Jaguars Have to Cut to 80 Players By August 30th

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11: Jeremy Ross #82 of the New England Patriots tries to get around Larry Hart #59 of the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 11, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

The Jacksonville Jaguars roster is currently set at 90 total players. By August 30th, the Jaguars will need to trim 10 players off their roster, bringing the total to 80 total players. I'm not going to say I can cut the roster down to 53 just yet, but I think I can pinpoint some players who's roster positions aren't safe.

 

One player I would have released immediately following the game last night is wide receiver Tiquan Underwood. He offers absolutely nothing at this point, and he's run his course. All he's doing right now is stealing reps from some of the other receivers like Armon Binns and Jamar Newsome. I don't think he's got any shot to make the roster and I would just cut bait as is.

 

Defensive end Larry Hart has found himself buried on the depth chart. Hart didn't get into the game last night until after undrafted rookie Odrick Ray. That means he's behind Aaron Kampman, Jeremy Mincey, Matt Roth, Austen Lane, Aaron Morgan, and Odrick Ray in the rotation right now. That's not a very good sign for the second year player and will force Gene Smith to make a really hard decision.

I can't see kick returner Scottie McGee having a spot on this teams roster. He had a ton of chances to return kicks last night and just failed to impress. When you do only one thing, you have to do that one thing well. While he had an exciting return running nearly 20-30 yards for a 5 yard gain, if he had just hit the hole on the return, he might have gotten 15 yards. One thing you can't do in the NFL returning kicks is dance around.

There some other obvious cuts, but all three of these Gene Smith draft picks could very well be meeting the Turk soon.

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