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.
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Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman (30) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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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