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Jaguars 53-Man Roster Projection: Post Draft Edition

Christopher Thornton

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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.

Quarterback (3):

Blake Bortles

Cody Kessler

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):

Leonard Fournette

T.J Yeldon

Corey Grant

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.

Fullback (1):

Tommy Bohanon

Fullbacks are people too.

Wide Receiver (6):

Marqise Lee

D.J Chark (R)

Donte Moncrief

Dede Westbrook

Keelan Cole

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):

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins

Ben Koyack

Niles Paul

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):

Jeremy Parnell

Cam Robinson

Will Richardson (R)

Chris Reed

Offensive Guard/Center (5):

Andrew Norwell

A.J Cann

Tyler Shatley

Tony Adams (R)

Brandon Linder

The Jaguars upgraded the guard positional by signing the all-pro left guard, Andrew Norwell in free agency.

Defensive Tackle (5):

Taven Bryan (R)

Malik Jackson

Marcell Dareus

Abry Jones

Eli Ankou

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):

Calais Campbell

Yannick Ngakoue

Dante Fowler Jr.

Dawuane Smoot

Not much of a change to the defensive end room in 2018.

Linebacker (5):

Telvin Smith

Myles Jack

Leon Jacobs (R)

Blair Brown

Lerentee McCray

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.

Cornerback (6):

Jalen Ramsey

A.J Bouye

Quenton Meeks (R)

D.J Hayden

Tyler Patmon

Jalen Myrick

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.

Safety (5):

Don Carey

Tashaun Gipson

Barry Church

Ronnie Harrison (R)

Cody Davis

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):

Carson Tinker

Duh.

Kicker (1):

Josh Lambo

We went from Jason Myers to a freakin’ Lambo. Life is good.

Punter (1):

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

Christopher Thornton Is the Co-host for Locked On Jaguars. Christopher lives in Jacksonville and is currently a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can find me on Twitter (@Mistochristopho) and contact me at [email protected]

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  1. Eduardo

    May 6, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    This looks pretty good, although I’d expect Tanner Lee to be on the Practice Squad and the addition of a fourth running back, maybe Tim Cook or someone released by another team.

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Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca

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Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

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Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin

Zach Goodall

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Oct 21, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and forces a fumble during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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.

What?

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.

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Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB

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Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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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