Quarterbacks- David Garrard, Cleo Lemon
No explanation necessary for Garrard. Regarding Lemon, we feel that he will improve as he gets more familiar with the Jaguars playbook, and ultimately, the $3M the team paid him earns him a spot.
Running backs- Fred Taylor, Greg Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, Chauncey Washington, Montell Owens
No explanations necessary for Taylor, Jones, and Jones-Drew. We believe the move to waive D.D. Terry a week ago pretty much guaranteed a roster spot for seventh-round pick Chauncey Washington, and Montell Owens is a legitimate special teams stud.
Wide receivers- Jerry Porter, Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Mike Walker, Troy Williamson
Porter and Williams have roster spots locked up. We believe Northcutt offers great route running ability as well as being a weapon on special teams at punt returner. Walker is too talented to not make the roster assuming his knee is okay, and Williamson has star talent if he can learn to catch the forward pass when the pads are on.
Tight ends- Marcedes Lewis, George Wrighster, Greg Estandia, Charles Davis
No explanation necessary for Lewis. Wrighster has physical skills that the rest of the Jaguars tight ends aside from Lewis don't possess, and Estandia is a giant 6'8" target as well as a history at long-snapper which could come in handy. Charles Davis is one of the big upsets, as he has seemingly came out of nowhere. Davis has good hands and is a physical presence.
Offensive line- Khalif Barnes, Maurice Williams, Brad Meester, Vince Manuwai, Tony Pashos, Richard Collier, Dennis Norman, Uche Nwaneri, Tutan Reyes
Last season's starting five should all return, although Barnes and Williams' starting roles are in minor jeopardy. Collier has a new contract, so he is a lock, Norman is versatile and can play all five line positions, Nwaneri will push for a starting job at left guard, and Reyes is a very solid veteran that can step in and play.
Defensive tackles- John Henderson, Rob Meier, Tony McDaniel, Derek Landri, Jimmy Kennedy
Henderson and Meier are locks, and McDaniel also received a new deal. Landri finished his rookie season strong and the team is prepared to grant him a greater role. Kennedy has first-round talent and we believe the team will go heavy at this position.
Defensive ends- Derrick Harvey, Quentin Groves, Paul Spicer, Reggie Hayward, James Wyche
No explanations necessary for Harvey and Groves. Spicer is getting on in years, but was the Jaguars defensive MVP a year ago. Hayward will have every opportunity to return back from the ruptured Achilles that cost him 2006 and slowed him in 2007. James Wyche is the semi-upset pick, as we believe he'll impress the coaches enough to earn a roster spot if he stays healthy.
Linebackers- Daryl Smith, Mike Peterson, Justin Durant, Clint Ingram, Brian Iwuh, Thomas Williams
No explanations necessary for Smith, Peterson, Durant, or Ingram. Iwuh is a great special teams contributor, and Williams was drafted with the purpose of improving the team's already good special teams unit.
Cornerbacks- Rashean Mathis, Drayton Florence, Scott Starks, Trae Williams
No explanations necessary for Mathis and Florence. Starks has been with the team for three seasons, and we believe he can earn a spot at nickel. Williams is a developmental player who was extremely productive at USF.
Safeties- Brian Williams, Reggie Nelson, Gerald Sensabaugh, Pierson Prioleau, Chad Nkang
No explanations necessary for Williams and Nelson. Sensabaugh can still earn a starting spot at strong safety assuming his shoulders hold up. Prioleau makes the team almost solely due to his relationship with new Jaguars defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and Nkang is a special teams star in the making.
Specialists- Josh Scobee, Adam Podlesh, Joe Zelenka
There's no one else on the roster.
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