AFC South: Tony Gilbert

Jacksonville Jaguars cutdown analysis

September, 4, 2010
Check here for a full list of Jacksonville’s roster moves.

Biggest surprises: Three undrafted rookies won spots -- offensive tackle Kevin Haslam, defensive end Aaron Morgan and linebacker Jacob Cutrera. Getting anything for Reggie Nelson was big, and GM Gene Smith managed to send the safety to Cincinnati for David Jones. That’s a surprise. That they also cut another veteran safety, Gerald Alexander, before adding one, also qualifies as a surprise. They seem sure to add someone in the coming days. Right now the starting pairing would come from Anthony Smith, Sean Considine, Tyron Brackenridge and Courtney Greene. I bet Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub endorse that. It’s not clear who the third wide receiver will be with Troy Williamson gone. Atiyyah Ellison was a feel good story a year ago, now he’s gone too. The team has three fullbacks with Greg Jones, Montell Owens and Brock Bolen. Kynan Forney was competing for a starting guard job, lost it and lost his place on the team.

No-brainers: Not a ton. Three linebackers -- Teddy Lehman, Alvin Bowen and Tony Gilbert -- of a weak group of reserves didn’t make it and another (Kyle Bosworth) was placed on IR.

What’s next: Work at safety, first and foremost. The Jaguars will be thorough in their examination and consideration of the waiver wire and free agents. They have room at the back of the roster for upgrades. After safety, look for linebacker to be the spot that gets the most attention as the Jaguars have just five on the roster.

Three things: Falcons at Jaguars

September, 2, 2010
Three things I’ll be looking for in Falcons at Jaguars:

A clue at guard: If Jack Del Rio rolls out starters for a token appearance, and he should, we will get a look at what should be the starting offensive line. One starting guard spot is not known publicly. It appears it’s either Vince Manuwai at right guard or Kynan Forney at left guard with Uche Nwaneri filling the other side in either scenario.

Long shot bids: First impressions are ancient. Last impressions can’t do anything but help a guy’s cause as decision-makers sit down to make cuts. Players like fullback Brock Bolen, receiver John Matthews, offensive tackle Kevin Haslam and defensive tackle Leger Douzable each will have enough time on the field to make that solid final bid.

Linebacker depth: The Jaguars have been dinged up at linebacker, and it’s tested their depth. Russell Allen is a definite part of this team, but what’s after that? Teddy Lehman, Alvin Bowen, Tony Gilbert, Kyle Bosworth and even Rod Wilson have one final chance to make a good showing, move up the stack and improve the chance of sticking. However it shakes out, I still think the Jaguars will be shopping for linebacker depth on the waiver wire.
Jacksonville added linebacker a couple veteran linebackers in Tony Gilbert, who played 2003-2007 with the franchise, and Kris Griffin. Gilbert’s been with Atlanta the last two seasons.

While I was recently with the team indications were they weren’t thrilled with their depth at the position after Daryl Smith, Keith Morrison, Justin Durant, and Russell Allen. Freddy Keiaho, who had some good stretches in Indy, could have ranked fifth but hardly stands out. Teddy Lehman could also be bumped down the depth chart with the moves.

The Jaguars also added second-year defensive tackle Leger Douzable.

Receiver Nate Hughes, safety Terrell Whitehead and offensive lineman Andrew Crummey were cut to make room for the additions.