The Jacksonville Jaguars wrapped up their final cuts on the way down to their first 53-man roster of the 2019 NFL season on Saturday. Teams used to cut from 90 to 75 players on Tuesday of the final week, and then down to 53 on Saturday. The league removed the first cut two years ago, so now, teams are cutting from 90 players to 53 at that final cut.
That means almost 1,200 players will be available to the Jaguars via the waiver wire — and Jaguars will be looking to upgrade running back and tight end, as well as possibly add a veteran backup quarterback.
When a team releases a player with less than four years of service, they are subject to the waiver process. Normally when a player is released, waivers runs the next day. For roster cuts, all players run through waivers on Sunday, whether they were released on Friday or Saturday.
The process involves a priority list ranking teams for claiming players. From the first day of the league year until the conclusion of Week 3 of the 2018 regular season, the priority is based on draft order. This means that the Arizona Cardinals are the No. 1 team on the waiver priority list, while the Jaguars are No. 7 (where they drafted Josh Allen).
That means that if the Jaguars want to take a shot on a young player, they have to put a claim in on him, and then cross their fingers and hope that the six teams before them do not put in a claim.
2019 waiver wire order
You might be used to the waiver process in your fantasy football league. The NFL waiver process is different in that the No. 1 team can claim as many players from waivers as they want, and they retain priority. The Cardinals essentially get first dibs on every player. They will stay in that position through Week 3 of the regular season.
Any player with at least four years of service that is released is not subject to the waiver process. They immediately become free agents and can sign with any team.