Analyzing the Final Roster Moves

The Jaguars made several roster moves to get down to the league mandated 53 players on Saturday and most were expected. Find out why each move was made as we break down which were mistakes and which were dead on.

The Jaguars decided to place the following players on injured reserve: Rashad Jennings, David Jones, Aaron Morgan, Richard Murphy and D'Anthony Smith.

Jennings suffered a knee injury after the Jaguars third preseason game at Buffalo and we're told that although he could've been ready at one point in the season, it didn't make sense to lock up that roster spot for a few months for a backup running back, especially when Deji Karim looked so fantastic in preseason.

David Jones to IR is a mystery. He wasn't very good in camp or in preseason and he likely wouldn't make anyone's roster. This move reeks of the front office trying to save face on a bad trade.

Aaron Morgan is a 3-4 tweener that doesn't fit in anyone's 4-3. The guy has some talent so perhaps the team will revisit the idea of a 3-4 next year or he'll try to put on more muscle.

Richard Murphy was solid in pass protection during the preseason but didn't really make any plays to stand out. It's likely that if he were waived and then offered a practice squad position, no team would've scooped him up.

D'Anthony Smith was sent to IR because he's a former third-round pick and appears to have nothing. The team doesn't want to cut a third-round pick.

The following players were waived or released: DE Larry Hart, DT Andrew Lewis, KR Scotty McGee, WR Armon Binns, WR Dontrelle Inman, LB Scott Lutrus, TE Tommy Gallarda, TE Joey Haynos, CB Terrence Wheatley, OT Daniel Baldrige, RB DuJuan Harris, RBAlbert Young, LB Michael Lockley, CB Jalil Johnson, S Don Carey, TE Kyle Miller, OL Tony Moll, DE Odrick Ray, LB Jacob Cutrera, S Matt Estrada, OL Wade Grayson, CB T.J. Heath, and LS Jake Ingram.

Larry Hart put on weight this year and lost his explosiveness. He's another player who was best suited at his former size for a 3-4....Andrew Lewis was outplayed by Nate Collins and C.J. Mosely....Scotty McGee offered nothing in the return game nor did he play any other position....Armon Binns and Dontrelle Inman had chances to make the roster but they came up very small in the preseason finale and Jamar Newsome played well......Scott Lutrus was simply beaten out by Russell Allen and Kyle Bosworth....Tommy Gallarda played well but was a victim of numbers/Zach Miller at the position.....Joey Haynos was beaten out by Zach Potter.....Jalil Johnson showed nothing that said he can play NFL football.....Terrence Wheatley is a veteran who isn't quite good enough....Daniel Baldridge was beaten like a drum every time he was involved in a play and was bested by undrafted free agent Cameron Bridgefield....DuJuan Harris had a fantastic preseason, but the team felt more comfortable going with Montell Owens and Brock Bolen. Harris will be offered a practice squad position if he clears waivers.....Albert Young simply wasn't good enough.....Michael Lockley had more penalties than big plays in the preseason but showed some ability....Don Carey was the worst player in football last season and the only reason he made it this long was due to Gene Smith claiming him off the Browns waived/injured list two years ago.....Kyle Miller has some long-snapping skills but he's not good enough at anything......Tony Moll is a veteran who is likely at the end of his career.....Odrick Ray looked very good in camp and will be offered a practice squad position, according to his Twitter the team wants him to add about 20 pounds......Jacob Cutrera made some plays but was slow and out of position too often......Matt Estrada will likely be offered a practice squad position. He has potential to develop but was "beaten out" by fourth-round pick Chris Prosinski and fifth-round pick Rod Issac.....Wade Grayson didn't stand out enough.....T.J. Heath made no big plays to get on anyone's radar.......Jake Ingram is a backup long-snapper.

As you can see, some of the moves were political as the front office protected their draft picks. This happens on a lot of teams and it's not too eye-opening. The best teams keep the best 53 players and it's debatable whether or not the Jaguars did that.

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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