Jaguars on the Bubble

The Jaguars close the preseason on Thursday night in Landover, Maryland against the Washington Redskins. This is the final audition for some young players and veterans to earn a spot on the team's roster, and JagNation is going to break down which players have their spots locked up, and which guys still have some work to do.


In- David Garrard, Cleo Lemon

Bubble- Todd Bouman

Cleo Lemon has secured the backup job, not so much by his performance, but by his contract. The Jaguars simply paid him too much to release him now. Todd Bouman has had an uneven camp performance and will likely be auditioning for some other team.


In- Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, Greg Jones, Montell Owens,

Bubble- Ciatrick Fason, Chauncey Washington

The final position at running back will likely be filled by seventh-round pick Chauncey Washington, despite his underwhelming preseason performance. Fason was signed a few days ago to take some of the load off of Washington for Thursday's game, and if he puts forth a good performance, he may be able to get a look from some team. With the solid performance of Greg Jones in the preseason, the team could go with just four running backs and Washington could be headed to the practice squad.


In- Jerry Porter, Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Mike Walker, Matt Jones

Bubble- Troy Williamson, Ryan Hoag, D'Juan Woods

The most interesting roster battle is likely at wide receiver, as we feel Matt Jones has done enough in preseason to earn him a paycheck. Troy Williamson appeared to be a shoe-in after OTA's, but an injury has slowed him down to bubble status. Hoag and Woods don't have the sheer talent and skills as Williamson, but they've done everything possible to make the team. It's more than possible that none of the three will earn roster spots, but with Jerry Porter likely not ready for the beginning of the season and Reggie Williams being slowed by a knee injury, the team could keep six. Thursday night's performance may determine which player the team keeps if any.


In- Marcedes Lewis

Bubble- Richard Angulo, Greg Estandia, Charles Davis, George Wrighster

Aside from Lewis, who is poised for a breakout season, none of the Jaguars tight ends have really stuck out thus far in camp. George Wrighster has been injured and may start the season on the PUP list, which would allow the team to keep one other guy for at least six weeks to get a better look at. Angulo seems to be getting most of the second-team reps, followed by Estandia and Davis. Davis has been the most impressive in preseason as far as catching the football, but it's really anyone's guess as to if the Jaguars keep three or four tight ends, and which players they will be. Thursday night could determine which one of these guys earns a spot, and it could be all of them.


In- Khalif Barnes, Richard Collier, Vince Manuwai, Brad Meester, Dennis Norman, Maurice Williams, Uche Nwaneri, Tony Pashos

Bubble- Tutan Reyes, Andrew Carnahan, Pete McMahon

The majority of the Jaguars offensive line is set, with those players mentioned above having all but locked up roster spots. They will likely take one more lineman, and Pete McMahon could be the guy, being that he's a tackle, and he's not a vested veteran so his contract isn't guaranteed. The Jaguars kept Reyes on the week one roster last year, and released him twice during the season (and were responsible for his entire salary). Carnahan is a candidate, but he may not physically be ready.


In- John Henderson, Rob Meier, Tony McDaniel, Paul Spicer, Reggie Hayward, Derrick Harvey, Quentin Groves

Bubble- Derek Landri, Jimmy Kennedy, Jeremy Mincey, Kenny Pettway, Mkristo Bruce, Jonathan Lewis, Jesse Mahelona, Bo Schobel

The Jaguars will likely keep just one more tackle and possibly one more defensive end, so the numbers aren't favorable to a lot of our bubble boys. Derek Landri seems to be close to a lock, but he's been bothered by injuries and may begin the season on the PUP list. That would likely open up a spot for Jimmy Kennedy. At defensive end, if the team keeps one more player, that player could be Mkristo Bruce, who has outplayed everyone else at the position. Jeremy Mincey could begin the year on the PUP, which would allow the team to get a better look at Bruce or Kenny Pettway. It would be considered a major, major upset if Lewis, Mahelona, or Schobel earned spots.


In- Mike Peterson, Justin Durant, Daryl Smith, Clint Ingram

Bubble- Thomas Williams, Tony Gilbert, Brian Iwuh, Brent Hawkins, Lamar Myles

It's likely that the team could keep two more players from the bubble list, and at this point the jobs are really up for grabs. The team's fifth-round pick, Thomas Williams is active, yet underwhelming, Tony Gilbert has been a special teams fixture, and Iwuh is battling an injury. Brent Hawkins, who has made the active roster in each of his two seasons, has been somewhat underwhelming. A combination of any two players wouldn't be surprising, but we tend to believe the Jaguars will lean toward Gilbert and Hawkins.


In- Rashean Mathis, Drayton Florence, Reggie Nelson, Brian Williams, Gerald Sensabaugh, Brian Witherspoon

Bubble- Scott Starks, Rashod Moulton, Jamaal Fudge, Chad Nkang, Pierson Prioleau, Trae Williams, Michael Grant, Isaiah Gardner

It's unclear how many players in the secondary the Jaguars will keep, but at this point our best guess is two from this list. Starks has had a very good camp, and should claim the dime-back job, and Prioleau is the leading candidate for the backup spot at safety, but don't be surprised if Fudge, Grant or Gardner wins that spot. Chad Nkang may begin the season on the PUP list, as he's missed all of camp with a wrist injury.


In- Josh Scobee, Adam Podlesh, Joe Zelenka

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