JagNation Depth Chart Analysis

With Jack Del Rio posting his "official," league mandated depth chart yesterday, we at JagNation will analyze how much of it is accurate, and how much is, well, fabricated. The idea for this particular column came from Dolphin Digest's Alain Poupart, who did the same thing with the Dolphins "official" depth chart.

Offense

QB- Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, Quinn Gray, Tim Couch, Lester Ricard
    No real surprises here. Based upon what we're witnessed in camp, Leftwich and Garrard are locks, with Gray and Couch battling for the third string job. Gray is probably the better player right now, but his $1.2 million salary is excessive for a number three guy.
RB-Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew ,Alvin Pearman, LaBrandon Toefield, D.D. Terry
    Jack certainly has the first two correct, and it's fairly obvious that barring any unforeseen injury, Pearman and Toefield will be fighting for one spot. D.D. Terry hasn't turned out to be as good as I advertised.
FB- Greg Jones, Derrick Wimbush, Montell Owens
    Jones is definitely the number one, but at this point I would give Owens a very slight edge over Wimbush.
WR - Ernest Wilford, Matt   Jones, Roosevelt Kiser, John Broussard, D'Juan Woods
    Okay, please let the fabrications begin. Jack Del Rio refuses to put rookies at the top of any depth charts, so take this with a grain of salt. Realistically, Wilford is definitely on the bubble, and the knee injury that he suffered yesterday can't help his case. At this point, Jones would be on top out of this group with Broussard, Wilford, Woods, and Kiser rounding it out.
WR- Dennis Northcutt, Charles Sharon, Reggie Williams , Jimmy Farris, Mike Walker
    Interesting. This wide receiver position certainly seems loaded in comparison to the other spot. Based on camp production, this would read: Northcutt, Walker, Williams, Farris, and Sharon, but your likely opening day starter will be Reggie Williams. Each of the five have a legitimate shot at making the roster, but unfortunately either Sharon or Farris, or both will not make it.
TE - Marcedes Lewis, Richard Angulo , George Wrighster , Jermaine Wiggins, Greg Estandia
    Okay, here's where the coach gets a little tricky on us again. Lewis is clearly the number one TE, but I expect to see either Wiggins or Estandia handle the number two duties. Wrighster has been injured, and is not a lock to make the roster. Better luck next year for Richard Angulo.

LT - Khalif Barnes , Richard Collier, Samuel Gutekunst
    Can't argue with this. Barring injury, Barnes will be the starter, followed by Collier, Gutekunst gets the international practice squad exemption.
LG - Vince Manuwai, Pete McMahon, Uche Nwaneri
    One for three isn't too bad. Vince Manuwai is clearly the starter, but the fifth-round draft pick, Uche Nwaneri will likely push, and get a roster spot as a backup. McMahon may be able to make the practice squad.
C - Dennis Norman , Dan Connolly, Brad Meester
    With Meester's injury, Dennis Norman has been catapulted to number one status on the depth chart. Connolly is a talented guy, but he may become a victim of numbers this season.
RG - Chris Naeole, Stockar McDougle , Ryan Gibbons
    No major surprises here, Naeole played the '06 season at a Pro-Bowl level. McDougle and Gibbons will both be fighting for a roster spot.
RT - Tony Pashos, Maurice Williams, Andrew Carnahan
    With the acquisition of Pasos, Mo Williams has been relegated to backup duties. Williams saved his job by taking a paycut this season, and Carnahan will be somewhat of a long-shot to make the roster.
Defense

LDE- Bobby McCray, Brent Hawkins, Kenny Pettway, Jeremy Mincey
    No real surprises here, but Hawkins is very close to McCray. Pettway has exceeded expectations up to this point, and even Mincey has made some plays.
LT- Marcus Stroud, Rob Meier, Walter Curry
    Can't argue with the coach here. Curry will have to do some extraordinary things to make this roster.
RT- John Henderson, Tony McDaniel, Derek Landri
    Henderson is the best in the business, and we can't really argue with McDaniel being slotted ahead of Landri at this point. All three have looked very good, and all three will likely make the roster.
RDE- Reggie Hayward, Paul Spicer, James Wyche, Brian Smith
    Hayward has looked solid coming off his Achilles injury, and Spicer hasn't practiced much at all. Wyche has been a beast, and may supplant Spicer. Smith appears to be headed to the IR.
OLB- Clint Ingram, Pat Thomas, Jorge Cordova
    I can't argue with this trio. Thomas has been somewhat of a forgotten man, as he missed the '06 season, but is playing fairly well in camp. Cordova must do something special to make this roster.
MLB- Mike Peterson, Nick Greisen, Tony Gilbert
    Peterson has looked great, Greisen is solid. Gilbert will need to play very well on special teams in the preseason to collect a paycheck here.
OLB- Daryl Smith, Brian Iwuh, Justin Durant
    Realistically, Smith is the starter, Durant is his backup. Iwuh has looked good in spots, but it's doubtful that he can compete with the second round pick.
LCB- Rashean Mathis, Scott Starks, Bruce Thornton, Jamar Landrom
    I can't argue with this pairing either. Starks will compete for the nickel job, Thornton and Landrom are likely still a year away.
RCB- Brian Williams, Terry Cousin, Dee Webb, Rashod Moulton
    Williams is of course the starter, but Dee Webb is having a fine camp, and will push Terry Cousin for his roster spot. Moulton seems to be out of his league thus far.
SS- Gerald Sensabaugh, Kevin McCadam, Josh Gattis, Chad Nkang
    Sensabaugh has been penciled in as the starter, but the competition is wide open after that. Gattis and Nkang are likely battling it out for the backup role, and McCadam needs something good to happen to him in the preseason games to notch a spot.
FS- Nick Sorensen, Reggie Nelson, Jamaal Fudge
    Hmmm. If the Jaguars have to play a game with Nick Sorensen as their starting free safety, they're in trouble. Nelson was drafted first, he will start, Fudge will likely make the squad.




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