The Jacksonville Jaguars have been very productive this off season and brought in a wide variety of talent through free agency and the draft Many have tipped them to be playoff contenders on these facts alone and on paper they do stand out as an improved roster. With all these new signings arriving, it’s time to predict who will be cleaning out their locker and making room for the new talent.
Dwayne Gratz CB, Demetrius McCray CB, Nick Marshall CB
When you look at the stat lines such as 65% passes completed against the Jags, you have to consider the coaches may be unhappy. The front office also added 1st round pick Jalen Ramsey; a blue chip rated rookie who is projected to start day one despite his recent injury and former 1st round pick of the Giants Prince Amukamara, who will also be fighting to be on top of the depth chart. Last year’s starters, Aaron Colvin and Davon House should remain firmly on the roster as they are relatively cheap and don’t affect the cap space too dramatically. Despite Colvin’s’ 4 game suspension, it’s hard to see all 3 veterans returning. They will compete with other free agents, but they won’t all survive the cut.
Marcedes Lewis TE
The 32 year old tight end has slowly declined since his superb 2010 campaign. His monstrous frame is still a desirable target in the red zone, but his ability to separate from defenders and block in the run game are a shadow of what they once were. With Julius Thomas finally healthy, it’s hard to see Lewis remaining on the roster. Cutting him would save the Jags around 4 million in cap space, which might be the deciding factor.
Marqise Lee WR
Marqise Lee has slowly fallen down the depth chart since his rookie season and now finds himself in a make or break preseason that could see his NFL career end if he doesn’t rise up to the challenge. The young receiver will have plenty of competition from rookies and free agents all fighting for the 3rd and 4th spot on the roster, which the former 2nd round pick used to own but is no longer guaranteed after two very uninspiring seasons.
Justin Blackmon, WR
It’s a shame to see such a talented individual fall so quickly from grace, but Blackmon hasn’t played a down since the 2013 season. The former first round pick has remained on the Jags books since then, but not on an active roster. Maybe 2016 will see the complete removal of his affiliation with the club.