Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 questions ahead of final roster cuts

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Before the Jacksonville Jaguars devote their attention to preparing for their Week 1 matchup against the Houston Texans, they need to go trim down their roster to 53-man players on August 31. They already underwent two rounds of cuts. First, from 90 players to 85, and from 85 to 53.

August was a hectic month for the Jaguars. First, they shipped linebacker Joe Schobert to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They then lost rookie running back Travis Etienne to a season-ending injury and just recently, they traded third-year quarterback Gardner Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles. A couple of months ago, they all looked like locks to make the team, and you might have raised a few eyebrows if you suggested none of them would be on the Jaguars’ 53-man roster but here were are.

Without further ado, here are five questions ahead of the last round of roster cuts.

1. How many quarterbacks will the jaguars carry into the regular season?

The Jaguars quarterback room is taking shape. First, they held a quarterback competition in training camp, which Trevor Lawrence won. Minshew was then traded to Philly, effectively bumping C.J. Beathard to number two. There’s only one question left to answer, will Jake Luton make the 53-man roster?

The Oregon State product had a productive day in Week 3 of the preseason, completing 16 of 18 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. Will the Jaguars carry a third quarterback into the season or will they give the roster spot to someone who will take the field more often and contribute in every game? An alternative is to release Luton and add him to the practice squad.