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.