5 Jaguars not named Trevor Lawrence who've seen their stock go up after training camp

• A handful of Jaguars made the most of their chance to make strong impression in Jaguars training camp
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Gerrit Prince (86) looks on during the first day of a mandatory camp.
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Gerrit Prince (86) looks on during the first day of a mandatory camp. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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No. 4 Jaguars player who's seen his stock go up after training camp: Blake Hance, OL

You could argue that offensive lineman Blake Hance made the cut by default but the truth is that some players just need an opportunity to prove themselves and Hance got one due to injuries to Ben Bartch and Tyler Shatley.

Bartch is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last year. He's currently on the Active/Physically Unable to perform list and it might be a few weeks before he's back in the fold. On the other hand, Shatley has been held back in practice after suffering a heart condition (AFib) early in training camp. Without their top two guards, the Jaguars could have gone with either Cole Van Lanen or rookie Cooper Hodges. Instead, they want to see what Hodges brings to the table.

Hance went undrafted in 2019 and spent time with several teams (including the Jaguars) before making his NFL debut in 2020. That year, the Northwestern product made eight starts for the Cleveland Browns.

However, Hance was given his walking papers once the season was over. He was then claimed by the San Francisco 49ers and spent a few months with them before being waived. The Jags swooped in and signed him and he's set to start at left guard against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the 2023 preseason.

So far, the coaching staff is pleased with the work Hance has put in throughout the summer. While he hasn't secured a spot for the 53-man roster spot in 2023, having a strong performance against the Dallas Cowboys will most definitely help his case.