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The 2020 NFL Draft is over and done with and undrafted free agents have signed — the Jacksonville Jaguars likely have every single one of the 53 players who will start on Week 1... if there even is a Week 1 this season.
Here’s where I stand right now on what the 53-man roster will look like in a few months:
Quarterbacks (2): Gardner Minshew, Josh Dobbs
Yes, the Jaguars drafted another sixth-round pick in Jake Luton, but he’s a jar on the shelf. They’ll try and keep him on the practice squad this season and develop him.
Running back (4): Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, Devine Ozigbo, James Robinson
The first three are easy. But with the rest being younger journeymen and undrafted free agents, that No. 4 spot is wide open. I think it’s Robinson, who is more of a threat catching out of the backfield than fellow UDFA Tavian Feaster, has the inside track.
Wide receiver (6): DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, Collin Johnson
This is the position group that sees the biggest change between free agency and now. Marqise Lee is gone and the Jaguars invested in two receivers with big potential.
Tight end (4): Josh Oliver, James O’Shaughnessy, Tyler Eifert, Tyler Davis
You’ve got two draft picks, a free agent signing, and Gardner Minshew’s favorite safety valve. It’s not the most talented position group on the team, but it’s probably the one that is safest to predict.
Offensive line (9): Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jawaan Taylor, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, Ben Bartch, KC McDermott
Surprisingly, this position group wasn’t changed all that much in free agency or the NFL Draft. You’ve got a high Day 3 pick in Ben Bartch who will make his way onto the roster, but it remains relatively unchanged from last season.
Defensive line (10): Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue, Dawuane Smoot, Al Woods, Lerentee McCray, Rodney Gunter, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan, Dontavius Russell, DaVon Hamilton
Not much has changed since last offseason and I do believe that Yannick Ngakoue plays this season for the Jaguars simply because I don’t think the team will find a team willing to part with a first round pick until 2021.
Linebackers (6): Joe Schobert, Myles Jack, Quincy Williams, Shaquille Quarterman, K’Lavon Chaisson, Leon Jacobs
Big turnover from last season with two new starters in Joe Schobert and K’Lavon Chaisson. If and when the Jaguars give a 3-4 look, you’ll see Shaquille Quarterman inside too. Was a position that needed to be upgraded and it is.
Cornerbacks (5): Tre Herndon, D.J. Hayden, C.J. Henderson, Josiah Scott, Rashaan Melvin
A lot of turnover here too. I think Tre Herndon and C.J. Henderson are your two starters outside with D.J. Hayden at the nickel cornerback position. Josiah Scott will get looks in nickel and dime packages and Rashaan Melvin is on the bubble to even make the roster.
Safeties (4): Jarrod Wilson, Ronnie Harrison, Andrew Wingard, Daniel Thomas
Not much changed since last season although Daniel Thomas will be interesting to watch on special teams as the likely No. 3 safety.
Special teams (3): Matt Orzech, Josh Lambo, Logan Cooke
Please do not ask me questions about special teams. My @ is not open at this time.