid-Preseason 53-Man Roster Prediction
QB (2): Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew
Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew are firmly entrenched as the starter and primary backup, respectively. If I were the Jaguars, I'd keep Alex McGough on the roster. With his cannon of an arm and superb athleticism, I don't think they'll be able to hide him from poachers on their practice squad. But I don't think the Jaguars' value him as much as I do.
RB (4): Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, Alfred Blue, Thomas Rawls
Leonard Fournette and Ryquell Armstead are locks to make the team. To a lesser extent, so is Alfred Blue, assuming he can recover from his ankle injury in a timely fashion. Blue is a balanced back that can provide power and is useful as a pass-blocker. Rawls is a bit of a change of pace. He has excellent quickness in short areas and some explosiveness down the field. If Rawls can stay healthy, he too will likely find a spot on the roster.
WR (6): Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Marqise Lee, DJ Chark, Keelan Cole, Terrelle Pryor
Marqise Lee returning from the PUP, shakes up the room a bit. Westbrook, Conley, Lee, Chark, and Cole are locks to make the team. I believe Pryor will be on the final 53 because of his ability to box defenders out and come down with 50-50 balls. He could prove to be an essential target in the red zone. It'd be nice if the Jaguars could keep Tre McBride around, but I don't think they'll be able to with the roster constraints.
TE (4): Geoff Swaim, Josh Oliver, James O'Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack
I initially liked rookie Charles Johnson to make the roster here, but he's been injured as of late and is likely a player the Jaguars could stash on the practice squad. Swaim and Oliver are both injured at the moment, and O'Shaughnessy and Koyack are reliable vets at the position.
OT (4): Cam Robinson, Jawaan Taylor, Cedric Ogbuehi, Leonard Wester
The Jaguars will roll with Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor as their starters at left and right tackle, respectively. Cedric Ogbuehi's athleticism and ability to play either side of the line has won him favor amongst the coaching staff. Leonard Wester is a personal favorite of offensive line coach George Warhop and seems likely to edge Josh Wells out for the final roster spot at tackle. The Jaguars could go with three tackles, but with their injury misfortune from 2018 looming large, I believe they'll play it safe.
iOL (5): Brandon Linder, Andrew Norwell, AJ Cann, Will Richardson, Tyler Shatley
When the Jaguars take on the Chiefs in week one of the regular season, I think Will Richarson will be the starting right guard. Linder and Norwell are also locked in as starters on the interior. AJ Cann and Tyler Shatley both have the ability to play any of the three positions on the offensive interior.
TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: 25
DT (4): Marcell Dareus, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan, Dontavius Russell
Dareus will be the team's starting 3-tech, while Abry Jones will man the nose tackle position. Taven Bryan will be the primary backup at 3-tech and rookie seventh-round pick Dontavius Russell can fill in at either spot.
EDGE (6): Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Josh Allen, Lerentee McCray, Dawuane Smoot, Datone Jones
Campbell, Ngakoue, and Allen will be the proverbial three-headed monster for the Jaguars in clear pass-rushing situations. McCray is a valuable backup pass-rusher and is a core special teamer. Dawuane Smoot will be the primary backup run-stuffing defensive end. Datone Jones can wreak havoc as both a run defender and pass-rusher. The Jaguars' defensive line depth is one of the strengths of this team.
LB (5): Myles Jack, Quincy Williams, Leon Jacobs, Najee Goode, Joe Giles-Harris
The Jaguars' main starters will be Myles Jack in the middle and Quincy Williams at weak side. The Jags expect Williams to be ready for week one after minor knee surgery earlier in training camp. Leon Jacobs will rotate in when the Jaguars are in their base defense at strongside linebacker. Najee Goode and Joe Giles-Harris both have the versatility to play inside or outside, making them valuable backups.
CB (6): Jalen Ramsey, AJ Bouye, DJ Hayden, Tre Herndon, Breon Borders, Quenton Meeks
The Jaguars could elect to keep just five cornerbacks, but with the passing offenses they'll face in 2019, keeping six is the smart choice. Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye form the best cornerback duo in the league. DJ Hayden is formidable, in his own right, at nickel cornerback. Tre Herndon could likely start for several other teams and gives the Jaguars great depth inside and outside. Breon Borders has been a training camp standout. Quenton Meeks is favorite among the coaching staff and fits the Jaguars' system well.
S (4): Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson, CJ Reavis, Cody Davis
Keeping just four safeties may appear risky. But if push comes to shove, the Jaguars can deploy Jalen Ramsey at free safety. Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson are the starters. CJ Reavis is a hard-hitting backup strong safety. Cody Davis is a core special teams player and backup free safety.
TOTAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS: 25
K (1): Josh Lambo
P (1): Logan Cooke
LS (1): Matt Overton
TOTAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS: 3
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