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, offensive line.
Who is safe: Branden Albert, Cam Robinson, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley
I feel comfortable listing the above six players as locks for the roster and five of those six will be your starting offensive line. There’s been some talk that if Albert doesn’t win the starting left tackle job, he could end up being cut or traded, but I don’t think the Jaguars are at a position with their roster where they can afford to shuttle off good football players on the offensive line. I’m also skeptical there is going to actually be a “competition” at the position and it’s more just a “when Albert is ready to go”. The other players are either locked in with contracts, on rookie deals or in a contract year. For the case of someone like Shatley, I think he’s a primary backup at three positions, so it adds to his security.
Who is on the bubble: Everyone else
I didn’t want to list out all the names, but this also includes the likes of Luke Bowanko, Earl Watford and Patrick Omameh. I expect all three to make the final roster, but they are still going to be battling for position with players like Josh Wells and Chris Reed, who if they can show versatility can push for final roster spots. The Jaguars offensive line is a weird position group to project, because the team’s opinion of the position group as a whole is quite a bit higher than most fans/analysts, it seems.