By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on August 6, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team on the rise; that much is certain. Gus Bradley knows how to get the most out of his players, and that will lead to a few players really standing out this preseason. That said, here are 10 Jaguars players you should keep an eye on this preseason.
Coming off a very good rookie season, Johnathan Cyprien will be looking to cement himself as an elite strong safety. Cyprien is a good tackler and still has plenty of potential, and that should be on display this preseason.
Although he's not the elite pass-rusher he once was, Chris Clemons is still a solid rotational piece. Clemons has worked with Gus Bradley before, so can he return to his old form in a situational role?
Dwayne Gratz showed flashes of greatness in his rookie season, but overall, he was very inconsistent. With a year of experience under his belt, Gratz could be in line for a breakout season in year two.
A fifth-round selection this year, Telvin Smith certainly has the talent and motor to be an important part of Jacksonville's defense. But he needs some development, and the preseason is a great way for young players like Smith to gain experience which could really help his progress.
Although Clay Harbor may miss a game or two due to injury, when he returns he will be a player to keep an eye on. Harbor is a great H-back, and with fellow tight end Marcedes Lewis not playing up to expectations, it will be interesting to see if Harbor can take advantage.
Signed this offseason to replace Maurice Jones-Drew as Jacksonville's feature back, Toby Gerhart will need to prove he is up to the task. Gerhart showed flashes of brilliance in his limited action with the Minnesota Vikings, and the preseason will provide a glimpse into how Gerhart will fare as a feature back.
An absolute steal in the seventh round, Storm Johnson looks like he could be a great role player behind Gerhart. Johnson is big and powerful, and he should be able to take some pressure off of Gerhart's shoulders.
A big receiver with the potential to be a great asset in the red zone, Allen Robinson will get his chance to shine this preseason. Robinson is a good fit for Jacksonville's offense, and if he can avoid any more injuries, he could be special.
For as good as Allen Robinson could be, Marqise Lee could be even better. With a chance to become the Jaguars' clear No. 1 receiver, Lee should show up big this preseason.
The Jaguars' top pick this year, Blake Bortles is hopefully the team's long-term answer at the quarterback position. Bortles reportedly impressed the team in offseason workouts, and the preseason will show us how he fares in a game situation.
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