For most teams in the NFL, cutting down their roster to 53 players is the final step before heading into the regular season. For a team towards the bottom of the league in talent, like the Jacksonville Jaguars, panning the waiver wire for gold after other teams make their cuts is a valuable resource to sure up the back end of the roster.
On Friday, the Jaguars released: wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, defensive end Pannel Egboh, quarterback Mike Kafka, running back Jonathan Grimes, linebacker Brandon Marshall, wide receiver Charly Martin, offensive tackle Pat McQuistan, guard Drew Nowak, cornerback Kevin Rutland, defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith, linebacker Julian Stanford and cornerback Marcus Trufant, wide receiver Toney Clemons and defensive end Ryan Davis, defensive tackle T.J. Barnes, offensive tackle R.J. Dill, tight end Ryan Otten, wide receiver Tobais Palmer, quarterback Matt Scott, safety Steven Terrell and linebacker Mike Zimmer.
Of the Jaguars cuts, the only real suprises were Trufant, whose age and lack of special teams ability made him expendable, and Egboh, who had a really strong preseason backing up Tyson Alualu at the 5-technique defensive end position.
The Jaguars are not going to go into practice this week with the same 53-man roster they turned into the league on Saturday afternoon, however. I expect the Jaguars front office to be very active this weekend putting in waiver claims on guys that have been released by better teams that did not have spot for them.
The positions I expect the Jaguars to target on the wire are wide receiver, linebacker, offensive line, pass rushers and tight ends. In fact the Jaguars still have so many needs that I wouldn’t be shocked to see them claim 5 or more players this weekend.
For a young and inexperienced team like the Jaguars, the weekly roster churn is going to become a normal occurrence. If Dave Caldwell finds one or two guys this year on the waiver wire that can become key contributors moving forward, it would go a long way towards accelerating his rebuild.
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