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NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars Being Cut Down To 53-Man Roster, Release Quarterback Jordan Palmer

Following Thursday night’s final preseason game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have begun the process of cutting down their roster to the NFL mandated 53-man limit.

So far the Jaguars reports have come out of three of the players have already been released by the team on Friday.

The most notable of the three is quarterback Jordan Palmer, who played well this preseason as the Jaguars third-string quarterback.

Palmer was signed by the Jaguars back in May due to his connections to new offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski from the time they spent together with the Cincinnati Bengals. Although he was initially believed to be a long shot to make the Jaguars roster, Palmer arguable outperformed second-string quarterback Chad Henne this preseason.

Some believed the Jaguars would consider keeping three quarterbacks on the roster given how well Palmer has played, but they will instead go into the regular season with only two quarterbacks suggesting they are planning on keeping an extra wide receiver or linebacker.

The Jaguars also have released tight end Colin Cloherty and defensive lineman Odrick Ray, last year’s fifth-round draft pick Rod Issac and lineback J.K. Schaffer.

Cloherty played well this preseason, catching a touchdown pass in the game against the New Orleans Saints. His release suggests that the Jaguars are comfortable with Zach Miller being ready to play when the regular season begins after he suffered an injury earlier in the preseason.

Ray was a versitile defensive lineman who played at both end and tackle this preseason, but he is the victim of the Jaguars having some quality depth along the defensive line.

Issac never really made an impact and struggled as the Jaguars tried to convert him from a cornerback to a safety, his release is not much of a surprise.

Schaffer turned some heads with his play in the Jaguars final preseason game, but with the teams questionable depth at the linebacker position he will be a prime candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers.