4 Jaguars players who hurt their stock vs. Cowboys in Preseason Week 1

• The Jaguars are assessing their roster ahead of the 2023 season

• A handful of players hurt their chances of making the team vs. the Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45) in drills during the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45) in drills during the Jacksonville Jaguars. / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY
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No. 2 Jaguars player who hurt his stock vs. the Cowboys: Snoop Conner, RB

The Jaguars had a pair of talented running backs — at least, that's how it looked at the time — in James Robinson and Travis Etienne last year. However, they needed another one to round out their rotation.

This was especially important when you take into account that both Etienne and Robinson were still recovering from injuries they both suffered in 2021, a Lisfranc fracture in Etienne's case, and an Achilles tear for Robinson. In the end, Jacksonville went with Snoop Conner in Round 5 of last year's draft.

Conner was part of a three-running back rotation at Ole Miss, where he excelled at running in-between the tackles and picking up tough yards. However, neither skill has carried over into the NFL. Last year, he made the 53-man roster by default. Simply, the Jags didn't have any viable options behind Etienne and Robinson but that changed when they swooped in and claimed JaMycal Hasty off waivers.

With Hasty in the mix, Conner was a healthy scratch early in the 2022 season and he only started to get playing time once Robinson was shipped to the New York Jets. And even then, Conner didn't do anything to write home about, finishing the year with 14 carries for 42 yards.

After the addition of Tank Bigsby and D'Ernest Johnson in the offseason, Conner became a prime candidate to get the boot on roster cutdown day. Of course, you cannot rule out a player before he puts on display what he brings to the table. The issue with that is that Conner got his opportunity against the Cowboys and he wasn't able to do much with it.

Conner ended up toting the rock seven times for 15 yards and he did it against Dallas' second and third-team defense. If you average 2.1 yards per carry as a running back, you're going to have trouble getting playing time and unless the former Rebel does an 180-degree turn against the Lions, he might not be around when the Jags take on the Indianapolis Colts in the opener.