The Jaguars wrapped up training camp on Tuesday and are one step closer to finalizing their 53-man roster. With that in mind, I wanted to share my take on what the final roster could look like.
Here you go:
QB (2) Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew
It's almost a foregone conclusion that this will be the QB room. Tanner Lee and Alex McGough are not where they need to be to push for a roster spot truly, but McGough has enough upside that I'd keep him around. Still, it doesn't seem like the Jaguars see it that way as Lee regularly gets the third-team reps.
RB (4) Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue, Ryquell Armstead, Thomas Rawls
The Jaguars need a stable of runners that have versatility. Fournette is still the workhorse, but with his injury history, Blue, Armstead, and Rawls can be called upon if needed. All three can handle early-down and third-down work.
WR (6) Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, DJ Chark, Keelan Cole, Terrelle Pryor, Tre McBride
Here I have Marqise Lee on the PUP to start the season. Tre McBride, who has special teams and offensive value, gets his shot at the active roster while Lee recovers. The other five seem locked in at this point.
TE (4) Geoff Swaim, James O'Shaughnessy, Charles Johnson, Josh Oliver
This is one position that could see some flux. With John DeFilippo and Nick Foles in town, the Jags will run a lot of two tight end sets, which is why I have them keeping four. The Jaguars are trying to get Oliver back by week one of the regular season. Swaim will start, and O'Shaughnessy will be a valuable role player. Johnson needs to get healthy if he is to make the 53 man roster.
OL (9) Cam Robinson, Jawaan Taylor, Brandon Linder, Andrew Norwell, AJ Cann, Will Richardson, Tyler Shatley, Cedric Ogbuehi, Leonard Wester
The Jaguars may elect to keep ten offensive linemen, as they did in 2018, but for the life of me I can't figure out who the tenth would be. Josh Wells underperformed in 2018 and hasn't improved much in training camp. He's also got a long history of injury. Brandon Thomas has been solid on the inside, but with 2018 fourth-round pick Will Richardson playing well at guard, Thomas is expendable.
DL (10) Yannick Ngakoue, Josh Allen, Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, Abry Jones, Datone Jones, Taven Bryan, Dontavius Russell, Dawuane Smoot, Lerentee McCray
The Jaguars could elect to keep Eli Ankou on the inside instead of Dawuane Smoot on the edge. But the front office has a lot more invested in Smoot, and they may try to give him one last shot to make an impact in 2019. And with the emergence of Dontavius Russell throughout training camp and in his first preseason game, the Jaguars don't need the depth that Ankou would provide.
LB (6) Myles Jack, Quincy Williams, Leon Jacobs, Najee Goode, Ramik Wilson, DJ Alexander
Keeping six linebackers may be a stretch, but with Quincy Williams recovering from surgery on his meniscus the Jaguars will look to have plenty of depth with this group. Goode has the versatility to play multiple positions. Wilson and Alexander both have experience should injuries arise, and they also add special teams value.
DB (9) Jalen Ramsey, AJ Bouye, DJ Hayden, Tre Herndon, Breon Borders,
Jarrod Wilson, Ronnie Harrison, Cody Davis, CJ Reavis
The biggest surprise here is no Quenton Meeks. Meeks entered camp as a favorite to win the final roster spot at corner, but he's been outplayed by several other cornerbacks. Breon Borders has the height the Jaguars typically look for in their defensive backs and has been a ball hawk throughout camp. Tae Hayes has also played well but at just 5'9" he doesn't have enough length for the Jaguars to invest in him. The Jaguars only keep four safeties because Ramsey can slide over to free safety in a pinch.
K (1) Josh Lambo
Josh Lambo is the starting kicker and isn't in danger of losing his job. Being a kicker in the NFL is not for the faint of heart, but Lambo has been excellent during his time in Jacksonville.
P (1) Logan Cooke
As a rookie, Cooke delivered more often than not. His leg talent is remarkable. If he can improve on his consistency just a bit, he'll be one of the best punters in the game.
LS (1) Matt Overton
Matt Overton is the Jaguars only long snapper. As long as he stays healthy, Overton's good to go.
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