Jake Long: Though injuries and age have caught up to the former first overall pick, the veteran still has experience and craftiness to offer this Jags offensive line. Long would not only be a locker room leader, but could lend his expertise to the young offensive line. With four pro bowls and two all pros under his belt, Long would be the most decorated Jags offensive linemen since Tony Boselli. Obviously this is not the 2010 version of Jake Long, but do Jags really have anything to lose when it comes to the offensive line? The “competition” between Luke Joeckel and Kelvin Beachum turned out to be a joke. Beachum was the starter since day one, unless there was absolutely no way he would be healthy in time.
Justin Hunter: Perhaps the most surprising preseason cut. Hunter was a second round draft pick in 2013 and brings great physical attributes to the table. With a rare combo of size (6’4/203 lbs) and speed (4.36 40yd dash) Hunter could be incredibly serviceable for the Jags. He never quite seemed to grasp the NFL level of play, but the upside is most definitely there. Hunter’s hands have been suspect, and he does not run the cleanest routes. However, he has great athleticism and that is something you can’t teach. The Jags don’t necessarily need any more wide receivers, but picking up a waiver wire addition isn’t exactly a franchise contract.
Major Wright: It’s no secret the Jags have their starters at safety. Tashaun Gipson and Johnathan Cyprien will be starting week one, however the depth at safety is incredibly shallow for this Jags team. James Sample is still banged up, and has never been able to stay healthy during his short Jags career. Major Wright has never been a stud in the NFL, but has been a starting safety on a winning team. He would not only add to the depth, but also challenge Johnathan Cyprien to take the next step up in his career.
Shakeel Rashad: The rookie out UNC just couldn’t crack it in Houston. The Jags don’t have a lot of depth at the linebacker position. Though Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny and Myles Jack make for a solid starting squad on paper. The Jags need depth; you don’t want to be an injury away from a thrown away season on defense (ask the Ravens). Rashad is 6’2 235 and the best part about him; he’s only 22 and has a lot of room for growth. There is already a locker room leader on defense at the linebacker position in Posluszny, so why not add to the depth with a hungry young athlete?