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