The Jacksonville Jaguars have gotten down to their 53-man roster. They'll undoubtedly make some transactions on the waiver wire at the defensive end, linebacker, and (hopefully) offensive line spots, but right now... we have our first active roster.
And boy do some of the cuts to get here look surprising.
Out of all the cuts over the past few days, here are the ones that were the hardest to believe.
This was one of the most surprising cuts and I fully expect Davis to get picked up early in the waiver process. The Jaguars tendered Davis with a third round pick and signed him to a two-year extension early in the offseason. They then tried to make him learn a new OTTO linebacker role alongside the interior rushing role he excelled at in his first seasons with the team. Davis struggled to find reps in the preseason and then cut him, leaving the only player to fit starter Dan Skuta's role as... Dan Skuta.
To me, this was a shocking move. I had Holmes easily making the 53-man roster. He excelled in the preseason snaps he was given, the Jaguars had invested a draft pick in him, and he was another player at a serious area of need. Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue aren't up to speed yet and Chris Smith is... Chris Smith. I don't know how those three are your LEO group headed into 2016, but here we are.
You know what you have in Dwayne Gratz. You've had one year of Nick Marshall moving around the secondary, learning the game, and settling into the dime cornerback. I understand keeping Josh Johnson as a guy for four games and then replacing him with Aaron Colvin when Colvin is back from suspension. But keeping Gratz over Marshall is puzzling.
Tripp was cut because he got outplayed by fellow linebacker Hayes Pullard. But I thought both would make the team because the Jaguars don't want to go thin at linebacker as they groom Myles Jack. I also don't know if they know what they're doing at linebacker, so why not keep as many guys who can play all three linebacker spots?
Why is Ben Koyack making this roster over Benn? Why?
This is the least surprising cut of the weekend. Bernadeau has consistently underperformed since he got here and was immediately taken off the starting line in favor of Luke Joeckel within minutes of the first practice with pads. But there is a deficiency on the left side of the line and I thought they'd at least keep him for depth.