Now that the Jaguars have cut down to 53 players, what do they have?
For the most part, the Jacksonville Jaguars current 53-man roster will be what they end up going to Houston with on Sunday to take on the Houston Texans in Week 1 of the NFL regular season. There weren’t many real “surprises” as far as the cuts, but let’s take a look at each position group and see what the team did. I’m going to skip over groups that didn’t really have an real “movement” in them.
The team kept both Blake Bortles and Chad Henne, releasing Brandon Allen after the first wave of waiver claims. I figured they’d cut Allen in the initial cut down to 53, but they decided to do it after they began claiming players. I would anticipate Allen being added to the practice squad, given he clears waivers, which he should. No surprises here.
The only real surprise on the offensive line was trading Luke Bowanko to the Baltimore Ravens. Most figured Bowanko was safe on the roster because of his versatility and he did pretty good at guard in the preseason, but it’s clear the team was planning on cutting him. Bowanko wasn’t going to impact the win total, but it’s a bit curious that you move a decent backup for Basically nothing. The team also claimed William Poehls, so basically swapped out Bowanko for Poehls. It will be interesting to see if the team makes a move for someone like Alex Boone or John Greco after Week 1, but the offensive line is basically what it has been.
There wasn’t a ton of movement at linebacker, but it was interesting to see the team decided to not only go light at the position with just five, but also with basically no experience with the depth. Even if you count Lerentee McCray as an SLB, he’s making a switch to that position. Hayes Pullard wasn’t a world beater, but he’d seemed to establish himself as a good backup and special teamer. He certainly outplayed rookie Blair Brown.
The only real surprise at corner was the team kept rookie Jalen Myrick, who had been totally awful during training camp and the preseason. Tom Coughlin indicated that Myrick would be valuable on special teams, but like linebacker the team decided to stick with a rookie draft pick over a player who actually outplayed them.
Those were the four interesting spots to me after the cutdown and probably will be positions the team churns during the season.