Analyzing The First Round Of Cuts

The Jaguars trimmed their roster from 90 to 75 on Saturday, without a lot of surprises. We're going to break down the moves they made and why they made them.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were forced to make some roster moves and they did so on Saturday.  We're going to categorize the moves and explain why they did so. 

IR- DE- Dante Fowler, OT- Josh Wells, WR- Greg Jenkins (waived/injured)

The team's first-round pick tore his ACL in his first rookie minicamp and placing him on IR was simply a matter of when and not if.  The team decided to keep 89 true players instead of 90 with Fowler still staying on the active roster through training camp. 

Obviously the team feels that there is some sort of future with Josh Wells or else they would just release him outright.  Wells going to IR probably saved Austin Pasztor's roster spot. 

Jenkins was a long shot to make the roster in any way.  

Cut- WR- Tandon Doss, QB- Jeff Tuel, CB- Tommie Campbell, S- Desmond Cooper, TE- Connor Hamlett, P/K- Kasey Redfern, DE, Camaron Beard, DT- Eric Crume, OL- Cody Booth, OL- Jack Rummels, LB- Khairi Fortt, LB- Mister Alexander. 

Tandon Doss is the only slight surprise out of this group, as he was a veteran that should have really competed for a roster spot.  Doss dropped the ball thrown his way on Friday night, and he's been mediocre at best in the return game.  This is more a sign of Doss not living up to expectations then the Jaguars having elite depth at the position. 

Jeff Tuel didn't have much of a chance at the roster with his awkward throwing motion.  Maybe a team that gets a rash of injuries at the QB position will pick him up, but it isn't too likely.  Tuel doesn't have a particularly strong arm and if the Jaguars do need him somewhere down the road he will likely be available to them. 

Connor Hamlett did about all he could do to make the team, but he was too far down the depth chart with rookie Ben Koyack being a draft pick.  Hamlett could get picked up somewhere. 

Kasey Redfern didn't have much of a shot to make the roster against Bryan Anger, a former draft pick.  He didn't really get enough chances to get a look from other teams. 

The rest of those guys simply didn't flash enough to warrant the reps of playing in a fourth preseason game.  Offensive linemen usually have a better chance of getting picked up due to the numbers, but with the Jaguars thin at linebacker, the releases of Fortt and Alexander really show that the team had virtually no interest and they shouldn't expect a call back. 

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