The Jacksonville Jaguars have wrapped up their 2016 mini-camp and made a few roster moves to tie up some loose ends on the roster. Although mini-camp is by no means a significant indicator of how the final roster will shape up a number of players shined and a couple showed just how uncertain their future is with the team.
Training camp is right around the corner, but how could the 53-man roster look after all of OTAs and mini-camp?
QB: Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, Brandon Allen
RB: T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory, Denard Robinson, Corey Grant
TE: Julius Thomas, Marcedes Lewis, Neal Sterling, Braedon Bowman
WR: Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Rashad Greene, Bryan Walters
OL: Kelvin Beachum, Luke Joeckel, A.J. Cann, Brandon Linder, Jermey Parnell, Josh Wells, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Tyler Shatley, Luke Bowanko (PUP)
The thing I keep going back and forth about is keeping a sixth wide receiver or a fourth tight end. Lee's injury history makes me want to keep Arrelious Benn, but I don't think the coaches make a decision out of fear that Lee will miss time and will opt to go with four tight ends who all have very different roles within this offense. Greg Olson is going to have fun though.
Although keeping three quarterbacks would be an unorthodox thing for Gus Bradley and Dave Caldwell to do, spending a draft pick (even a sixth-round pick) places value on a player that you might not necessarily want to give up. As far as Bowman making the roster over a guy like Nic Jacobs, Bowman was one of the highlights of mini-camp, getting ample opportunity to make plays.
Luke Bowanko will likely start the season on the PUP list with a hip injury, but I don't think he's there long. He'll be inactive for the first few weeks and dress for most of the 2016 season.
I could also see Luke Joeckel traded at some point this offseason, which would mean Bernadeau would slide into the left guard spot and the team would keep a guy like undrafted rookie tackle Pearce Slater or veteran guard Chris Reed.
LEO: Dante Fowler, Jr., Yannick Ngakoue
NT: Roy Miller, Abry Jones
3T: Malik Jackson, Sen'Derrick Marks, Sheldon Day
4B/5T: Jared Odrick, Tyson Alualu
LB: Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny, Myles Jack, Dan Skuta, Ryan Davis, Tyrone Holmes, Jordan Tripp
CB: Jalen Ramsey, Davon House, Prince Amukamara, Nick Marshall, Mike Hilton
S: Tashaun Gipson, Johnathan Cyprien, Peyton Thompson, James Sample
Where's Josh Evans? He's cut, some time in preseason after lackluster play through the first three weeks. And I cannot figure out why Demetrius McCray has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff, but if there's going to be an undrafted free agent making the team on the defensive side of the ball, I could see it being Hilton at cornerback.
Aaron Colvin is suspended for the first four weeks of the season and I could see Hilton being relegated to the practice squad after he comes back.
There's also an abundance of linebackers because a few of them (Skuta and Davis) will rotate in as LEOs on obvious passing situations or third downs. And Holmes is officially listed as a linebacker, but he'll be used as a LEO.
P: Brad Nortman
K: Jason Myers
LS: Carson Tinker