As a former player, head coach Doug Pederson knows that being cut isn't the most pleasant feeling. However, the Jacksonville Jaguars need to trim down their roster from 90 players to 53 and they'll need to make a few tough decisions ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline. Here's what Pederson had to say about the process:
"There's some good football players that are going to be released. It's a tough 34 hours or so, here around the league," Pederson told the media Monday. "But it's a credit to obviously Trent and his staff and the quality of athletes that players we've brought onto this roster and the depth that we've brought to this team and it's bittersweet. You'd love to keep all of them but you can't and you gotta make the best decision moving forward."
Although some teams began making cuts during the weekend, the Jaguars waited until Monday and instead opted to hold a barbecue Monday. Pederson said it went well.
"You're winding camp down. It's really the last preseason game. It's the last week, you're going into this week, you're down to your roster sizes and all. Just a way for the players to have their families and relax and appreciation for all the hard work, the time spent on the field" Pederson said.
Jaguars 53-man roster tracker ahead of the deadline
On Monday, the Jags released wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr., running back Qadree Ollison, defensive end Jordan Smith and rookie fullback Derek Perish, and third-string quarterback Nathan Rourke. One position to keep an eye on is wide receiver. The Jaguars have a surplus and other teams have taken notice, according to insider Josina Anderson.
Calvin Ridley, Jamal Agnew, Christian Kirk, and Zay Jones are locks to make the team. Similarly, Tim Jones and Parker Washington seemed to have earned a roster spot. That potentially leaves Seth Williams, Jacob Harris, Kendric Pryor, and Elijah Cooks on the outside looking in barring any surprise cuts. Bookmark this page, as it will be updated as the day progresses.
Update No. 1: The Jaguars have released tight end Gerrit Prince, wide receiver Jarai Jenkins, offensive lineman Samuel Jackson. Also, they will waive kicker James McCourt, according to Demetrius Harvey of The Florida-Times Union.
Also, the Jaguars are shopping rookie wide receiver Parker Washington, per insider Josina Anderson.
Update No. 2: The Jaguars have announced they've announced all the moves they made to get to 53 players. Here are more players they released:
Long snapper Tucker Addington, safety Latavious Brini, outside linebacker D.J. Coleman, running back Snoop Conner, offensive lineman Coy Cronk, defensive lineman De'Shaan Dixon, defensive back Erick Hallet II, cornerback Kaleb Hayes, linebacker Dequan Jackson.
S Ayo Oyelola, TE JOsh Pederson, WR Kendrick Pryor, OLB Willie Taylor III, DL Raymond Vohasek, OL Darryl Williams, WR Seth Williams, CB Divaad Wilson.
Also, the Jaguars have placed linebacker Ventrell Miller and outside Josh Wells on the Injured Reserve list. OL Chandler Brewer, CB Tevaughn Campbell, DL Michael Dogbe, OL Bobby Evans were also released (not subject to waivers).
Last, cornerback Chris Claybrooks was placed on the Commisioner's Exempt List. During his stay, he can't practice nor suit up for football games.