Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders (18) runs after a catch against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Is Ace Sanders in Danger of Being Cut?

There are only a handful of players who are locks to be opening day starters each season, which means there are several players each year on the edge of the roster. As Jack Del Rio showed us in 2007, you can’t assume a particular player is safe if he doesn’t have explicit backing from the front office and coaching staff.

Ryan O’Halloran made waves last week when he mentioned 2nd-year wide receiver Ace Sanders as a guy who potentially could be released before the regular season.

Not surprisingly, Jaguars fans reacted negatively via Twitter on Friday when I suggested on “Jaguars Today” on 1010XL that receiver Ace Sanders would be on the roster bubble this preseason. It wouldn’t be a shock because 5-foot-7 players who don’t make guys miss don’t have a ton of value. That said, if he improves his punt return stats in August, he deserves to make the 53-man roster.

The initial reaction is that he’s crazy – Ace Sanders played very well last year in a less-than-ideal situation as a 4th round rookie. He accumulated 484 yards receiving on 51 receptions with 291 of those yards coming after the catch. Yes he’s only 5’7″ and doesn’t have elite top-end speed, but Sanders has enough wiggle and route-running ability to presumably play in the slot.

Still, let’s take a look at the depth chart at wide receiver. Right now there are 3 complete locks to make the roster – Cecil Shorts III, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson. Here are the rest of the guys currently vying for a spot:

  • Mike Brown
  • Chad Bumphis
  • Damian Copeland
  • Tandon Doss
  • Allen Hurns
  • Kevin Smith
  • Kerry Taylor
  • Lamaar Thomas
  • Brandon Wimberly
  • Ace Sanders

That’s a lot of guys fighting for 2 or 3 spots on the team. Sanders is easily the shortest guy in the group, but he has the advantage of experience in the system and the ability to return punts and kicks. His biggest competition probably comes from guys like Kerry Taylor and Allen Hurns who have experience with some of the coaching staff. Mike Brown is also starting to feel like a guy who earned his keep last year and can probably provide most if not more than Sanders can.

It’s not a ridiculous proposition, but barring 2 or 3 of the new guys lighting it up in training camp, Sanders should be one of the top 4 receivers heading into the regular season.


- Daniel Lago

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  • Bobby Postma

    If they get rid of Ace Sanders then I’ll stay a strike. He is amazing. He may not be big but fast and great hands. How can they say he can’t make people miss when he racks up a ton of YAC? Keep him for returns and depth at least. Besides, honestly I would take him over Cecil right now.

    • Jags

      Wow take him over CS3 are you sure you watch the games.

      • Bobby Postma

        Oh yeah. I watched every game the last 2 years. Don’t get me wrong. I move Cecil on the team. The dude is a beast. . I just think that Ace will have the higher ceiling cuz he can also do the return game. Cecil had a few questionable plays last year that made me wonder about. He had a few horrible drops, a couple that lead to an interception. I like Cecil alot and hope we don’t get rid of either one but my personal opinion is that I like ace more and what he brings to the team

  • G3N0BR0WN

    No danger whatsoever of being cut

  • Bulls For Life Jags Past Death

    I don’t think he’s in danger at all. If anything, he’d get traded for a 2nd or 3rd.

    • Daniel Lago

      I agree he probably won’t get cut, but he absolutely would not garner a 2nd or 3rd in a trade unless he has a monster year this season.

    • Jags

      I doubt 2nd or 3rd Cameron but he will not get cut.

  • JagSwag