The Jacksonville Jaguars play their 2019 preseason finale on Thursday evening, which is likely to once again feature a large chunk of the roster not playing in the game. I think right now, the front office more or less knows what they’re final 53-man roster is going to be with Thursday being able to break some ties depending on how the game goes. I know Ryan has been making his guesses at the roster, but the day before the finale I wanted to give my projection.
Quarterback: Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew (2)
I do not think the Jaguars keep three quarterbacks on their 53, even with Minshew being a rookie. I like Alex McGough and he’s a fun quarterback, but I do not think you need to worry about him being snapped up off the practice squad and because I’m writing this he will 100 percent look like a league MVP Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
Running back: Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue, Ryquell Armstead, Thomas Rawls (4)
I think this position is pretty easy to cut down. I also think it’s a position where the Jaguars are going to bring guys in throughout the season. I think Rawls makes it because he’s the most different out of the other three, but he’s still very similar, and that linearness of the running back group is something I’m a little worried about.
Tight end: Geoff Swaim, Josh Oliver, Charles Jones, James O’Shaughnessy (4)
I’m not entirely sure on the numbers here, but with Josh Oliver on the mend and Swaim coming back from injury, I think the team will play it safe and start out with four tight ends. I think like running back this is also a group where we could see some churn.
Offensive line: Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, Will Richardson, Jawaan Taylor, A.J. Cann, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas, Josh Wells, Cedric Ogbuehi (10)
I think this position is pretty easy to cut as well. I could see Leonard Wester making it because he seems kind of like a pet project for offensive line coach George Warhop, but he’s honestly been downright bad all preseason. Ogbuehi and Wells haven’t been great, but the former was better than Wester and the latter has shown as someone you can get by with in a pinch in live games.
Wide receiver: Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, D.J. Chark, Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, C.J. Board (6)
I think in reality the Jaguars might keep six here, but even if they do I do not think it will be Terrell Pryor. Pryor simply has done absolutely nothing and has been injured the majority of the time he’s been on the team. If they keep six I think it will probably end up being C.J. Board.
Defensive line: Calais Campbell, Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue, Marcell Dareus, Abry Jones, Datone Jones, Duwuanne Smoot, Larentee McCray, Dontavious Russell, Taven Bryan (10)
There’s a zero percent chance Taven Bryan won’t be on the roster despite the knee-jerk reaction of fans wanting him gone. He hasn’t even played two seasons yet. Chill. For the rest of the line I think it’s pretty easy to cut, McCray is a primary special teamer, Russell can play both interior positions and has outplayed Eli Ankou and the battle between Smoot and Jones has pushed both onto the roster in my opinion, especially since the team is three-technique light and Jones can kick inside at times.
Linebacker: Myles Jack, Quincy Williams, Najee Goode, Leon Jacobs, Joe Giles-Harris (5, Jake Ryan on PUP)
Like tight end and running back, I think the back end of the linebacker position is going to be a roster churn until Jake Ryan comes back. Goode has been fine filling in at weakside and Giles-Harris shows the makings of being a long-term backup at all the linebacker positions.
Defensive back: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, D.J. Hayden, Tre Herndon, Breon Borders, Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson, C.J. Reavis, Cody Davis (9)
As much as it pains me to cut my guy Quenton Meeks, I think he’s going to have to be one for the practice squad with Tae Hayes. Some people might be surprised to see Cody Davis here, but he’s a special teams ace so I think he’s on the roster regardless. I would not be shocked to see the team churn here as well, as evidenced by the team working out T.J. Ward.
Kicker: Josh Lambo
Punter: Logan Cooke
LS: Matt Overton