Jaguars Roster Bubble Watch

Thursday night is the Jaguars final preseason tune up before the real bullets fly on September 11th. To most fans it's a meaningless game in which the starters will play little if at all. For the 45 or so guys whose jobs are up in the air, this game is their Super Bowl. Find out about the competition for the final roster spots.

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio loves to preach competition throughout training camp and the fact that there is a legitimate open competition at most spots allow the Jaguars to be able to sign priority undrafted free agents. This year is no different as there may be anywhere from 15 to 20 roster positions that are up in the air.

Quarterbacks



After Todd Bouman was relieved of his duties earlier this week the Jaguars are left with three signal callers- David Garrard, Blaine Gabbert and Luke McCown. The only job that is somewhat up in the air is ironically, Jack Del Rio's starting quarterback David Garrard. Garrard has been bad all preseason and throughout training camp, and another horrible performance could swing the vote in Blaine Gabbert's direction. Still, we believe that Garrard will perform just as a synopsis of his career- barely good enough to keep his job.

Running Backs



We're pretty sure that there are four roster locks- Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Deji Karim and Greg Jones, along with special teamer Montell Owens. It's unclear whether the team will keep one or possibly even two more backs but with Jennings potentially on the shelf with a knee injury, one more back is likely. The top candidates for the job are undrafted rookie DuJuan Harris and Brock Bolen. Richard Murphy and Albert Young have an outside shot.

Offensive Line



The Jaguars starting line when healthy will look like this from left to right- Eugene Monroe, Will Rackley, Brad Meester, Uche Nwaneri and Eben Britton- those are roster locks. Although Guy Whimper has played poorly in preseason games, he will make the roster due to Britton's hurt back. Tony Moll has a leg up on Jason Spitz, due to his versatility, and Daniel Baldridge is a project type of tackle that the team has been pretty high on. John Estes and Cameron Bradfield will likely be on the outside looking in.

Wide Receivers



The wide receiver position is the toughest to predict, as no member of the group has stood out at all. Roster locks are Mike Thomas, Jason Hill, Cecil Shorts and Kassim Osgood. After those four, the Jaguars could justify one more player, possibly two, or maybe even none. Jarett Dillard has the best shot if they keep one more based on the team investing a draft pick on him two years ago and nobody else standing out. Undrafted rookies Jamar Newsome, Armon Binns and Dontrelle Inman each could fill that roster spot with a breakout game, but there's no urgency necessary as its likely that no team would sign one of them if the Jaguars were to option them to the practice squad.

Tight Ends



There are two solid locks in Marcedes Lewis and Zachary Miller, the other one or possibly even two spots are open. Veterans Zach Potter and Joey Haynos will be vying for the role as a primary blocker, while undrafted rookies Tommy Gallarda and Kyle Miller are outside shots for a roster position, although Gallarda may have shown enough for a practice squad look.

Defensive Line



There are a lot of players who will make the Jaguars roster on the defensive line that probably aren't NFL players. Here are the locks: Tyson Alualu, Terrance Knighton, Aaron Kampman, Jeremy Mincey and Matt Roth. Jacksonville will likely keep three or four more players on the line and those with the best shot of sticking are Leger Douzable, Austen Lane and D'Anthony Smith. Others vying for a spot in order of likelihood to make the roster are Aaron Morgan, Larry Hart, Odrick Ray, Nate Collins, C.J. Mosely and Andrew Lewis.

Linebackers



The Jaguars renovated linebacking corps consists of four roster locks in Daryl Smith, Clint Session, Paul Posluszny and Kyle Bosworth. Jacksonville will likely keep two more players at the position and the best bets are Russell Allen and Jacob Cutrera. Undrafted rookie Michael Lockley has a shot thanks to his special teams contributions, as well as Scott Lutrus.

Secondary



The Jaguars have five roster locks in the secondary with Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox, Dawan Landry, Drew Coleman and Courtney Greene. It's unclear whether the team will keep three or four more players and it's pretty much a wide open competition for the remaining spots. Chris Prosinski has the best shot being a draft pick, as does Rod Issac who was working at safety. Kevin Rutland and William Middleton are names to watch, as well as Terrence Wheatley. Don Carey and David Jones have experience, and Jalil Johnson and Matt Estrada have some potential.

Specialists



Josh Scobee, Matt Turk and Jeremy Cain will be the specialist battery.

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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