Jacksonville Jaguars Building Block Players
By Luke Sims
Dec 11, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (75) during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of a rebuild. The kind of messy, organizational nightmare that NFL Franchises dread. A rebuild is rock bottom. It may be the start of hope and optimism returning to a city, but it’s the bottom. Out of the dregs of personnel failure that has plagued the Jaguars the new regime must find building blocks that can help lead the team to a new era of success.
General manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley have been analyzing the roster for a few months now and they have come up with a few players who are worth keeping around:
- Maurice Jones-Drew
- Eugene Monroe
- Paul Posluszny
- Marcedes Lewis
For a 53 man active roster that isn’t very much. Caldwell has shown his lack of satisfaction of the current roster by cutting a number of starters or showing an unwillingness to re-sign them in free agency. It is quite apparent that the rebuild the Jaguars are going through has a long way to go.
Four players to build around doesn’t seem like a lot. The Jags don’t have the luxury of being the San Francisco 49ers with a roster that’s deeper than the Grand Canyon. The Jaguars are paper thin. Yet Caldwell thinks the team can get by with just these four building blocks for now. “There are some key pieces here that if you get a youth movement, some speed, some aggression, some hunger, we feel we can get competitive pretty quickly,” said Caldwell.
There’s not doubt that the Jaguars are much better when the four players above are on the field, but that list will likely grow after the NFL Draft. The team will get better. College prospects are always an unknown entity but if the Jaguars do their homework (as I suspect Caldwell will) then the team will likely have one or two more players to build around as the season approaches.
– Luke N. Sims
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