Tonight is the last chance for many Jaguars players to earn their starting job or even roster spot. Let’s take a look at some key position battles and what I think will be the outcome.
Del Rio has said the starting O-Line tonight will be LT Monroe, LG Manuwai, C Meester, RG Pashos, RT Britton. Del Rio has also said that starting line tonight will closely resemble the starters against the Colts. My take is that either Tony Pashos or Mo Williams will be out of a job as of next week. Uche Nwaneri has youth and was battling Williams closely for the starting RG position. Pashos has apparently lost his starting RT spot to rookie Eben Britton and is getting a shot at RG. I will be watching closely to see how he does. Tra Thomas looks to be the backup to first round pick Eugene Monroe.
Terrance Knighton has really turned it on in the preseason and has moved into a starting spot next to John Henderson. This leaves Derek Landri, Rob Meier and Attiyah Ellison battling for two spots. Landri is an asset on passing downs so he should be safe but longtime veteran Rob Meier could be out of luck if Ellison has impressed the coaching staff as much as he impressed the media.
Will the Jags keep 5 or 6 receivers? The answer to that question could decide whether or not one of the Jags young receivers makes the team. At this point, Torry Holt and Troy Williamson are the only locks. The remaining contenders include: Nate Hughes, Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas, Jarret Dillard and Tiquan Underwood. As a seventh round pick with potential, Underwood will find his way to the practice squad which leaves 4 players and either 3 or 4 spots. Historically the Jags have only kept 5 receivers on their final roster and if that continues to hold true, don’t be shocked to see often injured Mike Sims-Walker set out to pasture.
A few other spots to watch include the battle for the Punter job between Adam Podlesh and Steve Weatherford, the battle to backup Jones-Drew and how will Derek Cox perform in his first preseason action. See you at the game!