Jacksonville Jaguars cut-down analysis

August, 30, 2014
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Most significant move: Center Mike Brewster went from starter to the street. The third-year player from Ohio State was the starting center when training camp began but never seized control of the spot and eventually was passed by Jacques McClendon and rookie sixth-round pick Brandon Linder. Brewster’s biggest issue is he’s not a powerful player at the point of attack, and that also led to him getting pushed back into the quarterback in pass protection. Plus, he had two high snaps in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay and bounced one in the second half against Atlanta on Thursday. He was already in jeopardy of making the roster before that game and that likely sealed his fate. If the Jaguars do not add another center early in the week, then it’s likely McClendon will get the start in the season opener against Philadelphia.

Five WRs: The Jaguars opted to go with five wide receivers for the first month of the season -- Ace Sanders is suspended for the first four games -- and that leaves the offense with little experience at the spot. They’re in essence only going with four because rookie second-round pick Allen Robinson has missed nearly a month with a hamstring injury and hasn’t practiced fully since he was injured July 31. Rookie receivers can have a difficult time adjusting to the NFL and missing the entire preseason all but guarantees Robinson will have minimal impact in the early part of the season. Two of the other receivers that made the roster are also rookies (Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee), meaning the Jaguars have only two receivers who have caught passes in a game: Cecil Shorts (123) and Mike Brown (32).

Two QBs: General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster, but he’s only going with Chad Henne and rookie Blake Bortles, waiving Ricky Stanzi and Stephen Morris. That undoubtedly has to do with Bortles' quicker-than-expected development throughout training camp and the preseason. Had he not progressed from the way he was throwing the ball in OTAs and minicamp, then it would have been a surprise if the Jaguars had not kept Stanzi on the active roster. Stanzi is entering his fourth season but still has practice squad eligibility. If he isn’t claimed by another team, I’d expect the Jaguars to sign him to the practice squad.

What’s next: The Jaguars will try and sign several of the players that they waived to the 10-man practice squad and also will mine the list of players cut from other teams to fill out the squad. Caldwell is expecting to lose a couple players that he released and had targeted for the practice squad to other teams. We will have the updated depth chart and roster posted shortly.

Jaguars moves: TE Brandon Barden (waived/injured), OT Cody Booth, C Mike Brewster, WR Chad Bumphis, DL DeAndre Coleman, WR Tandon Doss (IR), CB Jamell Fleming, DT Ricky Havili-Heimuli, FB Eric Kettani, S Craig Loston, S Sherrod Martin, QB Stephen Morris, G Drew Nowak, K/P Kasey Redfern, CB Rashaad Reynolds (IR), DE Gerald Rivers, QB Ricky Stanzi, LB Nate Stupar, WR Kerry Taylor, TE D.J. Tialavea and LB Marcus Whitfield.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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