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Jacksonville Jaguars’ 5 Most Surprising Roster Cuts in 2014

Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 Most Surprising Roster Cuts of 2014

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In two years at the helm, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have done a nice job of building a young and talented roster. With so many players fighting it out for a handful of roster spots, there were bound to be a few surprises in the quest to get down to a 53-man roster. With that being said, here are the Jaguars' five most surprising cuts of 2014.

5. Sherrod Martin, S

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5. Sherrod Martin, S

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Heading into the preseason, Martin was ahead of safety Josh Evans on the depth chart and appeared to be a better fit defensively than veteran Chris Prosinski. But Evans came on strong in the preseason, and the team views Prosinski as one of their best special teams players. There was simply no room left for Martin on the roster.

4. Nate Stupar, LB

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4. Nate Stupar, LB

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A injury to fellow backup linebacker J.T. Thomas early in training camp opened the door for Stupar, and he impressed early in the preseason. However, once Thomas was healthy he was far and away the better player and overtook Stupar for the final linebacker spot.

3. Mike Brewster, C

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3. Mike Brewster, C

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Brewster was the starting center throughout training camp and in the first two preseasn games, but he was never able to take control of the job and was eventually surpassed by Jacques McClendon and rookie Luke Bowanko. Brewster's fate was sealed when he botched his third snap of the preseason in the finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

2. Marcel Jensen, TE

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2. Marcel Jensen, TE

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After surviving the first round of cuts on Saturday, Jensen was waived Sunday to make room for newly claimed tight end Mickey Shuler. An undrafted free agent, Jensen flashed at times in the offseason, but he was never able to put it together on the field this preseason. It would not be surprising to see him end up on the Jaguars' practice squad.

1. Ricky Stanzi, QB

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1. Ricky Stanzi, QB

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General manager Dave Caldwell said he likes to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster, but he decided to role with Chad Henne and rookie Blake Bortles for now. With Bortles' rapid progression throughout the preseason, there was no need for the team to keep Stanzi on the active roster any longer. He could end up on the practice squad.

K.J. Momberg is the Jacksonville Jaguars writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @k_momberg or add him to your network on Google.