Final Jaguars Position Analysis-Offense

The Jaguars cut veterans and rookies alike, and even made a trade over the weekend to polish and prune their roster to the league-mandated number of 53. The final roster includes eight of the nine draft picks, and two undrafted free agent rookies. JagNation ranks the strength of each position.

Quarterback- David Garrard, Luke McCown

The Jaguars traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Buccaneers for Luke McCown, a move that we feel upgraded the position significantly. David Garrard is what he is- an elite athlete who has trouble reading defenses and going through his progressions, and now the Jaguars will have a viable backup option if Garrard continues to struggle.

Strength ranking: 5 out of 10

Running backs- Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Greg Jones, Montell Owens

The team seems a little light at running back as they have just four guys including fullbacks. Jones-Drew is as good as it gets; Jennings is a promising rookie, Jones is a beast, and Owens has some running skills, but earns his paychecks on special teams. Rumor has it that the team is searching for a veteran option at the position, which is really a head-scratcher considering they cut Fred Taylor "to get younger" in the offseason.

Strength ranking: 8 out of 10

Wide receivers- Torry Holt, Mike Sims-Walker, Troy Williamson, Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard, Nate Hughes

David Garrard claims that this is the best WR corps he's ever had, and although there is a lot of promise, none of these players have proven much with the exception of Torry Holt. Holt is not the same player he was, but is still a reliable target; Sims-Walker has number one ability, but his biggest question is durability; Williamson is a good route runner and extremely fast, but has always had issues catching the ball; Thomas is sudden and quick, and could be a perfect slot receiver; Dillard is small, but runs seamless routes and has good hands; Hughes had a fine camp which earned him a roster spot.

Strength ranking 6 out of 10

Tight ends- Marcedes Lewis, Greg Estandia, Zach Miller, Ernest Wilford

Marcedes Lewis is an elite blocker, and showed an ability to catch the ball this preseason and could be a seam threat; Estandia is a tall, 6'8" target, but isn't much of a blocker; Miller is a rookie project who was having a great camp until a knee injury forced him to miss the final three preseason games; Wilford is a veteran who will be used in the slot.

Strength ranking 4 out of 10

Offensive tackle- Eugene Monroe, Tra Thomas, Eben Britton, Jordan Black

Monroe will be the opening day starter at LT, and that's to be expected from the eighth overall pick in the draft. He had a very solid preseason after missing nearly two weeks of camp. Thomas is veteran who was the victim of Monroe's draft status, but provides the best backup LT in the league, possibly in league history. Britton will start on the right side, as he beat out Tony Pashos for the starting job; Black had a solid camp which earned him a contract extension.

Strength ranking: 7.5 out of 10

Interior offensive line- Brad Meester, Maurice Williams, Vince Manuwai, Uche Nwaneri, Dennis Norman

Meester is the starting center, but he was less than stellar in the preseason; Williams will be fighting for a starting job with Nwaneri, and was pushed around in the preseason; Manuwai is coming off a knee injury, and is probably the Jaguars best interior lineman; Nwaneri can play all three interior positions on the line, but wasn't overwhelmingly great in the preseason and that's why Williams still has a roster spot; Norman is a jack of all trades who can play all five positions on the line. Although he's versatile, he's not better than any of the Jaguars projected starters.

Strength ranking: 5 out of 10.


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