As we inch ever closer to the regular season, the competition for the final roster spots will get more and more brutal. Unknown players try to get in the limelight, if only for a second, to make sure that those watching know who he is and what he can do. Unfortunately for some of those players, they don’t always perform as well as they hope. So, after the second preseason game, whose stock is falling?
- Jordan Palmer, QB – After a brilliant start to the preseason against the Giants’ third stringers, Palmer could not continue his success against the Saints. He was still throwing the ball well, but going 5/14 for 39 yards and a touchdown (with most the yards of the drive earned on bogus pass interference calls) will not gain him any ground against second stringer Chad Henne.
- Jalen Parmele, RB – I don’t know why he can’t seem to perform in games, but gaining a meager nine yards on four carries won’t cut it in the NFL. Montell Ownes, Keith Toston, and Richard Murphy all outperformed him this past week. Expect a continued fall down the depth chart.
- Kevin Elliott, WR – There is just something about this guy that I don’t find right. He has the physical tools to do well, but for some reason can’t make the catch that’s needed. The final four passes that were targeted at him will be tough for the coaching staff to overlook. It’s a good thing he finally caught that touchdown.
On the whole most everyone played to about their ability and things are taking shape a lot more than they were before. I still think Palmer could surge up the depth chart (if combatting for a spot higher can be considered a surge), but I think Parmele’s chances of staying on the roster are getting more and more slim. Not a lot of players looked bad for the Jaguars on Friday night, and that’s a good thing.
It will make the final roster moves a little bit harder though.
- Luke N. Sims
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