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Jaguars 2019 Position Group Breakdown: Quarterback

Brandon Carroll

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Dec 9, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After deciding to part ways with quarterback Blake Bortles at the end of last season, the Jaguars have revamped their quarterback room in terms of talent and new faces. After struggling at the position the last few years, Jacksonville determined it was time to pursue an established veteran quarterback via free agency as well as clear the room for some fresh new talent. 

Enter Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew, and Alex McGough. Two of which trying to solidify their spot on an NFL roster. The other being a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback from Philadelphia and a sure-fire starter this season, Nick Foles. Foles signed with the Jaguars this summer for 88 million dollars over four years with 50 million dollars guaranteed. A hefty price for a guy who has never played a full season in the NFL over his eight-year career. 

Taking a bit of a gamble by paying Foles nearly 22 million dollars per year, Jacksonville will rely heavily upon the quarterback to obtain success and accomplish the goals they set out for this season. 

The Jaguars weren’t taking any chances in assuring they get a well-developed quarterback that can take into the future. By signing Foles, the Jaguars nearly relinquished any opportunity at signing another large free-agent talent in the next few years. Causing them to be dependent on the play of their new quarterback. 

Projected Quarterback Depth Chart: 

*italicized indicates starter, underline indicates picked up via draft/free agency

Nick Foles, Gardener Minshew, Alex McGough

Nick Foles

Nick Foles is without a doubt the starting quarterback on this team. After being a prolific acquisition earlier in the offseason, Foles walks into an organization where there’s a lot of hope for the future. After years of miserable performances and lackluster quarterback play, Jaguars fans are excited to see what the new guy in town has for their franchise. 

While he has shown that he can get the job done on the biggest stage in football, he has not shown he can lead a team through the entire season. While having played well in his first year as a starter in 2013, Foles battled with injuries but excelled in the thirteen games he played in. Throwing for nearly 3,000 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. In the years following,  his play regressed as he played just 19 out of 32 games. He saw two consecutive seasons of 10 interceptions and a decrease in completion percentage. 

Recently, Foles has taken on the backup role at quarterback and has played well when his numbers been called. Leading Philadelphia to their first-ever Lombardi trophy, Foles threw for over 350 yards and three touchdowns. Including one to Zach Ertz to win the ball game. His knack for playing well in big-time situations was on display once again last season. Foles took the Eagles past the first round of the playoffs after Carson Wentz went down for the second year in a row. Foles is at the top of his game when he is counted out. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and he looks to continue that play in Jacksonville. 

Staying healthy will be a huge point going into training camp in late July. Foles tends to sit in the pocket and hold on to the ball warranting bone-crushing hits by some of the leagues best pass rushers. Foles will look to get the ball out of his hands early and often and continue to advance the ball downfield. Working to elevate his game in the sense of limiting the number of shots he takes will be a focal point going into the season for the veteran quarterback.  

Being able to transition back into a full-time starter will be huge to see what more he can accomplish in his career. At 30 years of age, Foles is in his prime, but how long he will be in his prime the question. Being able to take a Jaguars team with an outstanding defensive roster over the hump and deep into the playoffs will be his challenge in 2019.

Gardener Minshew

Gardner Minshew has shown his studious nature from his first days in Jacksonville which created a positive outlook on him within the organization. 

He was described as a passionate, fiery leader according to the Jaguars scouting report on him. Being exactly the guy you would like on your team. 

Offensive Coordinator, John Defilippo said that “He’s a very football-smart guy.” Which is important for any quarterback in learning the playbook and the intricacies within the offensive system. 

Minshew was drafted in the 6th round of this year’s draft out of Washington State. The Air Raid offense showcased Minshew’s strengths and even inserted his name into Heisman contention for much of the season. After transferring to WSU, Minshew threw for nearly 4,800 yards, 38 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in his one season under Mike Leach in Wazzu. Minshew showed great poise in the pocket and his accuracy completing 70% of his throws in 2018, while also leading the nation in passing yards, throwing for 397.6 yards per game. 

While having the lackluster arm strength and physical attributes compared to some of today’s NFL quarterbacks, Minshew has shown confidence and charisma on and off the field that makes him an intriguing prospect to take over the QB2 role for Jacksonville this season 

Minshew’s growth while in Pullman made him an intriguing prospect going into the draft. With the right coaching and development, he could succeed Foles when his time runs up in Jacksonville. The man with the mustache is ready for any challenge that comes his way. 

Alex McGough

Alex McGough, a second-year player out of Florida International looks to seal a spot on the team after an impressive showing thus far in training camp. While in college, McGough threw for nearly 9,100 yards and 65 touchdowns leading the Panthers all-time in touchdown passes and 2nd all-time in passing yards. 

Drafted in the 7th round by the Seattle Seahawks with the 220th pick, McGouch was an addition to the Jaguars unit for the sole purpose of providing a depth to the position. McGough has never played a down in the NFL but shows tremendous ability to be a career backup in the NFL. 

Standing at 6’3, 218 pounds, McGough is patient in the pocket and an efficient in his progression. An issue is that he does not have the arm get the ball downfield which limits his potential in the NFL. Developing arm strength is something very hard to acquire and could be the downfall for McGough. Causing him to lose out on the backup position to Gardner Minshew. 

With very little experience in his second year,  he will continue to develop and learn behind Foles as his career progresses. 

The battle for the second-string quarterback is seemingly very close between Minshew and McGough. Whoever can impress the coaches enough during training camp and the preseason will seal that second depth chart spot for September 8th and for the season.

Having them play in real game situations, Jaguars fans will see Minshew separate himself from McGough making him the primary backup in 2019.

The Jaguars have created a whole new look when it comes to quarterbacks. No previous quarterback remains and that means for a breath of fresh air. A clean slate may be exactly what Jacksonville needs to develop a homegrown long-lasting quarterback in the future. 

By gaining three quality quarterbacks and human beings all at the same time, this position room could turn out to be a special one in due time for the Jaguars.

Brandon Carroll is an 18-year-old college student aspiring to be a sports journalist. Has written articles over the past few years for fun and had two published within In The Game magazine. Locked On Jags is his first real opportunity to showcase his writing and love for football.

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Roster Breakdown: Initial Jacksonville Jaguars 53-Player Roster

Demetrius Harvey

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Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone looks on prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have completed their initial cutdown for the 53-man roster ahead of the 2019 regular season. Although there were a couple of surprise cuts, for the most part, the Jaguars cuts were standard.

Two undrafted free agent rookies made the Jaguars initial 53-man roster including safety Andrew Wingard and linebacker Joes Giles-Harris. Both showed plenty of ability during training camp and into the preseason. Wingard adds to the defensive backfield due to his versatility and knowledge of the defense.

While there could be changes to this roster after the NFL claiming period ends Sunday at noon, we break down the Jaguars’ initial 53-man group and give some potential waiver-wire options:

Roster breakdown:

Rookies for Jaguars are marked in italics

Quarterbacks (2): Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew

Thoughts:  The Jaguars opted to keep only two quarterbacks, which was an expected move after only retaining two last season. With Alex McGough off the roster, the Jaguars have only rookie quarterback Minshew to back up Foles.

Minshew started three games for the Jaguars during the preseason. Depending on how they feel about Minshew moving forward this is an area the Jaguars might address on the waiver wire.

Potential Options: Brian Hoyer (Patriots), Kyle Lauletta (Giants), Cardale Jones (Chargers)

Running Backs (3): Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, Alfred Blue

Thoughts: It is very unlikely for the Jaguars to only retain three running backs into the season. Last year, the Jaguars kept only three backs and suffered mightly because of it. With potential injuries to all three — Armstead and Blue were already hurt this year –, the Jaguars may look to the waiver wire to find another solution.

Potential options: Josh Adams (Eagles), Wendell Smallwood (Eagles), Boston Scott (Eagles), Elijah McGuire (Jets), Devine Ozigbo (Saints)

Wide Receivers (6): Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, C.J. Board, DJ Chark Jr., Chris Conley, Keelan Cole

Thoughts: Keeping six receivers is a smart move by the Jaguars as veteran receiver Marqise Lee is still working his way back from his knee injury. Although Lee is ready and on the practice field, the Jaguars are likely to bring him back slowly during games.

The Jaguars will start Conley and Chark outside with Westbrook in the slot to start the season. As the season progresses look for Lee to take over outside with Cole coming off the bench. Cole also has the ability to play special teams as a return-man and coverage player.

Due to Terrelle Pryor getting hurt, that opened the door for receivers C.J. Board, Tyre Brady, and Tre McBride to make the Jaguars initial 53-man roster. Board won the battle and was the Jaguars second-leading receiver throughout the preseason. Board recorded 10 receptions for 115 yards in four games during the preseason. He was ultimately not targetted during the last preseason game against the Falcons.

The Jaguars may replace Board with a free agent or through the waiver wire.

Potential Options: Pharoh Cooper (Cardinals), Demaryius Thomas (Patriots), Keelan Doss (Raiders), Josh Doctson (Washington), Laquon Treadwell (Vikings)

Tight Ends (4): James O’Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack, Geoff Swaim, Josh Oliver

Thoughts: After Jaguars rookie tight end Charles Jones went down due to a foot injury, it opened the door for tight end Ben Koyack to remain on the team. Due to not being able to compete in the preseason, Jones was ultimately waived. The Jaguars will enter the season with Swaim as the clear-cut starting tight end over O’Shaughnessy. Oliver is still recovering from an offseason hamstring issue that kept him out most of training camp, and the entire preseason.

Koyack could be on a short leash depending on the tight ends waived during the day.

Potential Options: Luke Wilson (Raiders), Will Tye (Eagles), Dwayne Allen (Dolphins)

Offensive Linemen (9): A.J. Cann, Brandon Linder, Andrew Norwell, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas, Cam Robinson, Jawaan Taylor, Will Richardson Jr., Cedric Ogbuehi

Analysis: Perhaps the Jaguars weakest positon group due to lack of depth, the Jaguars still retained the players they needed to here. Cann, Linder, Norwell, Robinson, Taylor, Richardson, and Ogbuehi were always going to make it. The Jaguars could eventually bring back tackle Josh Wells, but Leonard Wester’s days as a Jaguar are over. He will likely be released with an injury settlement when healthy.

As of right now, Ogbuehi will enter the season as the Jaguars swing-tackle, with Richardson Jr. able to play right tackle in a pinch.

The Jaguars absolutely could upgrade on the interior with players such as Tyler Shatley and Brandon Thomas on the bottom end of the position group, however, there may not be much in the way of help on the market.

Potential Options: John Jerry (Bengals) 

Defensive Linemen (10): Josh Allen, Eli Ankou, Lerentee McCray, Taven Bryan, Yannick Ngakoue, Calais Campbell, Dawuane Smoot, Abry Jones, Dontavius Russell, Marcell Dareus

Thoughts: The only surprise on this list is Defensive lineman Datone Jones being left off of it. The veteran produced plenty during training camp and the preseason. During the preseason he notched 11 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, a quarterback hit, and one blocked kick. This was all while playing five different positions on defense.

The Jaguars opted to keep third-year defensive tackle Eli Ankou. Ankou played well during the preseason, however, the Jaguars could have kept their rotation stronger had they retained Jones. Nevertheless, this is the best position group on the roster.

There will not be very much of a reason for the Jaguars to go to the waiver wire, however, I would not completely rule it out.

Potential Options: Jachai Polite (Jets)

Linebackers (6): Myles Jack, Leon Jacobs, Najee Goode, Quincy Williams, Joe Giles-Harris, D.J. Alexander

Thoughts: In our 53-man roster prediction, the Jaguars retained only five linebackers with D.J. Alexander being the odd man out. The Jaguars opted to keep six linebackers and three running backs. Giles-Harris makes the roster as one of the two undrafted free agent rookies to make the team due to his play on special teams and stoutness in the run game.

This is probably one of the weakest groups on the roster due to the loss of Telvin Smith, and Jake Ryan, however, linebacker Najee Goode turned out to be a great signing during the offseason and could end up starting week one if Williams is not ready to go. Williams just got back to the practice field last week.

Potential Options: Malcolm Smith (49ers), Brandon Marshall (Raiders)

Defensive Backs (10): Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Cody Davis, D.J. Hayden, Jarrod Wilson, Josh Robinson, Breon Borders, Ronnie Harrison, Tre Herndon, Andrew Wingard

Thoughts: The Jaguars entered the offseason with a very strong defensive backfield. After the release of veteran safety Tashaun Gipson, and the fall-from-grace for now-released Quenton Meeks, the Jaguars found themselves in a bit of an issue at corner and safety. Luckily, Breon Borders and Josh Robinson stepped up to the plate on defense and special teams, respectively.

Replacing Gipson is Jarrod Wilson who has played okay throughout the offseason, and will be helped by the two studs on the outside in A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey.

Andrew Wingard is the second undrafted free agent rookie to make the team’s initial 53-man roster. Wingard has been a great story throughout his career as he has always had an uphill battle from high school and now into the NFL. He will contribute on special teams and as part of the depth at safety.

Potential Options: Chris Banjo (Bears), Corn Elder (Panthers), T.J. Ward (Buccaneers)

Special Teams (3): Josh Lambo, Logan Cooke, Matt Overton

Thoughts: No surprise here. All offseason Lambo, Cookie, and Overton were making the team barring injury. Cooke has had a great preseason and has been working on directional punting.

Potential Options: None.

Click here to see a list of all the Jaguars cuts.

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Final Jaguars 53-man roster prediction, finally settling down

Demetrius Harvey

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Jul 25, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (10) enters the field during training camp at Dream Finders Home Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
With three weeks of the preseason in the books, it is nearly time for the Jaguars to decide on who will, and will not make the opening day 53-man roster.
Of course, everything will be subject to change depending on whether the Jaguars make waiver claims or trades. There likely will be at least three players not currently on the Jaguars 90-man roster who make it on their opening day 53-man roster just a week and some change from now.

Quarterback (2)

Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew

Thoughts: A difference from the first prediction, Minshew has captured the Jaguars eye and will be commanding the immediate backup quarterback spot behind Foles. Although Alex McGough has shown flashes of potential, his inconsistency in camp, and in games will have ultimately been his downfall.

The Jaguars will likely attempt to stash McGough on the practice squad.

Running Back (4)

Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, Alfred Blue, Thomas Rawls

Thoughts: Cunningham was released a few weeks ago, and Rawls ultimately takes his place. This is a position in which will likely not be “final” until well after the Jaguars make their official cuts on Saturday. Blue has been out since last week with an ankle injury, and the Jaguars may want to upgrade the position before week one of the regular season.

Fournette and Armstead are the only two who will clearly make the teams’ 53-man roster, and if it weren’t for his injury, Blue would be the clear third.

Wide Receiver (6)

DJ Chark Jr., Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Terrelle Pryor Sr.

Thoughts: Coined the position of “too many cooks” earlier this offseason, the Jaguars receiver group is shaping out to be rather interesting. Chark, Conley, Westbrook, and Lee are all clear locks to make the roster, with Cole not far behind them. The Jaguars love Cole’s potential and versatility on special teams too much to say goodbye just yet.

The sixth spot is essentially up for grabs and may not even be on the roster. If it were not for his injury, Pryor might be another lock to make the team as he offers the Jaguars something they simply would not get out of the other receivers.

Nevertheless, he makes the team as the sixth receiver in the hopes of a quick recovery from yet another soft-tissue injury. The Jaguars may look elsewhere outside of their roster to fill this spot or opt to keep someone such as Tre McBride or C.J. Board.

Tight End (4)

Geoff Swaim, Josh Oliver, James O’Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack

Thoughts: The tight end position for the Jaguars is tough. Due to injuries, there really is not much wiggle room here. Swaim just returned, and Oliver will be back in no time. O’Shaughnessy is a lock to make the team, so that leaves only one open spot. Charles Jones had an upper-hand midway through training camp but also suffered from the injury bug. He has yet to make his way onto the field, and will likely suit up against the Falcons on Thursday to prove he is worth keeping.

Barring a stunning performance by Charles Jones, Koyack is the most likely suitor for the job — at least for now. The Jaguars will likely scour the waiver wire post cutdown day to acquire a dependable veteran tight end.

Offensive Line (9)

Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, Will Richardson Jr.,  Jawaan Taylor, Cedric Ogbuehi, A.J. Cann, Tyler Shatley, Josh Wells

Thoughts: There are likely seven “locks” on the roster at the moment. This includes Robinson, Norwell, Linder, Cann, Taylor, Richardson, and Ogbuehi. The other two spots are up for grabs when it’s all said and done. Leonard Wester not making the team should come as a surprise to no one.

Shatley survives the final cut yet again, although just one or two waiver claims can put his roster spot at risk.

Defensive Line (10)

Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, Abry Jones, Yannick Ngakoue, Josh Allen, Taven Bryan, Datone Jones, Dawauane Smoot, Dontavius Russell, Lerentee McCray

Thoughts: This group got easier and easier to figure out as the weeks leading up to cut-down day unfolded. A couple of surprises this summer were Smoot and Jones. Not much was expected out of either player, and they easily exceeded expectations. It would be shocking if either finds themselves getting a call from “the Turk”.

Jones, in particular, has looked explosive, and his added versatility on defense makes him one of the most desirable players to stick around as far as backups go. The same can be said for Smoot as he looks to reshape his career.

Russell offers a bit more in movement than backup nose tackle Eli Ankou does. Coming in as a seventh-round pick this season, Russell will hope to eventually become Jones’ primary backup.

With the most players at any position group, this is easily the Jaguars’ best on the roster as it is loaded with young and talented players. Keeping Lerentee McCray for special teams and as another speed-rusher off the edge was a no-brainer in this situation.

Linebacker (5)

Myles Jack, Najee Goode, Leon Jacobs, Quincy Williams, Joe Giles-Harris

PUP: Jake Ryan

Thoughts: Keeping two rookies on the roster is a bit of a risk, but the special team’s ability Giles-Harris possess and his age places him a tad higher over veteran D.J. Alexander for me.

Ryan will make the team, but likely start the season on the PUP list which will result in him missing the first six games of the season.

One interesting aspect about this group is the return of linebacker Quincy Williams just in time for the regular-season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Goode has been starting in place of Williams since his absence. Whether or not it will be Goode or Williams as the starter remains to be seen.

Cornerback (5)

A.J. Bouye, Jalen Ramsey, D.J. Hayden, Tre Herndon, Breon Borders

Thoughts: What was originally a very “cut and dry” selection, is now rather difficult. The Jaguars have a ton of talent at the top end of this position group, but there has not been a great deal of separation beyond the top three players.

Quenton Meeks just misses the roster due mostly to his poor play over the course of training camp and into the preseason. Borders and Herndon have both looked much better than Meeks. Herndon has the ability to go inside due to his versatility.

If the Jaguars opt to keep six corners, cornerback Tae Hayes makes a lot of sense to make the roster. Although he is on the short side (5’9″), he has made an impact on the field this preseason. Keep an eye on veteran cornerback/safety Josh Robinson as well.

Safety (5)

Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson, Cody Davis, C.J. Reavis, Andrew Wingard

Thoughts: As stated above, this could easily only include four safeties with an extra player being retained at the cornerback position. For now, Wingard makes the cut. His skill set and familiarity with the defense is desireable, and he plays plenty of special teams.

Reavis nearly was in competition with starting safety Wilson but that fire was quickly put out as the young safety struggled mightly against the Eagles. Although he had a rebound week against the Dolphins, it is not enough to earn him the starting spot. For now, he will be an ace on special teams along with Davis.

Special Teams (3)

Logan Cooke, Josh Lambo, Matt Overton

Thoughts: Surprisingly (not), there is not any controversy on special teams. Cooke has looked exceptional (45.2-yard punt average), and Lambo has yet to look shaky at all. The long snapping position was won a long time ago when the Jaguars released long-time long snapper, Carson Tinker.

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Jaguars 2019 position group breakdown: Defensive Backs

Brandon Carroll

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Oct 7, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) reacts with the crowd in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

As we continue the breakdown of the Jacksonville Jaguars roster, we move onto the defensive side to take a look at their secondary. The defensive back position is a strong one, to say the least for the Jaguars. With arguably the best cornerback tandem in the entire NFL. Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye look to hold down the outside once again for the Jaguars in 2019. 

While there are 16 defensive backs on the Jaguars roster, only about half have a shot of making the final cut. At safety, Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson will get their first shots at entering the year as starters. The Jaguars let go of Barry Church near the end of last season and Tashaun Gipson soon after the season ended. 

Replacing two players that were getting old with fresher, younger talent was a good move for the organization as Ronnie Harrison showed the coaching staff his playmaking ability late last season when he took over for Barry Church. 

Projected Secondary depth chart: 

*Italicized indicates starters

CB1: Jalen Ramsey, Quenton Meeks

CB2: A.J. Bouye, Tre Herndon 

Nickel: D.J. Hayden 

SS: Ronnie Harrison, C.J. Reavis 

FS: Jarrod Wilson, Cody Davis 

Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey, entering his 4th year out of Florida State, is looking to solidify his claim that he is, in fact, the best corner in the league. Standing at 6’1 and weighing nearly 200 pounds, Ramsey is a larger corner that uses his frame to his advantage. His physicality allows him to get a jam off the line and throw off the route timing the quarterback is accustomed to, taking his man out of the play. His length allows him to bat away balls and jump in front for takeaways with ease. 

Last season, Ramsey recorded 65 tackles, 3 interceptions and only allowed over 100 yards to receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Antonio Brown. Both receivers are touted as two of the best in the NFL.

While he took a step back from his breakout sophomore campaign in 2017, Ramsey remained atop the league in all categories as a corner. According to Playerprofiler.com, he was ninth in pass breakups with 12, 12th in passer rating allowed when he’s in coverage at 78.5 and only allowed one player to catch 10 or more balls — Hopkins. Ramsey looks to build and improve off of last year’s disappointing season as he enters his fourth year in the NFL.

Ramsey has learned a lot in his 3 years in the NFL and looks to build upon his back to back pro bowl seasons to become even more dominant in his fourth season. Whether he likes it or not Ramsey is a leader on this Jaguars team. He will look to lead by example on the field with his play. 

A.J. Bouye

On the opposite side of Ramsey, the Jaguars have a returning starter, A.J. Bouye. A player that came over from Houston after his breakout campaign in 2016 turned into a major factor for the Jaguars’ success in 2017. Similar to Ramsey, Bouye’s play also regressed in 2018 but he remained one of the best corners in the league. 

Bouye accounted for 46 tackles, 1 interception, and 8 pass breakups. Along with the Jaguars defense as a whole, his biggest step back was the ability to force turnovers from the opponent. In 2017, Bouye had six interceptions compared to just one in 2018. Not being able to track down the ball the same way he did a year prior made him a liability the opposing quarterback would attack. While Bouye is no slouch, he is without a doubt the weaker link for the outside in the Jaguars secondary. Last season, his passer-rating-allowed increased exponentially from 37.5 the year before 105.1 (via playerprofiler.com). His efficiency sharply decreased and he also missed 2 games last season. 

Bouye looks to bounce back from what many would call a down year from the talented corner out of the University of Central Florida. His focus will be to get back to his All-Pro form in 2019, as well as, push the new players in the Jaguars secondary to be the best player they can be to reach a common goal. 

Ronnie Harrison

Harrison is a second-year player out of Alabama who the Jaguars took in the third round of the 2018 draft. Standing at 6’2, Harrison is a tall, long safety that can cover lots of yardages and make big hits on receivers towards his part of the field. He has had some success in pass rush which may lead the Jaguars to experiment on downs where they want to get after the quarterback. But, if recent years have told us anything, Todd Wash will continue to rush the four down in any situation where you could bring pressure. 

A part of Harrison that can be a concern for the Jaguars is that he’s prone to allow the big play. Harrison is a very aggressive safety which causes him to bite on double moves or overrun routes he should be able to cover. His progression will be interesting to keep an eye on as he has a high football IQ when it comes to locating the football in the air. Harrison has the potential to make big plays in key situations as he showed briefly last season.

Jarrod Wilson

Wilson was signed by the Jaguars in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan. Working his way up within the Jaguars hierarchy, Wilson is poised to be the starting free safety after three years as a backup. 

While he hasn’t shown much on the field due to his lack of playing time over the last three seasons. Wilson has shown his hard work and dedication off the field to secure the opportunity to start this year. 

Paired with Ronnie Harrison deep in the secondary, the two young safeties look to pick up where Church and Gipson left off in 2017. Expect to see two players that fly around the field and contain deep routes for the Jaguars in 2019. 

D.J. Hayden

Hayden arrived from Detroit, after four years in Oakland, to Jacksonville in 2018 after the departure of Aaron Colvin to Houston. Hayden dealt with injuries the majority of his first year with the Jaguars and looks to get back on track this season. 

In the games he did play, Hayden combined for 43 tackles, one sack, and an interception. A low sample for a guy who played in just 10 games. Although only a small sample size, Hayden showed up in the games he did play in 2018. He will look to build off of those games and remain healthy in 2019.

The potential for Hayden to be a solid player in this defense is there, now it’s just the transition of being able to stay healthy and on the field that will tip the scale. 

Depth

While many players are battling for the spots behind these five men, a majority of them will not make the 53-man roster when the time rolls around. Players like Breon Borders, Savion Smith, Picasso Nelson Jr., Brandon Watson, and Tae Hayes will most likely have to earn their roster spot on special teams if they want to make it at all. 

The ones set to be backups at the corner position are Quenton Meeks and Tre Herndon. Both very talented players that can step in case of injury. Herndon earned his spot last year after an outstanding preseason and a heavy workload on special teams. His hard-hitting ability on returners turned enough eyes for the Jaguars to give him the go once again this season on the team. 

Quenton Meeks is a second-year player out of Stanford who continues to develop under the unspoken leadership of Ramsey. While not being a great leader in terms of vocal presence, the talent Ramsey possesses and skill on the field is leadership in itself. Learning from him will only help Meeks continue to grow as a backup for many years to come. 

At safety, long time backup Cody Davis looks to seal another spot behind Jarrod Wilson while C.J. Reavis looks to fill in behind Ronnie Harrison. Two backup safeties who have played big roles in special teams and therefore will make the roster over guys like Andrew Wingard, and Joshua Moon. 

There’s a time where coaches look less at how you can help the team as a third-string at your position and they start to look at how you can help the team get better on special teams. In this case, any player in the secondary that is not named as a starter will look to solidify their spot through special teams play. 

Be on the lookout for some names mentioned behind these players on special teams. The more you hear their name when Logan Cooke sends a bomb into the air in the third quarter of a preseason game, the more likely they are to stay when the regular season rolls around. 

All players listed on the depth chart prediction will impact the Jaguars in one way or another. Whether that be in the secondary or on special teams, all bring a unique skill set into 2019. 

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