Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Depth check: Jacksonville Jaguars
By Paul Kuharsky
I’ve been pondering depth in the AFC South, and thought as we await the start of training camps we should look at what position groups compose the deep end, and which compose the shallow end on each roster.
Next up is Jacksonville …
Deepest: It’s tempting to say linebacker, but Clint Session has to prove healthy to make it a four-pack with Russell Allen as the extra. And four isn’t that deep. So I go cornerback, where the starters might not be as good, but the team has solid options beyond its top three (Derek Cox, Rashean Mathis and Aaron Ross) in William Middleton and Kevin Rutland, and two others who got time last season showed some potential: T.J. Heath and Ashton Youboty.
Thinnest: Offensive tackle. Eugene Monroe is solid on the left side, but needs to emerge as elite. The team is counting on a big comeback from Eben Britton on the right after a season pretty much lost to a back injury. But beyond those two I don’t have much faith. They like second-year man Cameron Bradfield, who’s unproven, and they gave a new deal to veteran Guy Whimper, whose play was too inconsistent during a lot of work last season. Better protection for Blaine Gabbert is a priority. If Britton has a setback or something happens to Monroe, do they really feel like they can offer it with those guys?