We are only days removed from the 2018 NFL Draft, and we now know who the future faces of the Jaguars can be. However, who makes the cut? Here are some way too early roster predictions.
Tanner Lee (R)
The Jaguars drafted Tanner Lee in the 6th round as well as trading for Cody Kessler for a conditional 2019 7th round pick, so the team isn’t necessarily invested in either guy. Likely this list is to be trimmed to two QB’s but at the moment they stick with both and have three QB’s on the roster come week one.
Running Back (3):
This positional group is most likely to increase to four, especially if any other veteran RB’s or UDFA make it deeper into camp. However, as it stands, the Jaguars go into week one with three running backs in Fournette, Yeldon, and Grant.
Fullbacks are people too.
Wide Receiver (6):
D.J Chark (R)
Allen Lazard (R)
The Jaguars made a splash in the draft by drafting star WR D.J Chark out of LSU. Chark has the potential to become the #1 receiver by seasons’ end and shake up the WR room. Allen Lazard is an interesting UDFA with his size, coming in at 6’5. Some might believe he moves to TE, but I believe he stays at his original position of WR.
Tight End (3):
The Jaguars released veteran Marcedes Lewis this offseason, which seemed to set the Jaguars up to draft a tight end. In the 2018 NFL draft, however, the Jaguars did the opposite and decided to stick with its’ current tight end room.
Offensive Tackle (4):
Will Richardson (R)
Offensive Guard/Center (5):
Tony Adams (R)
The Jaguars upgraded the guard positional by signing the all-pro left guard, Andrew Norwell in free agency.
Defensive Tackle (5):
Taven Bryan (R)
The Jaguars took DT Taven Bryan at 29 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Taven Bryan is most likely to be the heir to the DT group when the Jaguars inevitably get rid of DT’s Malik Jackson and Marcell Dareus.
Defensive End (4):
Dante Fowler Jr.
Not much of a change to the defensive end room in 2018.
Leon Jacobs (R)
The Jaguars lost veteran MLB Paul Posluszny this offseason to retirement. The Jaguars drafted a linebacker in Leon Jacobs in the 6th round. The Jaguars had a higher grade on Jacobs, and he fell to them, which says to me if he produces well in camp, he should have a solid shot at making the roster.
Quenton Meeks (R)
Aaron Colvin was lost in free agency to the divisional rival, Houston Texans. The Jaguars attempted to patch this up by signing CB D.J Hayden. However, the Jaguars landed a gem in Quenton Meeks as a UDFA which could make training camp very interesting for the nickel cornerback spot.
Ronnie Harrison (R)
The Jaguars and special teams coordinator Joe Decamillis overhauled the special teams unit in free agency, which leads to a surplus of safeties on the roster this year. Guys like Don Carey and Cody Davis are versatile and can move around the secondary. Newly drafted S Ronnie Harrison is likely to be the heir S Barry Church.
Long Snapper (1):
We went from Jason Myers to a freakin’ Lambo. Life is good.
Logan Cooke (R)
This one was slightly shocking as just days after drafting Cooke, the Jaguars parted ways with veteran P Brad Nortman, paving the way for Logan Cooke to become the primary punter in the offseason.
(R) Denotes rookie player
Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.
The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.
Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.
We have promoted rookie LB @N_DeLuca49 to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad.
To make room on the roster, we released 11th-year RB Jamaal Charles. pic.twitter.com/OmiHd2wtvZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 22, 2018
Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin
In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.
Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.
And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.
“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”
In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.
“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.
In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.
And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.
Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.
Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”
The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.
This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.
Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB
24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”
This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.
Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.
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