Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 veterans who could be on the roster bubble

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Having a good head coach is important in the NFL. After all, you need the right man to lead and mentor a group of young men. That’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Urban Meyer earlier this year to oversee their rebuild. The Ohio native is known for turning college programs into powerhouses and winning three BCS National Championships.

Now, the Jags are aware that a head coach alone isn’t enough to field a winning team. After all, coaching can only get you far. If you want to compete week in and week out in the pros, you need to get as much talent as you can get. For that reason, Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke have spent the offseason giving the roster a makeover. Although the duo may have been behind a few questionable moves, there’s no doubt Jacksonville has way more playmakers than they had at this point last season.

The influx of talent to the Jaguars’ roster may make it difficult for a few players to hold onto their job. Besides Tim Tebow, who is trying to make the transition from quarterback to tight end, these four veterans may be on the fringe ahead of training camp.

1. James O’Shaughnessy – Jacksonville Jaguars tight end

Tight end James O’Shaughnessy has spent the last four years of his NFL career in Jacksonville. In that span, he’s appeared in 50 games with 28 starts and has hauled in 80 receptions for 778 yards and three touchdowns. The Illinois State product is the quintessential backup. He will do what he’s asked but won’t create many big plays of his own.

Urban Meyer says O’Shaughnessy has shown improvement this offseason. However, the coaching staff may want to get younger at tight end and see what they have in Ben Ellefson and Tyler Davis. If the Jaguars need O’Shaughnessy’s roster spot, releasing him would create a manageable dead cap hit of $,1 million.