No. 3 player the Jaguars must make room for on the roster: Elijah Cooks, WR
By now, you've probably seen a pattern develop. The Jaguars don't have any starting jobs up for grabs and all the players on the list are instead competing for backup roles but that doesn't make them any less valuable.
After all, backups are always one injury away from setting foot on the field, and when it comes to the wide receiver, Jacksonville has several capable players. This would be great news if it weren't for the fact that there will only be one or two spots available, which means that a handful of players that are deserving of making the team won't make the cut.
Time Jones got a roster spot last year on the strength of a productive preseason. However, he didn't do much of note in the regular season and is now facing stiff competition to make the cut in 2023. Among his challengers are Seth Williams, Jacob Harris, Parker Washington, and Elijah Cooks, who went undrafted this year.
Jones and Washinton seem to be the favorites to earn a roster spot but Cooks also has a solid case. At 6'5", the former San Jose State Spartan brings size to the position, and due to his length frame, he could be a devastating weapon in the red zone.
Make no mistake though, Cooks isn't just a one-trick pony. He isn't a burner but he's got the ability to gain yards after the catch, as he showed against the Detroit Lions in Week 2 of the preseason.
Furthermore, Cooks has one of the highest Pro Football Focus grades among rookies this preseason.
Giving Cooks a roster spot will be one of the toughest decisions the Jaguars' will have to make but he certainly has lots of upside, which is why they're better off keeping him.