There is roughly a month until the Jacksonville Jaguars begin training camp and there are already projections of how the 53-man roster is going to look.
It’s hard to say who might be in jeopardy of being cut or traded, but many media types have seen enough in OTAs and mandatory minicamp to know who will and will not be on the final roster for the opening game against the Green Bay Packers.
The Jaguars are now in a position, after a solid free agency period and a draft class this season aimed at helping the defense, where quality players are going to be cut.
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That’s a sign things are looking up for the franchise. While a player or two might surprise us all and make an impact this offseason, there are still a few players who may be on the bubble when it comes time to make hard decisions.
These players may not be wearing teal and black once the 2016 season begins.
Dwayne Gratz –
The defensive back might be a numbers casualty or simply a player from the 2013 Draft class that did not pan out. The safety looked like he could be a solid contributor at times and, at others, looked lost in coverage.
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He was MIA at times, not seeing the field on a defense that looked weak against the pass last season. I think Gratz makes the team while Aaron Colvin serves his four-game suspension at the beginning of the season and is released after he returns.
Denard Robinson –
You could make the argument that fumbles could have cost the Jaguars two wins last season. The Robinson experiment might be coming to an end in Jacksonville.
Holding on to the football has been an issue with the converted quarterback and now that the team has signed Chris Ivory and it will most certainly keep Corey Grant because of his return skills, Robinson must have a great training camp to retain a roster spot.
I don’t see Robinson having a real value on this roster.
Michael Bennett –
The defensive tackle is talented, but the Jaguars have too many players in the rotation. They signed Malik Jackson in the offseason and drafted Sheldon Day out of Notre Dame. The team already has Roy Miller and Sen’Derrick Marks returning from injury. Jared Odrick can also play inside as well.
It’s purely a numbers game. The Jaguars are at the point where talented players are going to be released and latch on with other teams and find success. Bennett might be the first one to make that happen.
Luke Joeckel –
The left tackle looks bigger than he has in the past, but that may not translate to him being better on the field.
There were times in minicamp where he was manhandled by Dante Fowler, which is not a good sign. The Jaguars signed Kelvin Beachum to challenge the former first-round draft pick for the starting left tackle slot. The fact Joeckel has already been told the team has not picked up his fifth-year option means the writing might already be on the wall.
There is talk that Beachum could win the left tackle job and Joeckel could move inside to left guard. There is some flexibility there, but time is certainly running out for Joeckel to become an NFL success