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Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, but I think he'll just keep Henne and Bortles and try and sign Ricky Stanzi to the practice squad. Bortles has been so impressive this preseason that there's no doubt that he would be the option if Henne were to get hurt early in the season.
RUNNING BACKS (5)
This should be a pretty easy decision for the Jaguars. Gerhart looked pretty good against Detroit and he's definitely the team's N0. 1 back. Todman has had a good camp and preseason. Robinson has value as an edge playmaker and another option in the passing game now that he's shown he can take care of the football. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and have consistent ball security. He's not likely to get much work this season.
Ace Sanders has returned from his leave of absence for personal issues but he's also facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He doesn't count against the 53-man roster until after his suspension. Tandon Doss reinjured his ankle during Thursday's preseason finale and was in a protective boot in the locker room after the game. He had already missed 24 days because of the same injury and this latest setback costs him a roster spot. He may end up on IR/designated to return to start the season. That opens up a spot for Taylor.
TIGHT ENDS (2)
Harbor has missed several weeks with a calf injury but should be on track to be back on the field for the season opener. If that's the case then the Jaguars may only keep two tight ends, which would allow them to squeeze an additional offensive lineman or linebacker on the roster. I think the Jaguars would like to keep Marcel Jensen on the practice squad.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
Center Mike Brewster struggled against Atlanta Thursday night and has gone from being a starter to the street. He's had several chances to capture the job but never did and is the biggest name on the roster that will get cut. An injury to Pasztor (fractured right hand) has reshaped this unit for the first several weeks of the season and it likely means an additional player making the roster -- most likely Wells, a rookie from James Madison who is coming off a shoulder injury. Bradfield moves into his starting spot at right tackle. McClendon and Bowanko are battling for the starting center spot and Linder appears to be the favorite to be the starter at right guard.
DEFENSIVE LINE (10)
This should be the biggest position-group upgrade on the roster thanks to the additions of Clemons, Bryant and Hood. Despite public perception, Alualu isn't on the bubble for two reasons: He played solidly last season, and there really isn't anyone else on the roster as talented as he is to back up Bryant. The Jags are excited about Smith, who could end up playing more than Davis as the No. 3 LEO (hybrid end/linebacker) by the time the season is over.
I thought Thomas was iffy but he has gotten work at middle linebacker in the latter part of camp and played a lot against Detroit and Atlanta. He's a good special-teams player too so I think this is where the Jaguars will use the spot gained by only keeping two tight ends. Stupar was solid for much of camp and remains Posluszny's top backup, but Thomas is moving up there. Stupar also is a solid special-teams player. Reynolds did a good job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new Otto position (replaces strongside linebacker). Watson has returned, but it's likely Reynolds begins the season as the starter there until Watson gets caught up.
Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury, should secure the fifth spot after rookie Rashaad Reynolds suffered a broken hand against Atlanta. Harris played well early against the Falcons but got beat for a long TD and also missed several tackles so he's going to have to keep proving himself week after week. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.
I had Prosinski as a bubble player and Joe Young making the team as the fourth safety, but Young was cut last week so that paves the way for Prosinski to make the final roster. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but although he lost his starting job to Guy, he's likely to stick around at least another year. Sherrod Martin had a chance to make a good impression against Atlanta but struggled.
These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:QUARTERBACKS (2) Chad Henne Blake Bortles General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, but I think he'll just keep Henne and Bortles and try and sign Ricky Stanzi to the practice squad.