4 under-the-radar Jaguars who could sneak onto the 53-man roster in 2022

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Jaguars (30) CB Montaric Brown at TIAA Bank Field Friday. (Imagn Images photo pool) /

No. 2 player who could make the Jaguars roster: Montaric Brown, CB

The Jaguars’ cornerback room is stacked. They have a solid starting trio in Shaquill Griffin, Darious Williams, and Tyson Campbell. And while defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell recently told the media that there will be competition at every position group, it’s hard to imagine any of them falling down the depth chart.

Chris Claybrooks and Tre Herndon, who signed a one-year deal to return this offseason, are poised to be the No. 4 and 5 cornerbacks on the depth chart. Safety Rudy Ford has also played nickel, so it looks like the Jaguars aren’t hurting for depth. As a matter of fact, the surplus at the position didn’t deter the team’s brass from using a pair of late-round selections on Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown.

The deck is stacked against both Brown and Junior making the team but if their chances of earning a roster spot were zero, the Jags wouldn’t have drafted either one, right? At worst, they could land in the practice squad but the pair of cornerbacks will aim at making the 53-man roster. Brown, in particular, could carve a niche returning punts.

The Jaguars’ top returner, Jamal Agnew, is practicing and looks healthy after suffering a hip injury that forced him to miss most of the second half of the 2021 season. However, head coach Doug Pederson is letting several players, including wide receiver Laviska Shenault, handle return duties. Claybrooks is probably in the mix, but if Brown is able to make a positive impression, he might be able to end with a roster spot.