The Jaguars made their initial roster cuts on Tuesday. The team made the following roster moves: TE Tim Tebow (waived), CB DJ Daniel (waived), WR Josh Imatorbhebhe (waived/injured), DT Daniel Ross (reserve/injured), and WR Tim Jones (waived/injured).
The roster still has some impressive depth, but with no Joe Schobert, the linebacker spot got a bit leaner.
It's also important to remember that teams will be able to carry 16 practice squad players this year, including six players with more than two years of experience. Clubs will also be allowed to protect four practice squad players each week from being signed by other teams and will be permitted to elevate two practice squad members to the active roster on game day without removing any current players.
Let's take a look at my latest predictions for the final roster.
QB(2): Trevor Lawrence, Gardner Minshew
The Jaguars could opt to keep three QBs, but at this point, it seems likely they could stash CJ Beathard, Jake Luton, or both on the practice squad. I wouldn't be surprised if they keep Beathard on the active roster as insurance. If they do, receiver, safety, or defensive line could lose a depth piece.
RB(3): James Robinson, Travis Etienne, Carlos Hyde
There are more than three running backs on the roster that deserve a spot, but with these three, the Jags are in good hands. And with more depth needed at less talented positions, they'll only keep three backs on the active roster. They may try to stash and protect Dare Ogunbowale or someone else on the practice squad all year.
WR(7): DJ Chark, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, Phillip Dorsett, Collin Johnson, Laquon Treadwell, Jamal Agnew
Seven receivers is a lot. But the Jaguars want to be explosive. The top three guys are locks. Dorsett has the type of speed and big-play ability that Meyer won't let go of. Collin Johnson is too good to release and has played well. Laquon Treadwell has been one of the surprises of camp, consistently getting open and catching passes. Jamal Agnew is the return specialist and has impressed on offense.
OL(9): Cam Robinson, Jawaan Taylor, Brandon Linder, Andrew Norwell, AJ Cann, Walker Little, Tyler Shatley, Ben Bartch, Will Richardson
The Jaguars return their starting five from 2020. Rookie Walker Little will be the primary backup at offensive tackle and may push for a starting job sooner rather than later. Tyler Shatley will be the swingman on the interior, with the ability to fill in at all three spots. Ben Bartch will be a backup at both guard sports. Will Richardson is the only tackle left with any experience.
TE(3): Chris Manhertz, James O'Shaughnessy, Luke Farrell
Manhertz is the best blocking tight end on the team and one of the best in the league. O'Shaughnessy is the best receiver right now. Farrell will serve as a blocking tight end with some pass-catching upside.
DL/EDGE(11): Malcom Brown, Jay Tufele, Roy Robertson-Harris, DaVon Hamilton, Dawuane Smoot, Adam Gotsis, Josh Allen, K'Lavon Chaisson, Doug Costin, Jihad Ward, Jordan Smith
The DL is deeeep. Brown, Tufele, RRH, Allen, Chaisson, Smoot, Hamilton, Ward, and Smith, all feel like locks. That doesn't leave much room for anyone else. We see familiar faces Taven Bryan, Lerentee McCray, Daniel Ekuale getting cut. Doug Costin continues to impress as a run stuffer. Adam Gotsis is a valuable depth piece and role player.
LB(4): Myles Jack, Damien Wilson, Chapelle Russell, Shaq Quarterman
The Jaguars will usually have just two off-ball linebackers on the field at a time. They'll also line up safeties in the box regularly. Because of that, they won't need a ton of depth here. Shaq Quarterman has turned it on over the past couple of weeks and looks like a lock. Dakota Allen has steadily improved as a young player and has good instincts, but Chapelle Russell moves a little better and plays with more explosiveness. He's impressed the coaching staff and has surpassed Dakota Allen on the depth chart.
CB(6): Shaquill Griffin, CJ Henderson, Tyson Campbell, Sidney Jones, Tre Herndon, Chris Claybrooks
The top five feels locked in. Claybrooks will be the backup return man and a developmental cornerback with impressive athleticism.
S(5): Rayshawn Jenkins, Andre Cisco, Jarrod Wilson, Rudy Ford, Andrew Wingard
Rayshawn Jenkins is locked in as a starter, and Cisco being a third-round pick this year is obviously safe, and he has impressed in camp. Wilson is still too good to let walk on a cheap contract. Rudy Ford was signed to be a core special teamer, and that's what he'll be. Andrew Wingard has again proven to be a solid special teamer that will add value in a part of the game that Urban Meyer obsesses over. Daniel Thomas is a potential practice squad stash.
K: Josh Lambo
Only kicker on the roster.
P: Logan Cooke
Only punter on the roster.
LS: Ross Matiscik
Only long snapper on the roster.
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