Several Jacksonville Jaguars players are either on the roster bubble or in danger of tumbling down the depth chart ahead of the 2023 season. Some of them made the most of their chances when the Jags faced the Cowboys in Week 1 of the preseason.
On the other hand, there were a few others that needed to have a good performance against Dallas to increase their odds of sticking around but didn't. In particular, these four players hurt their stock in Week 1 of the preseason.
No. 4 Jaguars player who hurt his stock vs. the Cowboys, Josh Pederson, TE
Tight end Josh Pederson was always going to have a steep hill to climb to make the Jaguars' 53-man roster and he didn't help his chances against the Dallas. Long-snapper Ross Matisick got hurt and had to leave the game. Pederson stepped in his place and well, things didn't go the way he would've wanted.
As you can see, Pederson botched the snap. To his defense, he hadn't attempted one before, and whoever is the designated backup long-snapper hardly ever gets to practice. Either way, Pederson had a chance to make a good impression but squandered it.
Even in lieu of the news that Sammis Reyes is retiring, Pederson will have trouble sticking around. He's currently behind Evan Engram, rookie Brenton Strange, Luke Farrell, and Gerrit Prince on the tight-end depth chart.
Engram is firmly entrenched as TE1 and Strange will make the team by virtue of being a second-round pick in this year's draft. Fortner is slated to have a big workload as a blocker and Gerrit Prince was a stud in training camp. Simply, it's hard to picture a scenario in which Pederson makes the cut.
Pederson still has to games to prove he deserves a roster spot but landing in the practice squad seems like a more reasonable outcome.