Breaking Down the Jaguars Roster Cuts

Jacksonville Jaguars' Trae Williams (22) heads up field after intercepting a Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday night Aug. 23, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Jaguars' Isaiah Gardner, right, prepares to block Buccaneers' Clifton Smith, center.

The Jaguars cut to 53 didn’t offer too many shockers.

But there were a few guys that the Jaguars let go that look like they can play.

Here is a breakdown of the Jaguars openind day roster by position along with my analysis:

QB(2): David Garrard, Cleo Lemon

Analysis: Jack Del Rio saw enough out of Cleo Lemon against the Redskins to think that he could win a game or two with Lemon at the helm if David Garrard went out. I think it’s possible that someone will pick up Bouman if the Jaguars aren’t careful.

RB(5): Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, Greg Jones, Chauncey Washington, Montell Owens

Analysis: No real surprises here. Washington will probably be a game-day inactice more often than not as long as the other guys are healthy, but he looks like a good developmental player.

WR:(6): Jerry Porter, Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Mike Walker, Matt Jones, Troy Williamson

Analysis: I think that D’Juan Woods could be headed for the practice squad and I’m really sorry that the Jaguars couldn’t find a spot for Hoag. He’s the kind of player you need to complete a team sometimes. He does a little bit of everything, including special teams, but after Williamson’s big catch on Thursday, it was tough to keep Hoag.

TE(3): Marcedes Lewis, Greg Estandia, Richard Angulo

Analysis: I think you might see Charles Davis on the practice squad. He certainly passes the eye test. He just needs to work on his blocking.

OL(9): Khalif Barnes, Vince Manuwai, Dennis Norman, Maurice Williams, Tony Pashos, Brad Meester, Richard Collier, Uche Nwaneri, Tutan Reyes

Analysis: The only surprise here–and it’s not a big one–is Reyes. But his flexibility make him valuable. He’s a solid pro. The kind of player you need as a backup.

DL(9): Paul Spicer, John Henderson, Rob Meier, Reggie Hayward, Derrick Harvey, Quentin Groves, Derek Landri, Tony McDaniel, Jimmy Kennedy

Analysis: Kennedy may have saved his spot with a good performance on Thursday night. Other than Landri’s health and where to put him, there weren’t a lot of decisions to make here. I’m expecting to see Mkristo Bruce on the practice squad.

LB (7): Darryl Smith, Mike Peterson, Justin Durant, Clint Ingram, Brian Iwuh, Brent Hawkins, Thomas Williams

Analysis: Tony Gilbert held on a long time for a guy who wasn’t very fast. That’s a compliment to his work ethic and toughness. But he didn’t make the cut this year. Hawkins is still trying to get comfortable with being a full-time linebacker. He’ll have to contribute on special teams. That’s also where Williams and Iwuh should offer their most valuable contribution.

DB(9): Rashean Mathis, Brian Williams, Reggie Nelson, Drayton Florence, Scott Starks, Gerald Sensabaugh, Brian Witherspoon, Jamal Fudge, Pierson Prioleau

Analysis: I did not expect the Jaguars to keep nine defensive backs. I expected Fudge or Prioleau, not both of them. This might be the deepest position group on the team. Witherspoon won’t be used as a corner much right way. They’re looking for him to be a difference maker on returns.

ST(3): Josh Scobee, Adam Podlesh, Joe Zelenka

Analysis: Absolutely no surprise here. There was not competition for any of these three.

Who do I expect to see on the practice squad? Here’s a shot in the dark (and you can grade me on Sunday):

Mkristo Bruce, D’Juan Woods, Charles Davis, Rashod Moulton, Andrew Carnahan, Drew Miller, Chris Brown and another Big Body to be named.


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