JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The news that the NFL is expanding the practice squad from eight to 10 players should be met with enthusiasm inside the locker room because it means bubble players fighting to make a roster have 64 more opportunities to remain in the league.
With that in mind, I decided to take an educated guess on the 10 players from the current roster that could end up on the Jaguars' practice squad. Before I get to the list, here are several things to keep in mind:
The Jaguars will almost certainly sign players cut from other teams to the practice squad, especially if GM David Caldwell sees a chance to add a developmental offensive or defensive lineman he likes. This is my educated guess using only players from the current roster.
Some players that you might expect to see on this list may end up on IR, therefore remaining with the Jaguars for the entire season and not counting against the 53-man roster or the practice squad roster. Offensive tackle Josh Wells is a name to watch here.
Some of these players could make the active roster because of injuries to starters or key backups. There are two preseason games remaining and a lot can happen in two weeks.
But as of Aug.19, here are the 10 players I think may end up on the practice squad after final cuts on Aug. 30:
WR Chad Bumphis: He has spent time on the practice squads in Denver, Miami and Jacksonville. He has never appeared in an NFL game. He has gotten a lot of reps because of the injuries at receiver and has made plays here and there.
RB Terrance Cobb: He's fifth on the depth chart and hasn't gotten much work. He's a shifty runner who catches the ball well and teams want at least one back on the practice squad.
DT DeAndre Coleman: The rookie from California is a run-stuffer whom the staff hopes will develop. Sometimes big guys don't clear the waiver process and there's a chance the Jags could lose him.
TE Marcel Jensen: Jensen really flashed during OTAs but has not made much of an impact once the pads came on. He's a raw talent and the Jaguars are intrigued with his size and there's hope he could eventually develop into Marcedes Lewis' eventual replacement.
S Craig Loston: He's got a real shot to make the 53-man roster depending on how many safeties the Jaguars want to keep.
G Tyler Shatley: Drew Nowak has more experience, but he hasn't gotten noticeably better. Shatley should have more potential for growth. The Jaguars would like to keep at least one interior lineman on the practice squad.
QB Ricky Stanzi: Stanzi is still eligible for the practice squad despite the fact that he's entering his fourth season. The former fifth-round pick has never appeared in a game but has been active for nine.
WR Lamaar Thomas: The Jaguars could keep another offensive lineman, instead, but the fact that the receivers seem to be plagued by injuries makes him a valuable asset because he knows the offense.