Key Jaguars to watch for in the final preseason game with the Falcons
There are still plenty of reasons why the Jaguars final preseason game could be interesting. Here are a few players to watch.
For the Jacksonville Jaguars, final preseason game against the Falcons will more likely only feature backups, which means that a lot of reserve players are going to be fighting for final roster spots.
For the coaches, this game is going to be very important. Making decisions on which players to keep and let go is never easy. The key to this game is to show how much players have improved throughout the preseason, where players sit on the depth chart, and even who will make the final roster.
Here is a look at three players to watch tonight.
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1. Gardner Minshew – Gardner Minshew was selected in the sixth round of year’s draft and barring any unforeseen circumstance will be the backup quarterback for the Jaguars this season.
Not without his faults, Minshew has looked like a steal and the players seem to feel confident in his ability as a backup. Minshew is going to have to make a case as a key player not just for this game, but as a key part of the Jaguars future.
Though he has played well, he has yet to throw a touchdown pass in the preseason. Perhaps that will change in this game.
2. Will Richardson – Rarely do we see a backup offensive lineman as one of the key players to watch in a game, but that is the beauty of preseason. Will Richardson has performed well throughout the preseason and training camp and is looking to shed that role as a backup. He did start the game against Miami at right guard.
Though he was originally drafted to serve as the right tackle, the shift to guard has proven fruitful for Richardson as he and AJ Cann are battling for the starting right guard position.
Cann has just re-signed this past offseason and it would certainly be disappointing to have him serve as a backup.
Richardson has worked his way into the conversation and has proven that nothing is given no matter the circumstance, which serves as a good mantra for this team as we move into the regular season.
3. Terrelle Pryor – Terrelle Pryor is one of the most interesting stories in all of the NFL.
After success at Ohio State, an NCAA money scandal forced Pryor to declare for the NFL supplemental draft where the Oakland Raiders drafted him to play quarterback. After being cut, Pryor committed to switching to wide receiver and found success in Cleveland posting over 1,000 yards receiving.
Unfortunately for Pryor he has yet to live up to that one season with the Browns and has bounced between a few rosters since then. Now he finds himself fighting for a roster spot in Jacksonville. Pryor has loads of potential and is a very good athlete.
He missed the first two preseason games due to injury but Pryor could serve as a key player on offense, he just has to make the team first.