5 Jacksonville Jaguars hardest potential incoming cuts

Lerentee McCray #55 leads the Jacksonville Jaguars onto the field (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
Lerentee McCray #55 leads the Jacksonville Jaguars onto the field (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images) /
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Lerentee McCray #55 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

While it’s difficult to keep a team together due to the salary cap, it’s kind of surprising how quickly the Jacksonville Jaguars dismantled the defense that helped them reach the AFC Championship game in 2017. Although the cupboard wasn’t totally bare last season, the Jags didn’t have many playmakers on either side of the ball and without much talent, it’s hard to compete in the NFL.

That’s why the team’s brass used all the draft picks and cap space former general manager David Caldwell hoarded to replenish a roster that was in serious need of a makeover. Not every move will have an impact but there’s no doubt the Jags’ have more talent than they had at this point last year. In fact, some positional groups may be a bit too crowded and players that would otherwise make the roster will get a visit by the Turk.

Without further ado, here are the hardest cuts the Jaguars may need to make in 2021.

Jacksonville Jaguars hardest incoming cut No. 1 – DE Lerentee McCray

Defensive end Lerentee McCray joined the Jaguars in 2017. Before that, he spent time with the Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills. The Florida product has appeared in 72 since 2015 and has logged 26 total tackles, two tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks during his stint in Jacksonville. Although he’s never made a start in his NFL career, he’s been a mainstay of the Jags’ special teams and was named captain in 2018.

McCray opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. After all the additions the Jaguars made this offseason to the defensive front, the former Gator may not be part of the team’s 53-man roster.