The Jacksonville Jaguars are close to playing their first game of the 2022 season. But first, they need to face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 of the preseason and then trim down their roster to 53 players by August 30.
It feels like yesterday when the Jags beat the Indianapolis Colts in the 2021 season finale. But it’s been nearly nine months since they pulled off the upset at TIAA Bank Field and many things have happened since then. For starters, Jacksonville has a new coach. After a lengthy search, they hired Doug Pederson to fill the void Urban Meyer left when he was kicked to the curb last December.
Pederson and general manager Trent Baalke spent the offseason refurbishing their roster. They went into a spending spree in free agency and acquired players who will have a big role in 2022.
Among the offensive players the team’s brass signed were wide receiver Christian Kirk, right guard Brandon Scherff, wide receiver Zay Jones and tight end Evan Engram. On defense, Jacksonville inked defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi, middle linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, and cornerback Darious Williams.
Also, the Jaguars held the first overall pick (again), which they used on edge rusher Travon Walker. On the other hand, Trevor Lawrence, the top selection last year, is poised to make a big leap in Year 2 under the tutelage of Doug Pederson.
So how will the Jaguars’ 53-man roster look in Week 1? Most spots are locked ahead of the preseason finale and Pederson says the coaching staff has a good idea of the final composition. With that in mind, here’s one man’s projection of the roster after the last round of cuts.