These Jacksonville Jaguars must shine in training camp to make the roster

HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool)
HC Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Trent Baalke, the team's GM (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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Running back Nathan Cottrell #31 of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2020 (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered this year’s offseason with holes at most positional groups. They did a good job of addressing most of them in free agency and the draft. Some positions could still get some help but it’s fair to say that the Jags’ roster is in good shape ahead of training camp. Although they may not be playoff-bound yet, they will surely win more games than they did in 2020. After all, there’s nowhere to go but up after winning just one game last year, the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Last season, the Jaguars had to rely on rookies and inexperienced players because injuries decimated the roster and they had no one else to turn to. After the team’s brass offseason moves, there may no longer be room for some of those players in Jacksonville.

Heading into the 2021 season, the Jaguars seems better equipped to withstand injuries. They also have more talent at most positional groups. Thus, these five players will need to shine in training camp if they want to earn a roster spot.

5. Nathan Cottrell needs to show his worth a roster spot in Jacksonville.

Last season, running back Nathan Cotrell appeared in eight games for the Jaguars but didn’t register a single carry. Instead, he contributed on special teams, playing 193 snaps and returning seven kickoffs. The Jaguars already have Chris Claybrooks and signed former Detroit Lions returner Jamal Agnew, so Cotrell will have a few chances to impress the coaching staff.

Also, James Robinson, Travis Etienne, and Carlos Hyde are at the top of the depth chart, so Cotrell will have a hard time making the team as a running back. An undrafted free agent in 2020, the Georgia Tech product may be one and done in Jacksonville.