Every year, there are surprise roster cuts, and players that didn’t look like a good bet to survive ultimately make the teams. It won’t be any different in 2022 and players who seem safe might not be members of the Jacksonville Jaguars come Week 1 while others may sneak their way in.
The Jags entered the 2022 NFL Draft with 12 picks but after engineering several trades, they came out with just seven players. While early selections are pretty much locks to make the 53-man roster, late-round picks need to climb a steep hill in training camp to get a shot. With that in mind, these four players could end up making the team.
No. 4 player who could make the Jaguars roster – Kevin Austin Jr, WR
Even though wide receiver was one of the Jaguars’ biggest needs this offseason, they didn’t invest a single draft pick in the position in 2022. Looking back, that may have been the right approach when you take into account that they signed Zay Jones and Christian Kirk in free agency.
Furthermore, the Jaguars didn’t come out of the draft empty-handed, as they wasted no time signing Notre Dame’s Kevin Austin Jr. after its conclusion. Undrafted free agents tend not to have favorable chances of making the roster and Jacksonville’s depth at wide receiver may make it even more difficult for the Florida native to stick around. However, he will put a good fight in training camp.
Austin went undrafted because of injuries and off-field issues at Notre Dame but he isn’t lacking the talent to make the team. Last season, he hauled in 48 receptions for 888 yards with seven touchdowns and an average of 18.5 yards per catch for the Fighting Irish. The potential is there, it’s up to him to take advantage of the opportunity.