No. 2 Jaguars faller ahead of training camp: Blake Hance, OL
The upside of making 13 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft is that the Jaguars were able to bolster the depth at most position groups. The downside is that there are several returning players that might have trouble surviving roster cutdown day after training camp. One of them is veteran Blake Hance, who's entering Year 2 of his second stint with the Black and Teal.
After going undrafted in 2019, Hance spent time with the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Commanders before joining the Jaguars' practice squad later that year. He was waived the following offseason and promptly claimed by the New York Jets, where he spent the 2020 season. The former Northwestern Wildcat then signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2021 and went on to make eight starts last year.
The Browns released Hance before the start of the 2022 season. He then spent nearly two months with the San Francisco 49ers before returning to Jacksonville. Even though Hance could provide veteran depth at offensive tackle or the interior offensive line, there might not be room for him on the 53-man roster, even when you take into account Cam Robinson's four-game suspension to start the season.
Walker Little, rookie Anton Harrison, and Josh Wells (most likely) are locks at offensive tackle. Tyler Shatley, Ben Bartch, Luke Fortner and Brandon Scherff should are also projected to make the team while Cole Van Lanen and rookie Cooper Hodges have a favorable chance. Barring serious injury by any of the aforementioned players, Hance will be a candidate for the practice squad again.