Lack Of Depth Evident In Jags Final Roster

The Jaguars made their final cuts and they will need some players to over perform to be a competitive team, especially early on. We examined the final cuts on offense.

The Jaguars made their cuts to their final 53-man roster on Friday and Saturday and there will likely be a couple more moves, but the core will be the same. There were very few surprises, mostly younger guys kept over veterans and the team kept the current regime’s “guys.”

Again, not a surprise, most everyone does it that way.

The one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is despite having a pretty strong showing during preseason, the Jaguars are still a major work in progress. Again, not a surprise when you consider where the team was when former GM Gene Smith left the roster in ruins with his poor drafting, signings and contracts with a greater eye on fooling the owner to keep his job.

Breaking Down The Final 53

The Jaguars decided to go with two quarterbacks- Chad Henne and Blake Bortles. I believe the idea of going in with three was a possibility but neither Stephen Morris nor Ricky Stanzi proved that they should collect a check and most importantly burn a roster spot.

The team went with five running backs (one fullback) which wasn’t a huge surprise. Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson each made the roster. Todman and Johnson didn’t do much in the preseason, and them earning roster spots is another example of poor depth.

On the outside, the Jaguars kept the expected wideouts- Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, with undrafted rookie Allen Hurns earning a spot and the final two being granted to Mike Brown and the suspended Ace Sanders. Jacksonville will be a little thin during the first month of the season as Ace Sanders is serving a four-game suspension and Allen Robinson is nursing a hamstring injury. This is probably the deepest position on offense, as most of the players are unknowns but they have significant talent.

The Jaguars kept three tight ends, and two of the three seem to be by default. Veteran Marcedes Lewis, the Jaguars oldest player on offense had a very solid camp and preseason and beyond him it’s warm bodies. Clay Harbor and Marcel Jensen “won” the spots, but it’s possible that the team could pick up another tight end via waivers.

The team’s offensive line will be an area of concern all season. It appears that the starters will be Luke Joeckel, Zane Beadles, Jacques McClendon, Brandon Linder and Austin Pasztor, with Cameron Bradfield filling in for the injured Pasztor. Sam Young, Tyler Shatley and Josh Wells will be backups but some of those names could change with waivers.

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