Jaguars final 53-man roster projection for the 2023 NFL Season: The Offense
In spite of all the injuries the Jaguars' offensive line has experienced over the last few weeks, they will probably have a logjam at several positions come roster cutdown day. Not only that, the team's brass will likely need to decide whether they'll give a spot to third-string quarterback Nathan Rourke, who's made the most of his preseason chances.
The issue with keeping Rourke around is that his spot could go to a player who could potentially contribute on special teams. Having said that, the Jags don't want to be in a position in which they have no options at quarterback because Trevor Lawrence and C.J. Beathard went down.
Think of carrying a third-quarterback into the season as having car or house insurance. The hope is that you won't ever need it but you still keep it in case the worst-case scenario unfolds. All things considered, would you like to have an extra cornerback that will contribute sparingly or insurance at quarterback?
Quarterbacks (3): Trevor Lawrence, C.J. Beathard, Nathan Rourke
Running backs (4): Travis Etienne, Tank Bigsby, D'Ernest Johnson, JaMycal Hasty
Wide receivers (5): Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, Calvin Ridley, Jamal Agnew, Parker Washington
Tight ends (4): Evan Engram, Brenton Strange, Luke Farrell, Gerrit Prince
Offensive linemen (8): Anton Harrison, Ben Bartch, Luke Fortner, Brandon Scherff, Walker Little, Tyler Shatley, Cooper Hodges, Josh Wells.
The last two spots are in italics because Cooper Hodges and Wells are currently dealing with injuries. Hodges suffered a patella injury against the Lions while Wells hurt his abductor during joint practices in the days preceding the game.
It's also worth noting that Cam Robinson will serve a four-game suspension to start the 2023 season for violations to the league's PED policy. During that time, he won't count toward the 53-roster. However, the Jags will need to free up a spot once he's eligible to return.