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Predicting the Jacksonville Jaguars 53-Man Roster in 2013

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Predicting the Jacksonville Jaguars 53-Man Roster in 2013

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The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2012 NFL season with an extremely disappointing 2-14 record that resulted in the firing of their head coach and general manager.

Since the end of the 2012 season, Jaguars fans have seen many of the mainstays of the past decade on the roster leave through free agency or get cut as the new regime looks to eliminate some of the dead weight on the roster. The goal of new general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley is to create competition at every position on the roster and they have brought in a bunch of new young players to create that feeling that no position is safe.

Predicting who will end up on the Jaguars final 53-man roster is difficult because as we have already seen several times since the draft, Caldwell is not afraid to continually tinker with the roster to bring in guys he thinks have a chance to make an impact. It is not a surprise to see a roster as poor as the Jaguars had at the end of last season will be significantly turned over in just one offseason. In fact, this roster prediction includes 24 players who were not with the Jaguars last season and includes six rookies who were not drafted.

This offseason the Jaguars have hired a new front office, unveiled brand new uniforms and ultimately will have many new faces on the field. The Jaguars are moving forward into a new era that hopefully erases to stink of losing that has surrounded this franchise for the past couple of seasons.

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Quarterbacks (3)

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Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Matt Scott

The quarterback position is far from settled, but it appears Gabbert is going to be given the chance to start. The new Jaguars regime has no loyalty to Gabbert, however, and if he continues to struggle in 2013 the other guys may get a chance to play.

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Running Backs (4)

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Maurice Jones-Drew, Denard Robinson, Justin Forsett, Lonnie Pryor (FB)

The Jaguars will lean on Jones-Drew if he is healthy to be a workhorse back, but the combination of Robinson and Forsett will add a dimension of speed to the backfield. Pryor is an undrafted rookie, but seems to be the logical replacement for the departed Greg Jones.

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Wide Receivers (6) and Tight Ends (3)

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Wide Receivers

Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, Ace Sanders, Mohamed Massaquoi, Jordan Shipley, Tobias Palmer

Tight Ends

Marcedes Lewis, Ryan Otten, Matt Veldman

The Jaguars wide receiver group may be one of the strongest positions on the roster and I think they will carry an extra guy into the regular season due to Blackmon’s suspension. Lewis is the only proven tight end on the roster, but Otten and Veldman are two young guys who possess some significant upside.

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Offensive Lineman (8)

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Eugene Monroe, Luke Joeckel, Brad Meester, Uche Nwaneri, Will Rackley, Cameron Bradfield, Mike Brewster, Drew Nowak

The addition of Joeckel should significantly help the Jaguars offensive line, the big question is who gets the nod at left guard. I think the job is Rackley’s to lose, but it is one of the position battles to watch with interest in training camp.

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Defensive Lineman (10)

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Jason Babin, Andre Branch, Brandon Deaderick, Austen Lane, Jeremy Mincey, Tyson Alualu, Kyle Love, Sen’Derrick Marks, Roy Miller, T.J. Barnes

Ten is a lot of defensive lineman, but I think the Jaguars want to run multiple fronts and cycle in a bunch of guys to keep them fresh. A lot of these guys can play several different roles along the line which means guys probably won’t be locked into just one position along the line.

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Linebackers (6)

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Russell Allen, Geno Hayes, Paul Posluszny, Julian Stanford, Maalik Bomar, Brandon Marshall

This may be the weakest position group on the Jaguars roster and coincidently the toughest to predict who will end up on the roster. Outside of Posluszny in the middle, this position group is totally up in the air and anybody in camp has a fair shot at making the roster.

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Defensive Backs (10)

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Alan Ball, Dwayne Gratz, Jeremy Harris, Demetrius McCray, Dwight Lowery, Marcus Trufant, Johnathan Cyprien, Josh Evans, Chris Banjo, Mike Harris

There are eight new players in the position group as the Jaguars have completely overhauled the secondary this offseason. There is a lot of youth in this position group and several of these guys will be counted on to contribute on special teams.

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Special Teamers (3)

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Josh Scobee (K), Bryan Anger (P), Carson Tinker (LS)

The only surprise here is that Tinker supplants veteran long snapper Jeremy Cain on the roster as the Jaguars continue to get younger.