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Jaguars roster bubble watch 2017: Tight end

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Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 NFL training camp is right around the corner, so that means we can start going position by position looking at the roster and who will make the final 53-man. We’re going to look at who we think is safe at each position, which means the chances of being cut are very slim and would be a big surprise. We’ll also point out who we think are on the bubble, which means it’s a player that is going to need to impress and show their value during camp and the preseason.

Next up, tight ends.

Who is safe: Marcedes Lewis, Mychal Rivera

As far as who is a lock for the Jacksonville Jaguars roster, I feel pretty confident in saying that both Lewis and Rivera are locks. Lewis is going to be useful as an in-line blocker since the team is allegedly going to be focused on running the football, and Lewis can play every down. Rivera on the other hand is more in the mold of a “flex” tight end, but he can still play in-line. I think he’s going to be a lot more involved than people think for the Jaguars though, so he’s someone to keep an eye on in preseason. From what I’ve heard the team really likes what he brings to the offense, so I think he’s the defacto No. 2 tight end.

Who is on the bubble: Ben Koyack, Neal Sterling, Alex Ellis and Caleb Bluiett

As for the rest, it’s probably a battle to keep the third and possibly fourth tight end. The Jaguars have carried four tight ends the past couple of seasons, but with the team looking to carry a fullback this year it could be at the expense of a tight end, especially considering all the targets they have on offense. I would think that means Ben Koyack is in the driver’s seat, but if the team ends up signing another veteran like Gary Barnidge, if could push everyone else off the roster.