To help get through the boring NFL offseason, we're going to attempt a series of breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars 90-man roster. This is obviously subject to change with Dave Caldwell's wont to churn the roster and I'm sure that trend will continue going forward. Nevertheless, we'll start going down the roster sheet in alphabetical order and touch on why a player might improve, or regress and their chances of making the roster.
Next up, tight end Brandon Barden.
Why he might improve:
He's healthy, I guess? Barden was originally picked up by the Jaguars late last season when the team needed tight ends, but was only active for a single game and didn't play a snap. Prior to joining the Jaguars he was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent and was a mediocre receiving tight end in college at Vanderbilt.
Why he might regress:
Barden hasn't really done much thus far in his NFL career and it appears he may just be a special teams/back end of the roster type player at this level. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I believe the Jaguars are close to the point to where special teams-only type players will have a tough time making it.
Chances of making the final roster:
I don't think Barden has much of a shot at the final roster with Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor seemingly locks for two of the usual three tight end positions. Marcel Jensen has drawn heaps of praise in OTA practices so far when he's healthy and he seemingly offers more than Barden does. Also, to be perfectly honest, I didn't even know Barden was on the roster until I looked at who was next on the list.