Final 53? More like Final 10
The first job up for grabs is one of the most publicized, the positions at safety.
Backup safety- Reggie Nelson, Sean Considine and Tyron Brackenridge.
Roster spots already won: Gerald Alexander and Anthony Smith.
The team is likely to keep four safeties. This is really anyone's guess, but we believe the Jaguars will part ways with former first-round pick and Florida Gator, Reggie Nelson. Don't read too much into the fact that Nelson started Saturday's game against Tampa. The team wanted to see what he could do against the Bucs ones, and that very well may have sealed his fate. At this point in their careers, Sean Considine and Tyron Brackenridge appear to be better football players despite having a fraction of the talent as Nelson.
The Jaguars will likely keep four or five corners, and this has been a very intriguing competition.
Fourth and fifth corner- William Middleton, Don Carey, Scotty McGee and Michael Coe
Roster spots already won: Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox and Scott Starks.
Based on preseason play, William Middleton and Michael Coe should be the front-runners with their play. Middleton offers consistent special teams ability and Coe spent some time on the roster with the team a year ago. McGee could earn a spot based on his kickoff and punt return abilities, especially with fellow rookie return man Deji Karim currently injured. Don Carey came into camp with some fanfare, but he really hasn't delivered. If Carey makes the team, it will be based solely on potential and not the actual play.
We project that the Jaguars will keep five at defensive end, and we believe the competition is down to just two players. Fifth defensive end- Jeremy Mincey and Aaron Morgan
Roster spots already won: Aaron Kampman, Derrick Harvey, Larry Hart and Austen Lane.
With only one spot remaining, the Jaguars have to decide between young and old (er). Jeremy Mincey can play inside and outside and it appears as if the coaching staff trusts him. The staff is intrigued with Morgan, the undrafted rookie, but with the likelihood that Morgan can be "stashed away" on the practice squad, the Jaguars will likely go with the veteran.
The competition at defensive tackle has opened itself up over the past three weeks when the team added Leger Douzable.
Fourth defensive tackle- Leger Douzable, Walter Curry, Kommonyan Quaye and Jeremy Navarre.
Roster spots already won: Tyson Alualu, Terrance Knighton and Atiyyah Ellison.
With only one spot available, the frontrunner is former UCF Knight Leger Douzable. Douzable was signed on August 8th and has done nothing to lose his job since he arrived. Walter Curry is a veteran who is very familiar with the system, and he could upstage the impressive Douzable with a good performance on Thursday. Quaye is likely a practice squad candidate.
The Jaguars could be a little thin on the offensive line, and the team will likely keep a fourth tackle. Backup tackle- Kevin Haslam, Paul McQuistan and Daniel Baldridge.
Roster spots already won: Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton and Jordan Black
The team is likely to keep just four tackles (at the most), and undrafted rookie Kevin Haslam is the clear front-runner. Haslam is certainly more of a right tackle than left, as he played on the right side in college, but he's been the most impressive of the Jaguars undrafted rookies at the position.
Wide receiver is one of the "sexiest" competitions, as it appears the Jaguars will have to release or waive a pretty good player.
Fifth wide receiver- Troy Williamson, Tiquan Underwood and John Matthews.
Roster spots already won: Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas, Kassim Osgood, Jarett Dillard.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that the Jaguars keep six wide receivers, but five is much more likely. Troy Williamson and Tiquan Underwood have a similar skill set, and they are the front-runners for the final spot. It doesn't really make sense to keep two outside speed guys especially when your starting quarterback can't throw the deep ball. John Matthews has had a spectacular camp, but he is a possession receiver and doesn't have the upside of the other two. Although Matthews is less of a long-shot than he was when camp started, it would still be considered a huge upset if he garnered a roster spot.
The Jaguars will probably keep six linebackers, but there is likely only enough talent to justify five.
Fifth and sixth linebacker- Tony Gilbert, Jacob Cutrera, Teddy Lehman, Rod Wilson
Roster spots already won: Daryl Smith, Kirk Morrison, Justin Durant and Russell Allen
The team simply doesn't have six NFL caliber linebackers on their roster, but with the nagging injuries to Daryl Smith and Kirk Morrison, six is a likely number. Leading the pack is veteran Tony Gilbert and undrafted rookie Jacob Cutrera. Gilbert, like Douzable was another late in camp addition and Gilbert has played fairly well. Cutrera busted out on the radar Saturday, and although he's probably not quite ready he's the best guess to earn a spot.
Some other players who could earn roster spots with a strong performance Thursday night: offensive guard Justin Smiley, tight end Zach Potter, running back Brock Bolen and center Bradley Vierling.
With Tuesday's roster trim-down which included two interior linemen moving to IR, it seems very likely that Justin Smiley will make the roster. The Jaguars are thin on the interior line and Smiley is a somewhat accomplished veteran….Zach Potter is a big, blocking type of tight end and if the team decides to keep him it would likely mean the end for Greg Jones, although we don't believe that will happen….Brock Bolen has done everything he could possibly do to earn a roster spot. He's another player that could be pushing for Greg Jones' roster spot….Bradley Vierling was just added to the roster yesterday, and there's no real backup center left on the Jaguars roster. Vierling was likely brought in just for Thursday's game, but if he grades out well nothing is out of the question.
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