Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 early practice squad candidates in 2021

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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The Jacksonville Jaguars would have surely liked to beat the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL Preseason. After all, head coach Urban Meyer met with the team last Thursday and told them he expected a clean game and a winning attitude. The Jags ended up losing 13-23 but there were many things to like, including performances by cornerback C.J. Henderson and wide receiver Tavon Austin.

For several players, it represented one last chance to make an impression before Jacksonville trims their roster from 90 players to 85 on August 17th. Keep in mind that there will be another round of cuts (from 85 to 80) on the 24th and the final one, to get to 53, will be on August the 31st. Just like every other NFL team, the Jaguars will have to make some tough choices and they will have to move on from several talented players.

On the bright side, clubs will be allowed to have up to 16 players practice squads if the rules from 2020 remain the same (which is likely). That means that teams will have the ability to elevate up to two players of the practice squad (for a 55-man roster). They will have a 90-minute window before kickoff to promote players of the practice squad to the active roster. Also, there won’t be any restrictions regarding the number of players a team will be able to bring back from the Injured/Reserve List.

The Jaguars have several players that might not make the team but are prime candidates for the practice squad. While there are two weeks left before the last round of roster cuts, here are three of those players who could end up in the practice squad.