The Jaguars started slimming down their roster Sunday by cutting 13 players. The only real surprise among those released was Paul Hazel who had impressed or held his own in all three preseason games.
The Jaguars have one more preseason game this Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons and then they have to decide on the 53 players that will make the final roster. Most of the positions are settled but there are a few guys that could sneak on the roster. Here’s my prediction on how things will shake out.
|Quarterback||Blaine Gabbert||Tackle||Roy Miller|
|Chad Henne||Kyle Love|
|Running Back||Maurice Jones-Drew||Sen’Derrick Marks|
|Denard Robinson||Brandon Deaderick|
|Jordan Todman||T.J. Barnes|
|Fullback||Will Ta’ufo’ou||End/LEO||Jason Babin|
|Lonnie Pryor||Andre Branch|
|Wide Receiver||Cecil Shorts III||Pannel Egboh|
|Justin Blackmon||Jeremy Mincey|
|Ace Sanders||Tyson Alualu|
|Jordan Shipley||Linebacker||Paul Posluszny|
|Mike Brown||Russell Allen|
|Tobias Palmer||Geno Hayes|
|Tight End||Marcedes Lewis||LaRoy Reynolds|
|Allen Reisner||Julian Stanford|
|Ryan Otten||Brandon Marshall|
|Tackles||Eugene Monroe||Cornerback||Dwayne Gratz|
|Luke Joeckel||Alan Ball|
|Cameron Bradfield||Mike Harries|
|Guard/Center||Brad Meester||Demetrius McCray|
|Uche Nwaneri||Marcus Trufant|
|Will Rackley||Safety||Dwight Lowery|
|Mike Brewster||Johnathan Cyprien|
|Drew Nowak||Josh Evans|
|Austin Pasztor||Chris Prosinski|
|Long Snapper||Carson Tinker|
Keeping Jordan Todman after one spectacular preseason game might be an overreaction, but it wouldn’t be out of place in Caldwell’s framework so far. Todman is 23 years old, four years younger than his injured counterpart Justin Forsett. Gus Bradley has essentially said Forsett’s spot on the roster is secure, but don’t be surprised to see him released if Todman excels again this week.
- T.J. Barnes makes the roster mainly because the Jaguars are going to rotate their big tackles in and out a lot. Love and Miller need some rest with their big frames and Barnes is a nice mix of size and athleticism to sub in for those two.
- It’s tough to put Chris Prosinski on the roster, but he’s a solid special teams player (+1.0 so far in PFF this preseason) and the Jaguars need to keep that fourth safety. He’s also been getting the call ahead of Josh Evans so he could see the field if there’s an injury to one of the top two guys.
- Austin Pasztor got the last offensive line spot by default, but the Jaguars could possibly replace him and some other players with some waiver wire pickups.
– Daniel Lago
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