With the 2021 NFL regular season inching closer, the Jacksonville Jaguars need to trim down their roster to 53 players before 4:00 PM EDT August 31. The Jags already made some moves ahead of the deadline. They sent quarterback Gardner Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles one day before their Week 3 preseason matchup against the Dallas Cowboys and traded cornerback Sidney Jones to Seattle Seahawks on Monday evening. Moreover, they announced they waived undrafted free agent Cory Straughter.
That’s just the beginning though, as they still need to move on from close to 20 players as of this writing. On the bright side, they will be able to sign 16 to their practice squad. The team’s brass will take a dive into the waiver wire to see if they can poach a few contributors other clubs aren’t interested in.
Keep in mind that practice squad players are not part of the active roster. They partake in practices and attend position meetings but won’t appear in games nor travel with the rest of the team. With that in mind, the Jaguars should sign these four players to their practice squad if they release them.
Candidate No. 1 to land in Jaguars’ practice squad – TE Tyler Davis
The Jaguars’ coaching staff have praised second-year tight end Bell Ellefson several times. With Tim Tebow out of the way, the former Bison will most likely make the roster, so Tyler Davis could end up as the odd man out.
The 2020 sixth-round pick hauled in five receptions for 34 yards and one touchdown in the preseason. Although those kind of numbers aren’t eye-popping, the team, the team’s brass should give him a longer look. Davis didn’t register a catch in his rookie campaign but could benefit from a fresh start with the new regime.