Big Opportunities For Certain Jags in Buffalo

The Jaguars improved mightily from their preseason opening rout at the hands of the Patriots to their come from behind victory over the Falcons on Friday. Some players are stepping up and some have been stagnant, opening the door for younger guys to win jobs. Find out which players can make an immediate impact this week and earn themselves jobs.

Blaine Gabbert



Contrary to popular belief, the starting quarterback job is Blaine Gabbert's to lose. In any NFL competition, the tie goes to the younger guy. In this case, the team traded up in the first round for the rookie and the veteran is due to earn nearly $8 million. Gabbert doesn't necessarily have to beat out Garrard, just be close and it's clear based on practices and the small sample in games that little more than a coin flip separates the two and if anything Gabbert has been better with just four weeks of practice. Better than the 10-year veteran.

If Gabbert puts together a good performance or just isn't terrible, he's going to win the job due to upside and economics. Saturday might not cement the starting job for him, but he can take what should be an insurmountable lead.

DuJuan Harris



One of the toughest tasks in the NFL this season will be making the Jaguars roster as a running back. With Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim all but locked in to roster positions, the Jaguars are as deep as any team in football at the position.

DuJuan Harris has been better than solid throughout Jaguars camp and led the team with 32 yards on just six carries in Friday night's win over Atlanta. With Maurice Jones-Drew limited, and Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim both recovering from concussions, Harris could see extended action on Saturday night and he's performing not only for the Jaguars, but 31 other teams.

Joey Haynos



The recently acquired blocking tight end from Maryland was inked due to yet another injury to Zach Miller which will likely keep him from participating for the rest of the preseason. Although Haynos is not competing for Miller's job, he is competing for the job that Zach Potter currently occupies. Jacksonville is expected to play a lot of two tight end sets this year and with the trouble at right tackle due to Eben Britton's injury, one of those tight ends will likely be primarily a blocker.

Jamar Newsome/Armon Binns



The Jaguars wide receiving corps hasn't been impressing anyone this summer and the competition appears to be wide open (because the receivers have been anything but that). Jamar Newsome made a nice special teams play and caught a 19-yard pass on Friday and Armon Binns caught the only Jaguars touchdown of the season to date. It's doubtful that both will make the roster, but it's wide open for one of them assuming they step up and show they belong.

Tony Moll



With Eben Britton on the shelf for who knows how long, the Jaguars right tackle job is wide open and it doesn't appear as if anyone wants it. Guy Whimper has been the defacto starter and he's been one level above awful. If there's ever a job that can be won with a solid performance it's this one, and Tony Moll is a veteran who just might be able to get it done.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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