NFL teams will have to reduce their roster to 53 players by Aug. 30. Even though the deadline is still a few days away, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson says the coaching staff already has a good idea of what the final roster will look like.
The Jags will play the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason finale, so this will be the last chance for players on the roster bubble to make an impression. What that said, here are four veterans who could be on their way out after Saturday’s game.
No. 4 Jaguars veteran who might get booted: Will Richardson, OL
The Jaguars didn’t make as many additions to their offensive line in the offseason as other position groups but they didn’t neglect it either. Besides signing Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff, they brought back reserve lineman Will Richardson.
A fourth-round pick in 2018, Richardson has mostly played offensive tackle for the Jaguars but has also lined up at guard. In fact, he appeared in 123 snaps at right guard last season. That versatility was one of the reasons the team’s brass chose to re-sign him earlier this year. However, he might not end up playing in Jacksonville this upcoming season.
Availability is the best ability in the NFL and Richardson has missed several days of training camp and the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an ankle injury. Although he attended the joint practice with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, he didn’t participate, per Demetrius Harvey of Florida Times-Union.
One thing that could hurt Richardson’s stock is the recent trade for Cole Van Lanen. The 2021 sixth-round pick just joined the Jags but was already practicing at guard Wednesday. If he makes a positive impression against the Falcons, the team’s brass might opt to give him a roster spot and move on from Richardson.