With the NFL season inching closer, the Jacksonville Jaguars — like any other team in the league — will need to trim down their roster to 53 players. It won't be an easy task though. They restocked most position groups in the offseason and they'll need to part ways with players they would probably keep if they weren't so stacked.
Working in the Jags' favor is that they still have a bit over a week to decide who will ultimately make the cut. WIth that in mind, here's a look at how their 53-man roster could potential look come Week 1.
Jaguars final 53-man roster projection for the 2023 NFL season: Special Teams
Following a strong finish to the 2022 season, it looked like Riley Patterson had secured a place on the roster. However, the Jags moved on from him and acquired Brandon McManus when the latter was released by the Denver Broncos.
Nobody will forget Patterson's game-winning field goal that got the Jags on top of the Los Angeles Chargers in Wild Card Weekend. But the truth is that he had a limited range, which is why Jacksonville often went for it on fourth down last year. Meanwhile, McManus has shown the ability to consistently nail 50+ yard kicks throughout his career.
While Patterson became a fan favorite, McManus brings stability and range to the kicker position. And aside from signing McManus, the Jags didn't make many changes to their special teams this offseason. Long snapper Ross Matiscik is currently out with a shoulder injury but head coach Doug Pederson told the media that he'll be fine and they're keeping him out as a precautionary measure.
Punter Logan Cooke is also back, so barring injury, don't expect the Jaguars to many any other changes to their special teams before the 2023 season.
Specialists (3): Brandon McManus (K), Ross Matiscik (LS), and Logan Cooke (P)