Jacksonville Jaguars: 2014 AFC Roster Projection

Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)
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.

RECEIVERS (6)
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.

LINEBACKERS (7)

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.

CORNERBACKS (5)

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.

SAFETIES (4)

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.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)
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.

RECEVIERS (6)
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, whom the team signed as a free agent in March, is rehabbing a sprained ankle and is getting closer to a return and could be on the field for the season opener. Kerry Taylor's drop in the end zone on a two-point conversion pass against Detroit has likely sealed his fate.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Harbor has missed several weeks with a calf injury but has begun working on the side. If he's able to return in time for the final cuts he'll be the No. 2 tight end. If he has to start the season on the PUP list then I think that would clear a spot for Marcel Jensen, who flashed potential during OTAs but hasn't done much in the preseason. If Harbor is healthy to start the season I think the Jaguars would like to keep Jensen on the practice squad.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

An injury to Pasztor (fractured right hand) has reshaped this unit for the final part of preseason and it likely means an additional player making the roster. Bradfield moves into his starting spot at right tackle. The staff really likes Josh Wells, a rookie from James Madison, but he's dealing with a shoulder injury, so that opens a spot for Young. McClendon and Bowanko appear to be battling for the starting center spot. Linder appears to be the favorite to be the starter at right guard. Brewster went from being the starting center to playing right guard in the third quarter against Detroit and snapping in the fourth. His versatility helps him.

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.

LINEBACKERS (6)
J.T. Thomas could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes' surgically repaired knee doesn't respond well. Stupar has had a solid camp and remains Posluszny's top backup. Reynolds did a solid 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.

CORNERBACKS (5)

Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury, made the team over third-year player Mike Harris, who was cut Sunday. Jeremy Harris, at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith's final draft class. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)

I had Prosinski as a bubble player and Joe Young making the team as the fourth safety, but Young was cut on Sunday 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 might lose his starting job to Guy, he's likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, but that could change if Bortles continues to progress in the preseason. Bortles is already the No. 2 but would the Jaguars go with him as the starter if Henne were to get injured early in the season? Or would Stanzi be a better choice in that scenario? Stephen Morris is a practice squad candidate. If the Jaguars opt to keep only two QBs, expect them to try and sign Stanzi to the practice squad. That would open an additional spot that could be used on an offensive lineman because of injuries.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

If the Jags elect to keep only four backs, Robinson and Johnson likely would battle for the final spot. Though he didn't have great stats in the presesaon opener against Tampa Bay (5 yards on five carries), Todman has had a good camp. Robinson showed off his speed on a 23-yard touchdown run and he can be a valuable option if the Jaguars use him on the edge instead of running him between the tackles. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and doesn't have problems with ball security.

RECEVIERS (6)

With Ace Sanders taking a leave of absence for personal issues and then facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, an additional spot opens up. Tandon Doss, whom the team signed as a free agent in March, is rehabbing a sprained ankle and has begun doing work off to the side during practice. Doss missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp because of a calf injury, allowing Kerry Taylor, Chad Bumphis and Hurns to get valuable reps. Doss will make the final roster if he's healthy, which would leave Thomas the odd man out.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Harbor has missed several weeks with a calf injury but has begun working on the side. If he's able to return in time for the final cuts he'll be the No. 2 tight end. If he has to start the season on the PUP list then I think that would clear a spot for D.J. Tialavea. Marcel Jensen flashed potential during OTAs but has been all but invisible during training camp and has fallen down the depth chart. I think the Jaguars would like to keep him on the practice squad and try and develop him into a potential contributor.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

An injury to Pasztor has reshaped this unit for the final two weeks of camp. Pasztor will undergo surgery on Tuesday for a fractured right hand and will be out at least a month, but there are no plans to put him on the PUP list. Bradfield moves into his starting spot at right tackle. Pasztor's injury means there could be an opening for another tackle to stick on the 53-man roster. The team could gain the roster spot by only opting to keep two quarterbacks. The staff really likes Josh Wells, a rookie from James Madison, but a better option might be veteran Sam Young. Wells could end up on the practice squad. Brewster and McClendon are battling for the starting center spot. Linder appears to be the favorite to be the starter at right guard.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

This should be the biggest upgraded position 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.

LINEBACKERS (6)

J.T. Thomas could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes' surgically repaired knee doesn't respond well. Stupar has had a solid camp and remains Posluszny's top backup. Reynolds did a solid job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new OTTO position (replaces strongside linebacker).

CORNERBACKS (5)

The Jags will have to decide whether to keep fourth-year player Mike Harris or Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-2, 185-pound Jeremy Harris is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith's final draft class. Blackmon has been working inside as well, which also makes Mike Harris expendable. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)
Chris Prosinski has seemingly been a bubble player since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, but there is too much competition for him to survive this time. I thought Sherrod Martin would have an edge over Young and several other players because of his experience (he started 36 games for Carolina in his first five seasons) but Young has been working with the second unit ahead of Martin. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but though he might lose his starting job to Guy, he's likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, but that could change if Bortles continues to progress in the preseason. Bortles is already the No. 2 but would the Jaguars go with him as the starter if Henne were to get injured early in the season? Or would Stanzi be a better choice in that scenario? Stephen Morris is a practice squad candidate.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

If the Jags elect to keep only four backs, Robinson and Johnson likely would battle for the final spot. Though he didn't have great stats in the presesaon opener against Tampa Bay (5 yards on five carries), Todman has had a good camp. Robinson showed off his speed on a 23-yard touchdown run and he can be a valuable option if the Jaguars use him on the edge instead of running him between the tackles. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and doesn't have problems with ball security.

RECEVIERS (6)

With Ace Sanders taking a leave of absence for personal issues and then facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, an additional spot opens up. Tandon Doss, whom the team signed as a free agent in March, suffered a severely sprained ankle and is out for the foreseeable future. Doss missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp because of a calf injury, allowing Kerry Taylor, Chad Bumphis and Hurns to get valuable reps. Thomas has passed Taylor, who has had trouble with drops, for the final spot.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Jensen flashed potential during OTAs and gets the edge over three other players. He's a big kid (6-6, 270) who is a raw version of Lewis, one of the league's best blocking tight ends. Jensen will need a year or two to develop and likely will be used as an extra blocker more than a pass-catcher. If Harbor's calf injury keeps him out of camp, he could start the season on the PUP list. That would open a spot for Brandon Barden.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Some of the battles for starting jobs along the line are going to be intriguing during camp. Joeckel and Beadles are safe, but every other spot is up for grabs. Pasztor, who started 12 games last season, shows no sign of being bothered by his surgically repaired shoulder. McClendon and Linder are battling for the right guard spot, and Brewster is going to have to hold off McClendon to be the starter at center. Bradfield has value because he can play both tackle spots.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

This should be the biggest upgraded position 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.

LINEBACKERS (6)
J.T. Thomas could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes' surgically repaired knee doesn't respond well. Stupar has had a solid camp and remains Posluszny's top backup. Reynolds did a solid job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new OTTO position (replaces strongside linebacker).

CORNERBACKS (5)

The Jags will have to decide whether to keep fourth-year player Mike Harris or Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-2, 185-pound Jeremy Harris is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith's final draft class. Blackmon has been working inside as well, which also makes Mike Harris expendable. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)
Chris Prosinski has seemingly been a bubble player since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, but there is too much competition for him to survive this time. I thought Sherrod Martin would have an edge over Young and several other players because of his experience (he started 36 games for Carolina in his first five seasons) but Young has been working with the second unit ahead of Martin. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but though he might lose his starting job to Guy, he's likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, which means all three will have to be on the active roster, because Stanzi is ineligible for the practice squad. Stanzi should start the season as the No. 2 because he’s more ready to play than Bortles, but that will likely flip-flop at some point. Stephen Morris is a practice squad candidate.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

If the Jags elect to keep only four backs, Todman and Johnson likely would battle for the final spot. That is assuming Robinson continues to be very good in camp. He might end up getting more playing time than any of the other backs after Gerhart if he shows he can be a reliable pass-catcher. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and doesn’t have problems with ball security.

RECEVIERS (6)

With Ace Sanders taking a leave of absence for personal issues and then facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, it opens an additional spot. Tandon Doss, whom the team signed as a free agent in March, suffered a severely sprained ankle and is out for at least two weeks and likely longer. Doss missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp because of a calf injury, allowing Taylor, Chad Bumphis and Hurns to get valuable reps. Hurns makes the roster because of the uncertainty with Doss.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Jensen flashed potential during OTAs and gets the edge over three other players. He’s a big kid (6-6, 270) who is a raw version of Lewis, one of the league’s best blocking tight ends. Jensen will need a year or two to develop and likely will be used as an extra blocker more than a pass-catcher. If Harbor's calf injury keeps him out of camp, he could start the season on the PUP list. That would open a spot for Brandon Barden.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Some of the battles for starting jobs along the line are going to be intriguing during camp. Joeckel and Beadles are safe, but every other spot is up for grabs. Even Pasztor, who started 12 games last season, is uncertain because we don’t know how his surgically repaired shoulder will hold up during camp. If it’s fine, then he will win the starting job at right tackle. McClendon and Linder are battling for the right guard spot, and Brewster is going to have to hold off Bowanko and two others to be the starter at center. Bradfield has value because he can play both tackle spots.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

This should be the biggest upgraded position 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.

LINEBACKERS (6)
J.T. Thomas could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes’ surgically repaired knee doesn’t respond well. The team signed veteran linebacker Josh Hull on Saturday, but it's too early to see where he fits into the mix. Reynolds did a solid job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new OTTO position (replaces strongside linebacker).

CORNERBACKS (5)

The Jags will have to decide whether to keep fourth-year player Mike Harris or Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-2, 185-pound Jeremy Harris is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith’s final draft class. Blackmon has been working inside as well, which also makes Mike Harris expendable. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)
Chris Prosinski has seemingly been a bubble player since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, but there is too much competition for him to survive this time. I thought Sherrod Martin would have an edge over Young and several other players because of his experience (he started 36 games for Carolina in his first five seasons) but Young has been working with the second unit ahead of Martin. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but though he might lose his starting job to Guy, he’s likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, which means all three will have to be on the active roster, because Stanzi is ineligible for the practice squad. Stanzi should start the season as the No. 2 because he’s more ready to play than Bortles, but that will likely flip-flop at some point. Stephen Morris is a practice squad candidate.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

If the Jags elect to keep only four backs, Todman and Johnson likely would battle for the final spot. That is assuming Robinson continues to be very good in camp. He might end up getting more playing time than any of the other backs after Gerhart if he shows he can be a reliable pass-catcher. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and doesn’t have problems with ball security.

RECEVIERS (6)

With Ace Sanders taking a leave of absence for personal issues and then facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, it opens an additional spot. Doss, whom the team signed as a free agent in March, looks like the favorite to get the last spot, edging out undrafted rookie Allen Hurns and former practice-squad player Chad Bumphis. Doss missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp because of a calf injury, allowing Taylor, Bumphis and Hurns to get valuable reps. Doss was not a consistent receiver in his three seasons in Baltimore but he led the NFL in punt return average last season and can step right in for Sanders in that role. I have Taylor beating out Hurns because of his experience, but I can easily see that being flipped if the Jags want to add more size. Hurns is 6-foot-3; Taylor is 6-0.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Jensen flashed during OTAs and gets the edge over three other players. He’s a big kid (6-6, 270) who is a raw version of Lewis, one of the league’s best blocking tight ends. Jensen will need a year or two to develop and likely will be used as an extra blocker more than a pass-catcher.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Some of the battles for starting jobs along the line are going to be intriguing during camp. Joeckel and Beadles are safe, but every other spot is up for grabs. Even Pasztor, who started 12 games last season, is uncertain because we don’t know how his surgically repaired shoulder will hold up during camp. If it’s fine, then he will win the starting job at right tackle. McClendon and Linder are battling for the right guard spot, and Brewster is going to have to hold off Bowanko and two others to be the starter at center. Bradfield has value because he can play both tackle spots.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

This should be the biggest upgraded position 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.

LINEBACKERS (6)

Either John Lotulelei or J.T. Thomas, two key special teams players last season, could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes’ surgically repaired knee doesn’t respond well. Reynolds did a solid job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new OTTO position (replaces strongside linebacker).

CORNERBACKS (5)

The Jags will have to decide whether to keep fourth-year player Mike Harris or Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-2, 185-pound Jeremy Harris is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith’s final draft class. Blackmon has been working inside as well, which also makes Mike Harris expendable. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)
Chris Prosinski has seemingly been a bubble player since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, but there is too much competition for him to survive this time. I thought Sherrod Martin would have an edge over Young and several other players because of his experience (he started 36 games for Carolina in his first five seasons) but Young has been working with the second unit ahead of Martin. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but though he might lose his starting job to Guy, he’s likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.
Examining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
General manager David Caldwell has said he likes to keep three quarterbacks, which means all three will have to be on the active roster, because Stanzi is ineligible for the practice squad. Stanzi should start the season as the No. 2 because he’s more ready to play than Bortles, but that will likely flip-flop at some point. Stephen Morris is a practice squad candidate.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

If the Jags elect to keep only four backs, Todman and Johnson likely would battle for the final spot. That is assuming Robinson continues to be very good in camp. He might end up getting more playing time than any of the other backs after Gerhart if he shows he can be a reliable pass-catcher. Johnson has to prove he can pass block and doesn’t have problems with ball security.

RECEVIERS (6)

The first four players should be locks, but it will be an interesting competition for the final two spots among Brown, Taylor, free-agent signee Tandon Doss, undrafted rookie Allen Hurns, and former practice-squad player Chad Bumphis. Doss missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp because of a calf injury, allowing Taylor, Bumphis and Hurns to get valuable reps. Doss was not a consistent receiver in his three seasons in Baltimore and has more value as a returner, but Sanders’ strength is as a punt returner and the Jags have other options at kickoff returner. I have Taylor narrowly beating out Hurns because of his experience, but I can easily see that being flipped if the Jags want to add more size. Hurns is 6-foot-3; Taylor is 6-0.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Jensen flashed during OTAs and gets the edge over three other players. He’s a big kid (6-6, 270) who is a raw version of Lewis, one of the league’s best blocking tight ends. Jensen will need a year or two to develop and likely will be used as an extra blocker more than a pass-catcher.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Some of the battles for starting jobs along the line are going to be intriguing during camp. Joeckel and Beadles are safe, but every other spot is up for grabs. Even Pasztor, who started 12 games last season, is uncertain because we don’t know how his surgically repaired shoulder will hold up during camp. If it’s fine, then he will win the starting job at right tackle. McClendon and Linder are battling for the right guard spot, and Brewster is going to have to hold off Bowanko and two others to be the starter at center. Bradfield has value because he can play both tackle spots.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

This should be the biggest upgraded position 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.

LINEBACKERS (6)

Either John Lotulelei or J.T. Thomas, two key special teams players last season, could stick if the Jaguars decide to keep an extra linebacker instead of five cornerbacks, or if Hayes’ surgically repaired knee doesn’t respond well. Reynolds did a solid job subbing for Watson (groin) during OTAs and minicamp at the new OTTO position (replaces strongside linebacker).

CORNERBACKS (5)

The Jags will have to decide whether to keep fourth-year player Mike Harris or Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-2, 185-pound Jeremy Harris is a better fit for what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks than the 5-10, 188-pound Mike Harris, who was a member of former GM Gene Smith’s final draft class. Blackmon has been working inside as well, which also makes Mike Harris expendable. Fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin will begin the season on the PUP list and doesn't count against the roster limit.

SAFETIES (4)
Chris Prosinski has seemingly been a bubble player since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, but there is too much competition for him to survive this time. Martin started 36 games for Carolina in his first five seasons, and that experience gives him the edge. Evans seems to be the name everyone mentions when talking about the first Caldwell draft pick to get cut, but though he might lose his starting job to Guy, he’s likely to stick around at least another year.

SPECIALISTS (3)

These guys should have little or no competition to make the roster.

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