The Jacksonville Jaguars have been busy ahead of final cutdown day and they’re putting the finishing touches on their 53-roster before the deadline. They already traded wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. to the Carolina Panthers and have also parted ways with running back Ryquell Armstead and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
Once the Jaguars are done with their 53-man roster, they need to put together their practice squad. While they have several in-house candidates, they need to check the waiver wire and make a claim on a few players. Here are four they should consider scooping.
No. 4 candidate for Jaguars practice squad: Sony Michel, RB
The Jaguars’ running back group is pretty much set. Travis Etienne is 100 percent healthy after missing his rookie campaign with a Lisfranc injury. Similarly, James Robinson is expected to be back for the Week 1 matchup against the Washington Commanders while Snoop Conner is slated to be third on the depth chart.
Mekhi Sargent is a candidate to round out the Jaguars’ backfield. However, the team’s brass could look at outside options and consider bringing in Sony Michel, who spent the offseason with the Miami Dolphins but was part of the last round of cuts before the deadline.
A first-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2018, Michel was traded to the Los Angeles Rams before the start of the 2021 season and went on to rack up 208 carries with 845 yards with four touchdowns. He was given the boot in the offseason and promptly joined the Phins, where he was buried on the depth chart. In four games, the former Georgia Bulldog toted the rock nine times for a measly 13 yards.
Nevertheless, Michel has averaged 4.2 yards per carry throughout his career and should still have plenty of gas left in the tank, which makes him a prime candidate to join the Jags’ practice squad if no team signs him to their active roster.