Quarterbacks- Todd Bouman, Paul Smith
Although Bouman had outplayed Lemon in OTA's and certainly in mini-camp, Lemon has the big guaranteed money, and the Jaguars will likely keep just two quarterbacks as they did a year ago. Bouman was available to the team in October last year, and he will likely be available again if they need him. As for Smith, the undrafted rookie is just not ready to suit up yet at this level, and he should be a great developmental practice squad quarterback.
Running backs- Anthony Cotrone, Lavarus Giles
Anthony Cotrone was one of our final cuts, as the coaching staff reportedly likes the effort he gave in OTA's and mini-camps. Cotrone was simply a victim of numbers at his position, and will likely be a practice squad candidate if he doesn't get picked up by some other team. Giles is just a guy.
Wide receivers- Matt Jones, John Broussard, D'Juan Woods, Jeron Harvey, Clyde Edwards
Jones and Broussard were obviously the toughest cuts at the position, as the team would hate to give up on the former first-round pick in Jones, and a player with superior speed in Broussard. It simply didn't make sense to keep more than five wideouts with the Jaguars style of offense, and those two players were numbers six and seven on the depth chart. D'Juan Woods had a solid spring, but he doesn't offer the upside of Williamson or Walker. Jeron Harvey looks like a reincarnation of Ernest Wilford, but he will likely need at least a year of development on the practice squad. Edwards seems to be the odd man out.
Tight ends- Richard Angulo, Chris Brown, Adam Bishop
The tight end position could go many different ways, as there isn't a huge disparity in the talent level after starter Marcedes Lewis and second-string George Wrighster. Angulo is a big target who has good hands, and could make someone's roster including the Jaguars. Brown and Bishop are developmental guys who may be practice squad candidates.
Offensive line- Drew Miller, Pete McMahon, Andrew Carnahan
Carnahan has the best shot of making the roster, but he's still a developmental prospect coming off a knee injury in college. McMahon and Miller have a better shot at the practice squad than the regular roster, due to all of the Jaguars experienced depth on the line. These three were mainly a victim of numbers.
Defensive tackle- Theo Horrocks
Horrocks may indeed be a solid player, but we have the Jaguars keeping five defensive tackles, which is a pretty high number. It's possible that Horrocks could beat out Jimmy Kennedy, but with practice squad eligibility the Jaguars may be better served in keeping the veteran (Kennedy) on the 53-man roster.
Defensive ends- Jeremy Mincey, Kenny Pettway, Alex Boston
Mincey was beat out by a player with a higher ceiling in James Wyche, and Pettway was simply a victim of numbers. Alex Boston will be little more than a camp body.
Linebackers- Brent Hawkins, Tony Gilbert, Lamar Myles
Hawkins was one of the final cuts, but the decision came down to experience. Hawkins has it, but he hasn't shown a great ability to affect the passer, which is what he was drafted to do. Gilbert is beat out by the younger Thomas Williams, and Myles will likely be better served on the practice squad.
Secondary- Brian Witherspoon, Rashod Moulton, Michael Grant, Isaiah Gardner, Jamaal Fudge
Witherspoon and Gardner may have the most physical skills out of the young corners, but they were beat out by experience in Starks, and the draft status of Trae Williams. Both are practice squad candidates. Moulton and Grant are little more than camp bodies, and Fudge was beat out by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams familiarity with Pierson Prioleau.
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