Jaguars 2018 53-man Roster Prediction

I thought it would be fun to see if I could do a better job predicting the Jaguars’ initial 53-man roster. I probably won’t, because there are probably reasons why he’s a professional sportswriter and I am not. His take on the roster is here.

Quarterback (2, 2)

MD: Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler

Me: Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler

Running Back (4, 4)

MD: Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant, Tim Cook

Me: Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant, Brandon Wilds

I keep hearing about Tim Cook, but I haven’t seen it on the field. They may try and stash Cook on the practice squad.

Fullback (1, 1)

MD: Tommy Bohanon

Me: Tommy Bohanon

Wide Receiver (6, 6)

MD: Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, Jaydon Mickens, Rashad Greene

Me: Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, Jaydon Mickens, Shane Wynn

Rashad Greene has caught 4 of 6 balls thrown his way, for 21 yards this preseason.He did not play in 2017, but in his first two seasons he averaged 5.2 yards per reception, had a long of 18 yards, and only managed 24 catches (the Jaguars offense was pretty desperate in 2015 and there were a lot of passing yards in 2016, so this stands out).  It would not shock me if Shane Wynn got a shot. Wynn is generously listed at 5ʹ6ʺ tall, but Darren Sproles played at that height successfully. The Jaguars have several other players who can return punts in Wesbrook and Mickens. Greene has been a disappointed since he was drafted. I know the Jaguars like him because can play in the slot or outside, and the truth is they are probably more likely to keep him over the diminutive Wynn, but I’m calling my shot here.

Note: Zero chance they sign Dez Bryant.

Fullback (1, 1)

MD: Tommy Bohanon

Me: Tommy Bohanon

Tight End (4, 3)

MD: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, James O’Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack, Niles Paul

Me: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, James O’Shaughnessy, Niles Paul

This is an underwhelming group. Koyack has never lived up to his potential and O’Shaughnessy has never consistently performed–missing some big opportunities as well as making some good catches last year. It would not shock me to see some action at this position after cut-down day. And, if Goolsby has a productive 4th preseason game I could see him making the roster and the Jaguars making a cut somewhere else.

Offensive Line (9, 9)

MD: Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, Chris Reed, Josh Wells

Me: Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, Chris Reed, Josh Wells.

The Jaguars seem to really like Will Poehls and have had along look at him in a few games this preseason, but it’s hard to see them letting Wells, who has played a lot for them the last few years, go.

Defensive Line (9, 9)

MD: Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler, Michael Bennett, Abry Jones, Lerentee McCray, Taven Bryan

Me: Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler, Michael Bennett, Abry Jones, Lerentee McCray, Taven Bryan (edit: Dawuane Smoot until Fowler comes off suspended list?)

Linebacker (5, 5)

MD: Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Leon Jacobs, Blair Brown, Donald Payne

Me: Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Leon Jacobs, Blair Brown, Donald Payne

The Jaguars say they like the young talent they have, but it wouldn’t be a shocker if there were some moves here in September. This would be a rookie, two 2nd-year players, a 3rd-year player, and a 5th-year player as it stands. Young.

Cornerback (6, 5)

MD: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Tyler Patmon, D.J. Hayden, Tre Herndon, Quenton Meeks

Me: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Tyler Patmon, D.J. Hayden, Tre Herndon

It’s hard for me to see two undrafted free agents making the roster at cornerback.

Safety (4, 5)

MD: Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson, Ronnie Harrison, Cody Davis

Me: Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson, Ronnie Harrison, Cody Davis, Jarrod Wilson

Wilson seems to have played well this preseason, and he played well last year.

Specialists (3, 3)

MD: Logan Cooke (P), Josh Lambo (K), Carson Tinker (LS)

Me: Logan Cooke (P), Josh Lambo (K), Carson Tinker (LS)

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