Top 5 Position Battles in 2014 Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp 2014: Top 5 Position Battles

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In his second year as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gus Bradley has more of his own personnel in place. Additions of Red Bryant and Chris Clemons show he'll still poach from his former team, the Seattle Seahawks. Very few positions are locked on this squad. Marcedes Lewis at tight end and Paul Posluszny at middle linebacker are some of the only standouts. Many recent additions and high draft picks are competing for starting jobs.

5. Running Back

Toby Gerhart Jacksonville Jaguars
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5. Running Back

Toby Gerhart Jacksonville Jaguars
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Finally out from behind Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart should have the starting job. He has only 276 career carries and is distinctly a power back. Platooning with him could be Jordan Todman, who had 256 yards last year, or rookie Storm Johnson. The surprise could be Denard Robinson, who is still reinventing himself. He has been playing in the backfield and the slot, and his hands have improved over last year.

4. Free Safety

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4. Free Safety

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Josh Evans had a tough rookie season in which he did not cause a turnover. He is recovering from offseason foot surgery. Winston Guy is next in line for the job. The Jaguars did not draft a safety, but they did sign undrafted free agent Craig Loston from LSU. Someone needs to step up for this team that had only 11 interceptions last year if Gus Bradley hopes to recreate the defense he coordinated for Seattle.

3. Outside Linebacker

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3. Outside Linebacker

Geno Hayes Jacksonville Jaguars
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Who will flank Paul Posluszny? The Jaguars drafted Telvin Smith in the 5th round, but at 218 pounds, he needs to add some muscle or be pushed around by NFL linemen. Geno Hayes is the most experienced at the spot. He was second among linebackers last year with 77 tackles. Sophomore LaRoy Reynolds is still refining his massive athleticism. Gus Bradley has a history of turning speed and size into technique and craft.

2. Wide Receiver

Jacksonville Jaguars Cecil Shorts
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2. Wide Receiver

Jacksonville Jaguars Cecil Shorts
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Here there are many questions. After breaking out last year with 66 catches, Cecil Shorts hurt his hamstring and will miss a couple of weeks. Ace Sanders is on leave to settle personal issues and is facing a four-game suspension for substance abuse. Tandon Doss just injured his ankle. The Jags drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, both in the 2nd round. The door is wide open for them. Of course, Denard Robinson is a wild card in this situation.

1. Quarterback

Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles
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1. Quarterback

Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles
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No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles has the frame and arm to be the QB of the future, but for now Chad Henne is the most polished and poised. In his second year with Bradley's system, Henne is making crisp throws and quick reads. Considering how little experience the Jaguars have at WR, using the veteran quarterback should be the shrewd move. The question remains: When does Bortles take over?