By K.J. Momberg @kjmomberg on August 8, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars began overhauling their roster last season, which opened the door for players like Will Blackmon and LaRoy Reynolds to emerge from nowhere to make the final roster. This season, as the rebuild continues, another crop of players will get a chance to surprise everyone and make the final roster. With that in mind, here are five dark horse candidates to make the final roster.
The undrafted wide receiver out of Miami has taken advantage of all the injuries the Jaguars have had at the position. A strong showing in the preseason should solidify Hurns' spot on the final roster.
It was a bit of a surprise when Rashaad Reynolds went undrafted. However, the former Oregon State cornerback has played well in training camp, and with fellow rookie Aaron Colvin set to start the year on the PUP list, Reynolds could earn a roster spot with a good showing in the preseason.
Head coach Gus Bradley has had nothing but good things to say about Gerald Rivers during training camp. Claimed late last season off waivers from the St. Louis Rams, the 6-foot-5, 258-pound defensive end is the prototypical size for the LEO (pass rushing) defensive end position. He would likely have to outplay Ryan Davis and rookie Chris Smith, but the potential to earn a roster spot is there.
A long shot heading into camp, Martin has played well and is currently listed as the No. 2 free safety behind Winston Guy. If he hopes to sneak onto the final roster, Martin will have to hold off second-year safety Josh Evans, who started 11 games as a rookie last season.
Stephen Morris' chances of making the final roster are entirely dependent on whether or not the Jaguars back off their stance of having first-round pick Blake Bortles sit this season. If Bortles impresses well enough in the preseason to change the coaches' minds, then Morris could make the team as the third option if he can outplay Ricky Stanzi in the preseason.
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