In the NFL, one man's tough break is another man's opportunity.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Arrelious Benn wasn't an absolute lock to make the team's roster, but he was having the strongest camp of his six-year NFL career. After Saturday night's broken clavicle, Benn now finds himself on the team's IR list.
“This is a paper cut compared to the type of injuries [two torn ACLs] that I’ve had before,’’ Benn told the Florida Times-Union. “It is what it is. I’ll bounce back from it.’’
Benn's loss will be someone else's gain as the Jaguars will likely keep five wide receivers and four of them are already decided: Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee and Rashad Greene.
This leaves one roster spot for either Neal Sterling, Bryan Walters, Kasey Closs, Tony Washington, Greg Jenkins, Tandon Doss or Erik Lora.
Here's how we see the competition for the final spot:
Although Sterling is battling a hamstring injury, he would likely have the inside track to the roster spot if healthy, as he is a drafted rookie. Sterling is a big, impressive looking target who is raw and needs to learn the game. The practice squad would seem like the best place for him, but obviously the Jaguars would have to sneak him through waivers. IR may also be an option.
Bryan Walters is probably the most accomplished guy in competition for the spot. He runs solid routes, has good hands and some special teams abilities. He's actually made NFL rosters before.
Kasey Closs is a bigger target who has caught nearly everything thrown his way. He's an undrafted rookie so obviously that is working against him.
Tony Washington is a smaller, slot receiver who hurt himself on Saturday with a couple of drops. He is another guy who likely won't be picked up if he hits the street, and if the Jaguars need him at some point in the future he'll be there.
Greg Jenkins has had a nice camp, but he hasn't stuck out enough.
Tandon Doss has had a tough camp and hasn't done much to stand out, at receiver or on special teams.
There probably isn't anything Erik Lora can do to make the roster, getting here this late. He will try to put together some good tape in the final preseason game.
In summation, it's more than likely that Sterling or Walters will fill the final wide receiver spot.
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