5 Jaguars who could be surprise roster cuts after training camp

General view of TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
General view of TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /
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After finishing 3-14 last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars have spent the last few months giving their roster a makeover. The influx of talent should help them win a few more games in 2022 but it will also put a few players in the unfavorable position of having to compete to make the team.

The good thing is that the Jags don’t have to make any decisions yet, so everyone will have the chance to impress the team’s decision-makers. The top brass will start trimming the roster until the preseason and while some players are seemingly hanging by a thread, others could end up becoming a surprise cut before the start of the regular season.

When it comes to the NFL, you should always expect the unexpected and these five Jaguars could end up becoming surprise cuts.

No. 5 Jaguars surprise roster cut: Rudy Ford, safety

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Rudy Ford (5). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

A sixth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 Draft, Rudy Ford mostly played special teams throughout his tenure in the City of Brotherly Love. The Auburn product signed a two-year deal with the Jags last season. Although he played a few snaps on defense early in the 2021 season, he was mostly relegated to special teams. However, an MCL injury to Tre Herndon paved the way for him to start at nickel and see an uptick in playing time in the second half of the season.

The Jaguars signed Darious Williams and drafted Montaric Brown and Gregory Junior. Moreover, they brought back Herndon on a one-year deal. It’s hard to envision Ford getting snaps in the slot. Similarly, the Jags are set at safety with Rayshawn Jenkins and Andre Cisco tentatively starting in Week 1, so returning to his old position might not be feasible.

Ford answered the call when he was called upon last year but there might not be a spot for him in Jacksonville in 2022.