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Jaguars Insider: Who will make final roster? Some preseason adjustments

Posted: August 16, 2014 - 6:39pm  |  Updated: August 16, 2014 - 6:46pm
Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns makes a reception against the Bears during the first half in Chicago on Thursday.  AP
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Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns makes a reception against the Bears during the first half in Chicago on Thursday.

On June 23, following the Jaguars’ final off-season workout, I projected what the 53-man roster would look like after the preseason.

Nearly two months later, all of my choices remain on the 90-man roster.

Halfway through the preseason, it’s time to revisit things position-by-position and make the necessary changes.

Quarterbacks (2): Chad Henne and Blake Bortles. The Jaguars want to keep three — and probably Ricky Stanzi, but the injury to right tackle Austin Pasztor creates the need for an extra offensive lineman.

Running backs (5): Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson, Storm Johnson and Will Ta’ufo’ou. My view is Todman will start as the No. 2 tailback, but Robinson and Johnson will also have roles.

Tight ends (3): Marcedes Lewis, Clay Harbor and D.J. Tialavea. Tialavea has passed Marcel Jensen in the playing order, unless the Jaguars are trying to stash Jensen.

Receivers (6): Cecil Shorts, Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Mike Brown and Tandon Doss. In June, I had Doss out, but if his ankle heals in time, he takes Ace Sanders’ roster spot (suspension) and should get a chance to return punts.

Offensive line (9): Pasztor, Luke Joeckel, Zane Beadles, Mike Brewster, Brandon Linder, Cam Bradfield, Luke Bowanko, Josh Wells and Jacques McClendon. Pasztor’s broken hand creates a roster spot for Wells (who injured his shoulder on Thursday), at least for the first few weeks.

Defensive line (10): Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Sen’Derrick Marks, Roy Miller, Ziggy Hood, Andre Branch, Tyson Alualu, Abry Jones, Ryan Davis and Chris Smith. Viewed as the deepest group entering training camp, that has been confirmed.

Linebackers (6): Paul Posluszny, Dekoda Watson, Geno Hayes, LaRoy Reynolds, Nate Stupar and Telvin Smith. Watson (groin) still hasn’t practiced so I think Reynolds will be the Week 1 starter at the Otto spot.

Defensive backs (9): Alan Ball, Dwayne Gratz, Johnathan Cyprien, Winston Guy, Will Blackmon, Demetrius McCray, Josh Evans, Sherrod Martin and Rashaad Reynolds. Two changes here — put Martin on instead of Chris Prosinski and Reynolds instead of Jeremy Harris.

Specialists (3): Josh Scobee, Bryan Anger and long snapper Carson Tinker.

 

Quarterback recap

A review of Henne and Bortles from the Chicago game:

■ Each quarterback threw 17 passes and each had six attempts that traveled 10 or more yards downfield.

■ Henne’s throws (including a play negated by penalty) traveled 18, 5, 14, 1, 6, 23, 14, 20, 5, 3, 4, 5, 3, 12 and 20 yards. He had three passes that didn’t cross the line of scrimmage.

■ Bortles’ throws traveled 5, 5, 13, 15, 5, 4, 2, 22, 12, 3, 22, 8, 22 and 11 yards. He had two passes and a spike that didn’t cross the line.

■ Henne faced all four five-man pass rushes and Bortles faced only one pass rush of more than four — a six-man rush against seven-man protection.

■ Henne’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Lee was with a seven-man protection. Henne first looked right to Brown on the slant before turning left and throwing to Lee, who started the play from the left slot.

 

Preseason Week 2

Observations from the Jaguars’ 20-19 loss to the Bears:

■ Good plays against the run by Branch, Miller, Hayes, Stupar, Gratz and Miller … all on the Bears’ second possession. Chicago ran 10 plays during its touchdown drive and all 85 yards came via pass or penalty.

■ The Jaguars started the game with extra muscle on the field — a fullback (Ta’ufo’ou) on the first two snaps and then two tight ends (Lewis and Brandon Barden) for four consecutive snaps. On the second drive, Ta’ufo’ou played six snaps.

■ Lee played 27 snaps, including one play when Bortles was in the game. Gerhart’s debut consisted of 12 snaps.

■ Joeckel did a nice job in pass protection against Bears defensive end Jared Allen. Joeckel’s two minus plays were in the running game. On a third-and-1, he was run over by linebacker Jonathan Bostic, who stopped Gerhart for a 4-yard loss. On the next series, Allen beat Joeckel and stopped Gerhart for a 2-yard loss.

■ The Jaguars got their screen game going, gaining 37 yards on four passes that were caught behind the line of scrimmage.

 

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augustinegator 08/17/14 - 08:02 am
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I would not be surprised to

I would not be surprised to see
Dave Caldwell pickup a tight end
from another team when every
team makes their cuts down to a
54 man roster.

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