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The Jacksonville Jaguars are primed for the most exciting season in franchise history. Man, does it feel good to say that!
The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have a great roster. I wouldn’t even say they have a good roster... not without seeing Trevor Lawrence.
But they have the makings of a roster that could (and should) content for the AFC South by this time next year.
That hasn’t been the case very often over the past decade. Sure, they’ve had good skill players. They’ve had breakout performances at wide receiver and running back. They had a generational defense for a short two-year stint. But depending on how well this year’s additions grow around the first franchise quarterback this team has ever had, it could be a very good team for a very long time.
Which means Urban Meyer cutting players who would have otherwise held on during lesser seasons.
That process starts this year, even if the winning isn’t coming yet.
Who are some players who could be cut this offseason with the future in mind?
WR Phillip Dorset
Dorsett came into the league recording a blazing 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and then a 4.25-second time at Miami’s pro day. And if there’s one thing Meyer loves out of his skill players, it’s speed. But there are four receivers who are locks to make this roster: D.J. Chark, Laviska Shenault, Marvin Jones, and Collin Johnson. That leaves one or two spots left on the 53-man roster for Dorsett, and if Josh Imatorbhebhe can impress during OTAs and training camp, that leaves Dorsett on the outside looking in.
CB Sidney Jones
With C.J. Henderson and Shaquill Griffin on the outside and Tyson Campbell on the inside, that leaves Sidney Jones playing catch up as the team’s CB4 at best. I think Urban will opt to edge Tre Herndon over him as training camp progresses. Does the team opt to keep Jones on as a backup, or let a young guy who’s signed past 2022 take that roster spot?
OL A.J. Cann
There have been rumblings of the Jaguars trying to get something in return for Cann on the trade block, but nothing has materialized yet. If Ben Bartch can take a step forward, I think Urban is mighty tempted to cut Cann a year early and save nearly $5 million against the salary cap.
TE Tim Tebow
Yeah, yeah, yeah... it’s one of the worst tight end rooms in the league. And yes, Tebow got the job because of a personal relationship with the guy who is ultimately making the cuts. But I don’t think he makes the final roster. There are four tight ends—Chris Manhertz, Luke Farrell, James O’Shaughnessy, and Tyler Davis—who are better than him right now. Tebow is ultra-competitive and a fine athlete, but long practices in the Florida summer don’t bode well for a guy trying to make a switch to tight end after an extended absence from the NFL.