The preseason is officially over and the Jacksonville Jaguars look to have an absolutely stacked roster — which will make cuts this weekend very, very hard for this team.
Alfie Crow gave his 53-man roster predictions before the preseason finale, I’m going to do it after.
Here goes nothing.
Quarterback (2): Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler
Tanner Lee has not done enough to warrant a roster spot. Maybe a practice squad spot after a decent Week 4 performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but nothing more.
Running back/fullback (5): Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant, Brandon Wilds, Tommy Bohannon
Brandon Wilds and Tim Cook both had very good performances in the preseason finale on Thursday night, but I think Wilds edges him out. He has 135 rushing yards to Cook’s 65 yards and although Cook was given the goal line touches, I think it’s Wilds who provides the best backup plan given how this offense — and how running backs fit into it — is shaping up.
Wide receiver (6): Donte Moncrief, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, Jaydon Mickens, Shane Wynn
Here’s where Alfie and I start to differ. I think the Jaguars offense will demand quite a bit of rotation from the receivers and they’ll need special teams help as well. I don’t think Rashad Greene did enough this preseason to warrant a roster spot, but I do believe Wynn did.
Tight end (4): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Niles Paul, James O’Shaugnessy, Ben Koyack
We’re going to see quite a few three tight end sets, aren’t we? Mike Kaye has Koyack cut and I could see them doing away with the H-back after all the double running back sets and one-back snaps we saw in the preseason.
Offensive line (9): Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Will Richardson, Tyler Shatley, Josh Wells, Chris Reed
There’s just really no way around it. The Jaguars need nine offensive linemen and these are the nine who have played the best this preseason. Usually, the last one or two guys in this group is a wild card, but I think it’s straightforward. If the Jaguars keep a 10th guy, I think it’ll be William Poehls, but I think they stick with nine.
Defensive line (10*): Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Marcell Dareus, Malik Jackson, Taven Bryan, Abry Jones, Dawuane Smoot, Lerentee McCray, Michael Bennett
*Dante Fowler is suspended and will not count against the 53
I don’t think Smoot has really earned a spot on the roster from his performance this season, but I can’t see this team giving up on a third round pick after just one season.
Linebacker (5): Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Leon Jacobs, Blair Brown, Donald Payne
If only Nick DeLuca had held on to that interception...
Cornerback (5): Jalen Ramsey, AJ Bouye, DJ Hayden, Tyler Patmon, Tre Herndon
The fifth cornerback spot was a tough battle all preseason with Jalen Myrick, Tre Herndon, and Quenton Meeks all having their respective ups and downs. Myrick had the inside track to make the 53-man roster at the beginning of training camp, but Herndon got more opportunities than I thought he would and last night showed why. Myrick had more bad plays than he had good, giving up an easy goal line slant for the Buccaneers’ only touchdown, taking awful angles on tackles, and even hesitating to the point of contact on one play. If Herndon makes it over Myrick, I think this game will be a big reason why.
Safety (5): Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson, Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson, Cody Davis
I’d rather have another running back or lineman than Cody Davis, but he’s a special teams ace and Wilson played too well this preseason to let him go.
Specialists (3): Josh Lambo, Carson Tinker, Logan Cooke