NFL roster cuts 2013: Jaguars roster prediction

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The NFL preseason is over, so let's take a shot at the final roster.

The Jacksonville Jaguars 53-man roster should look drastically different than it did at the end of the 2012 season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The team could potentially have hauled over nearly half their roster in a single offseason and still not be finished churning players in and out.

Without further ado, here's my final shot at the Jaguars 53-man roster, not taking into account players they add off waivers.

Quarterback:

Blaine Gabbert
Chad Henne
Ricky Stanzi

Reasoning: With how things have worked out through training camp and the preseason, neither Mike Kafka nor Matt Scott have looked any good so far in the preseason. Scott can be a practice squad stash.

Change: Stanzi making final roster.

Running back/Fullback:

Maurice Jones-Drew
Justin Forsett
Denard Robinson
Jordan Todman
Will Ta'ufo'ou
Lonnie Pryor

Reasoning: With Justin Forsett's injury still lingering, the team has to keep Jordan Todman in case Jones-Drew gets hurt because there's not another serviceable backup right now. I also still think they keep two fullbacks for special teams.

Change: Added Jordan Todman.

Offensive line:

Eugene Monroe
Luke Joeckel
Will Rackley
Brad Meester
Uche Nwaneri
Cameron Bradfield
Michael Brewster
Austin Pasztor

Reasoning: I think the Jaguars go "light" with eight offensive lineman for Week 1 before looking for some veterans to add.

Change: Drew Nowak cut.

Wide receiver:

Cecil Shorts III
Justin Blackmon*
Mike Brown
Ace Sanders
Jordan Shipley
Tobias Palmer

Reasoning: The wide receiver position shake out will be interesting, but this is how I think it winds up. Palmer is going to be iffy for some people, but I think his speed buys him a shot on the roster while Blackmon is out. The team could go looking for a big body wide receiver, too.

Change: None.

Tight end:

Marcedes Lewis
Allen Reisner
Ryan Otten

Reasoning: I think Reisner has solidified himself as the No. 2 TE and I think they hang on to Ryan Otten, who was a priority free agent for them.

Change: None.

Defensive tackle:

Roy Miller
Sen'Derrick Marks
Kyle Love
Brandon Deaderick*

Reasoning: I think these are clearly the top four in the rotation at the defensive tackle position, with Deaderick also available at the 5-technique end position.

Change: Removed T.J. Barnes.

Defensive end (LEO + 5-technique):

Jason Babin
Tyson Alualu
Pannell Egboh
Jeremy Mincey

Reasoning: Andre Branch was absolutely terrible in the fourth preseason game. They may not cut him, but they should. He doesn't offer anything.

Change: None.

Linebacker:

Paul Posluszny
Russell Allen
Geno Hayes
LaRoy Reynolds
Andy Studebaker
Kyle Knox
Julian Stanford

Reasoning: The top three are set and I think Reynolds has locked himself up a roster spot. After that I'm picking two special teamer guys to make the team, but this is also a position they look at the waiver wire.

Change: Swapped Brandon Marshall for Kyle Knox. Added Julian Stanford.

Defensive back:

Dwight Lowery
Johnathan Cyprien
Josh Evans
Dwayne Gratz
Alan Ball
Demetrius McCray
Mike Harris
Chris Prosinski
Marcus Trufant
Will Blackmon

Reasoning: Blackmon should shore up the nickel and dime responsibilities for the Jaguars defense and I think Rutland being injured, coupled with McCray's impressive fourth preseason seals his fate. The team has also been using Mike Harris on the outside some.

Change: Swapped Rutland for Blackmon

Then of course Josh ScobeeBryan Anger, and Carson Tinker rounding out special teams.

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