The Jacksonville Jaguars wasted no time in cutting their roster down to the league-mandated 53 players this weekend. Starting on Friday, the Jaguars began cutting players, showing decisive action in paring the roster down.
For some, like Stephen Morris or Ben Koyack (a seventh round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft) it comes as a bit of an expected development. Both players were fighting for spots at positions that were already well-set.
For others, like cornerback Jeremy Harris, running back Storm Johnson, and wide receiver Neal Sterling (2015 draft pick), it comes as a result of just not doing enough to warrant a spot on the final 53. All three had a real shot at making the roster and all three stumbled.
- Stephen Morris, quarterback
- Will Corbin, offensive tackle
- Ben Koyack, tight end
- Camaron Beard, defensive end
- Connor Hamlett, tight end
- Richard Ash, defensive tackle
- Kasey Closs, wide receiver
- Cap Capi, defensive end
- Jeremy Harris, cornerback
- Ike Igbinosun, defensive end
- Storm Johnson, running back
- Erik Lora, wide receiver
- Chris Reed, guard
- Rashaad Reynolds, cornerback
- Neal Sterling, wide receiver
- Todd Thomas, linebacker
- Peyton Thompson, cornerback
- Tony Washington, wide receiver
- Craig Loston, safety
- Jeremiah George, linebacker
- Austin Pasztor, offensive line
Among the most shocking picks are Cap Capi, who was electric in the preseason and really represented upside as a pass rusher, and Rashaad Reynolds who seemed to be trending upward through the offseason and preseason. Harris, as mentioned before, certainly had a chance to stick with the tea but couldn’t quite make it.
On the whole, what we’re seeing from the Jacksonville Jaguars is a move forward in roster depth and strength. A lot of the players cut today could have been role players or even starters for the Jags over the past two seasons. Instead, the team is becoming far stronger from top to bottom and cutting these players shows how much better the roster is.
General manager Dave Caldwell is putting together a quality roster and while some of our fan favorites may not be around moving forward, it’s good to know that the roster is strong with or without them.
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