I know it's very early to be thinking about who will be around on the Jaguars final roster, but some comments posted on the site in the last few days got me thinking. So what I did was take all the players from last year I'd like to see return and see where that leaves me, then try and trim the team down to the appropriate, 53-man limit. Believe it or not, the rookies ended up pushing out some players I genuinely might have liked to keep. Anyway, here's my predictions for the 53-man roster the way I see it. People in parentheses are players that I'd like to see on the team but I think will wind up getting cut.
QB (3): David Garrard, Blaine Gabbert, Luke McCown
RB (3): Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Deji Karim
FB (2): Greg Jones, Montell Owens, (Brock Bolen)
WR (5): Mike Thomas, Jason Hill, Cecil Shorts, Jarett Dillard, Kassim Osgood, (Tiquan Underwood)
TE (3): Marcedes Lewis, Zach Miller, Zach Potter
OT (4): Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton, Kevin Haslam, Guy Whimper
G/C (5): Uche Nwaneri, Will Rackley, Vince Manuwai, Brad Meester, John Estes, (Justin Smiley)
DE (6): Aaron Kampman, Jeremy Mincey, Austen Lane, Larry Hart, Derrick Harvey, Aaron Morgan
DT (4): Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu, D'Anthony Smith, Leger Douzable
LB (6): Daryl Smith, WLB starter, MLB starter, Russell Allen, Kyle Bosworth, Jacob Cutrera
9 total DBs:
CB (4): Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox, Rod Issac, (William Middleton), Scotty McGee
S (3): Courtney Greene, Chris Prosinski, hopefully a free agent.
Swing DB (2): Tyron Brackenridge, Don Carey
Special teams (3/53)
LS: Jeremy Cain K: Josh Scobee P: Adam Podlesh
So in the end, I see Bolen, Underwood, Smiley, and Middleton getting cut. It's entirely possible that there will be no free agent at safety, in which case, Middleton will probably be kept around. Feel free to disagree, but this is who I would go with right now.
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