August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey smiles after tight end Colin Cloherty (46) made a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints during their preseason football game. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE
There were a handful of players in the Jacksonville Jaguars matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Friday night who both helped their position on the roster and some who hurt their position. While it's only the second preseason game and you can't take too much from it, there are things players can do to push themselves up or down the depth chart and earn more or less playing time.
Here are some players who helped their causes to make the final 53:
Colin Cloherty, Tight End: Cloherty has been someone a lot of fans have been high on after making a few plays when he was signed late in the 2011 season. On Friday night, Cloherty was second on the team in receptions and receiving yards with 3 catches for 35 yards, including a touchdown reception from quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Cloherty has turned some heads as a receiving tight end and may prove himself a tough cut.
J.K. Schaffer, Linebacker: Schaffer is an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati and has been pushed up the depth chart with injuries at the linebacker position. He's shown some ability to get sideline to sideline and pursue the ballcarrier, as well as being a sure tackler. If Schaffer can show ability on special teams, he's got a shot.
Andre Branch, Defensive End: While Branch has no real danger of not making the final 53, he still had an excellent game on Friday. He had just one tackle and half a sack, but he was able to be disruptive the whole time he was in the game. Not only that, but he could be caught chasing down wide receivers and such on the opposite side of the field, showing hustle that coaches and fans love.
Kevin Elliott, Wide Receiver: Elliott continues to do things to help himself in the little playing time he does receive. He looks good as a gunner on special teams and made a nice leaping touchdown grab at the end of the game for the go-ahead and winning score. I'm not sure if Elliott will make the final roster, but he's making his case.
Cameron Bradfield, Offensive Tackle: Like Branch, I don't believe Bradfield is in danger of not making the team, but he did show the ability to adequately play the left tackle position. Bradfield was filling in for Eugene Monroe, but it's possible that Bradfield could force his way into the starting lineup as the starting right tackle.