Tuesday afternoon the Jaguars released their depth chart for their week one contest with the Chiefs.
There’s not too much to be surprised about here, but there are some intriguing developments. Here are my six biggest takeaways from the Jaguars’ week one depth chart.
Marqise Lee is listed as a starting wide receiver.
Despite missing the entire offseason program and training camp, it appears that Marqise Lee will start for the Jaguars on Sunday. He’s been playing catch-up since returning to the practice field and has admittedly been a bit rusty. It still seems possible that he could be inactive. We’ll learn more throughout the week as injury reports surface. If Lee isn’t on the field for the Jaguars this weekend, look for Chris Conley to enter the starting lineup.
Jawaan Taylor is officially the starting right tackle.
The Jaguars did their best to convince everyone that Jawaan Taylor had to earn the starting job at right tackle this summer, but it was always his to lose. Taylor played very well in the third preseason game and will be key if the Jaguars hope to play with any consistency on offense.
Co-starters at right guard.
As was expected, Will Richardson and AJ Cann are the co-starters at the right guard spot. Cann is an experienced vet, while Richardson is still looking to establish himself. Last week Doug Marrone said he’s comfortable switching Richardson and Cann in and out as he sees fit.
Taven Bryan is the second string 3-tech
Taven Bryan had a strong second half in the Jaguars final preseason game of 2019. He needed it. His disastrous training camp and start to the preseason had some calling for his release. But as a first-round pick entering his second season, that was obviously never an option. Bryan will be in the Jaguars’ rotation on the defensive line and will need to play with much more consistency.
Tyler Ervin might be the team’s starting return man.
The Jaguars’ newly signed running back Tyler Ervin might be the primary return man. He’s listed as a co-starter both as the kick and punt returner. DJ Chark is the other co-starter at KR, while Dede Westbrook is the other co-starter at PR. Ervin’s role in the offense won’t be as pivotal as Westbrook or Chark’s, so deploying him as the return specialist might be the safer player for the Jaguars. He’s got plenty of juice, but my guess is in crucial moments Westbrook will be back to return punts.
The Jaguars base package on offense appears to be 12 personnel (two tight ends).
The Jaguars have two tight ends, Geoff Swaim and James O’Shaughnessy, listed as starters. Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, and quarterback, Nick Foles, both take comfort in having reliable tight ends on the field. Look for the Jaguars to deploy two tight ends often in different alignments. You might see them lined up in-line, in the slot, and in the backfield.
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