Following roster cutdown day, teams were able to put in claims on players Wednesday. Surprisingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars didn't make a single claim. Similarly, none of the players they released generated any interest from other clubs. This means they can easily bring back several players and they already got started. They signed third-string quarterback Nathan Rourke and other players after he failed to make the initial 53-man roster.
Tom Pelissero of NFL media and other insiders posted a list of all the claims that were made and the Jags didn't make a single one. He later shared a post in which he reported the Jaguars had signed Rourke to the practice squad.
Of the group that didn't make the initial 53-man roster, bringing back Rourke to the practice squad seemed like a no-brainer. Jacksonville currently has two quarterbacks on the roster and if either Trevor Lawrence or C.J. Beathard has to miss time, Rourke can be promoted to the active roster.
Rourke, who previously played for the B.C. Lions in the CFL, completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 348 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in three preseason games. Granted, he went against backups and third-stringers but he showed poise and the ability to improvise. His touchdown throw to running back Qadree Ollison against the Dallas Cowboys in the opener turned heads across the league and even got him Patrick Mahomes' seal of approval.
In the Jaguars practice squad, Rourke could keep working on his craft. If he makes enough progress, he could then compete with Beathard for the No. 2 job behind Lawrence next year. Similarly, he could join a team that gives him the chance to be the primary backup.
The Jaguars practice squad could have lots of talented players
Besides Nathan Rourke, the Jaguars have added other players to their practice squad. They've already brought back De'Shaan Dixon and tight end Josh Pederson.
The Jaguars will keep making moves and there will be several intriguing options to pick from. Tight end Gerrit Prince had a productive training camp and it seemed like he had earned a roster spot. Similarly, rookie defensive back Erick Hallett II flashed in the offseason and would be an excellent developmental project.
There's also wide receiver Seth Williams, who made several plays and made the most of his chances in the preseason. On top of that, the Jags need depth at offensive tackle, they could either bring back someone like Bobby Evans, who signed with the team during the preseason.
It's also worth noting that the Jaguars will tentatively place rookie offensive guard Cooper Hodges and defensive tackle on the short Injured Reserve list. If that's the case, two roster spots will be available and the Jaguars have several options to fill them.
The bottom line is that the Jacksonville Jaguars have a well-rounded roster and it looks like their practice squad will have lots of talent as well.