The Jaguars have put together the team's initial 53-man roster for this season.
The team made 22 moves to meet the league-mandated mark on Saturday. The Jaguars waived/released 20 players, while also placing two on inactive lists.
The following players were cut by the team:
- LB Ryan Davis
- OT Rashod Hill
- S Josh Evans
- DE Tyrone Holmes
- TE Braedon Bowman
- WR Arrelious Benn
- WR Rashad Lawrence
- WR Shane Wynn
- WR Shaq Evans
- LB Thurston Armbrister
- DT Richard Ash
- DT T.J. Barnes
- LB Jordan Tripp
- LB Sean Porter
- G Mackenzy Bernadeau
- CB Nick Marshall
- OT Pearce Slater
- CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun
- OL Jacques McClendon
- G Kadeem Edwards
Defensive tackle Michael Bennett (calf) was placed on injured reserve. Cornerback Aaron Colvin was placed on the reserve/suspended list, as he will serve his ban during the first four games of the season. Colvin will not count against the active roster.
Let's take a look at the players impacted by the Jaguars' roster shakedown:
After spending four seasons in Jacksonville, Davis will no longer pass rush for the Jaguars. A move to Otto linebacker wasn't enough to keep Davis from the chopping block, as the defense was already extremely crowded. Davis produced 11 sacks over the last three seasons. The Jaguars will move on with Dan Skuta at the Otto position.
The fourth time wasn't the charm for Evans, who made a career out of beating the offseason odds. He spent three seasons in Jacksonville, starting 37 games and producing 201 total tackles. Evans has the ability to play both safety spots and has plenty of starting experience, so his unemployment shouldn't last long.
In a surprise move, the Jaguars have cut the promising undrafted tight end from South Alabama. Bowman made plays with the first and second teams during training camp and had his moments in the preseason. Bowman can play in this league and may get claimed off waivers. If not, the Jaguars may be able to hold onto him on the practice roster.
The former Auburn quarterback made the squad as an undrafted free agent last year. Viewed as a project due to his switch from quarterback to cornerback, Marshall was given little to do as a rookie. However, this offseason showed some inconsistencies in his game and the Jaguars clearly felt they could move on without him.
The sixth round pick came on late this offseason after going under-the-radar during minicamp and organized team activities. Holmes started to show his motor as a pass rusher in the preseason and looked to be on the upswing. His development will likely have to continue on the practice squad. However, Holmes may appeal to another team on waivers.
The Jacksonville native was consistently called a "work in progress" by the coaching staff and that means he won't be sticking on the main roster. The team will likely tutor Hill on the practice squad if he can clear waivers.
The veteran wide receiver stayed healthy throughout the offseason for the first time in four years. However, his performance was clearly not up to par for the Jaguars, as they have decided to let him go. Now that his injury issues are in the past, he may be able to find work in the league.
After flashing early in the offseason, Evans suffered a calf injury that derailed his summer. He returned for the preseason but was unable to stick out after missing multiple weeks. He was let go during initial cuts but was brought back for the preseason finale. He caught three passes for 54 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Falcons.
The offensive lineman spent time on the Jaguars practice squad last year, but his familiarity with the offense didn't help him this offseason. An ankle injury kept Edwards out of several practices during training camp. He will likely end up on the team's practice squad again this year.
The Northwestern product battled injuries this offseason and that forced him behind several others on the depth chart. Lawrence was on the team's practice squad last season, so maybe he renews that gig with the Jaguars.
The pint-sized receiver-returner will now be looking for another new NFL home. He was placed on waivers after falling behind in the wide receiver competition. He may re-emerge on the practice squad.
The two-time Jaguars defensive tackle was added late in training camp due injuries along the defensive line. He will now be on waivers for the second time in a month.
Ash was on the team's practice squad for the majority of last season before getting called up for the season finale against Houston. He got a decent amount of playing time in Todd Wash's defense, but the numbers game pushed him off the depth chart. He is likely headed back to the practice squad if he passes through waivers.
Last year's sixth round pick suffered a hip injury that kept him out of several training camp practices, which stunted his offseason. He suffered a calf injury against the Falcons on Thursday and was placed on injured reserve. That move keeps Bennett on the roster for another year of learning.
The Miami product shined last offseason, but after struggling to find his footing as a rookie, he faced an uphill battle this summer. With Ryan Davis moving to Otto and Dan Skuta finally healthy, Armbrister was outside, looking in. He will now get a chance for a new opportunity on waivers.
The third-year linebacker was a surprise cut by the Jaguars on Saturday. A versatile player that earned praise for his ability to play at all three linebacker spots, Tripp seemed like a lock to make the final roster. As it turns out, Tripp was caught in a numbers game and was waived this weekend.
Colvin spent the majority of the offseason taking a backseat to his teammates. He will be suspended for the first four games of the season and will not count against the active roster. He is expected to serve in a big role when he returns to the lineup.
The veteran failed to make the cut after a lackluster offseason. He was buried on the depth chart early on and his solid performance during the preseason was too little, too late. He is now a free agent.
The undrafted free agent out of San Diego State failed to stick out throughout the offseason. Slater will likely resurface on an NFL practice squad.
The former Cincinnati Bengal failed to stick out in a crowded group at linebacker. He will now be looking elsewhere for work.
Despite the buzz surrounding his signing after the draft, Boddy-Calhoun underwhelmed during most of the offseason. He rarely stood out during the offseason program and preseason, so this move is understandable.
A late veteran add in training camp, McClendon had little time to prove he should stick around. He may receive interest somewhere else.
Below is the Jaguars initial 53-man roster:
Italics = Rookie, Italics + Bold = Free Agent Signing
QB: Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, Brandon Allen (3)
RB: T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory, Corey Grant, Denard Robinson, Joe Banyard (5)
TE: Julius Thomas, Marcedes Lewis, Ben Koyack, Neal Sterling (4)
WR: Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Rashad Greene, Bryan Walters (5)
OL: Kelvin Beachum, Luke Joeckel, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley, Chris Reed, Patrick Omameh, Josh Wells (9)
DL: Dante Fowler, Malik Jackson, Roy Miller, Jared Odrick, Sen'Derrick Marks, Tyson Alualu, Chris Smith, Sheldon Day, Yannick Ngakoue, Abry Jones (10)
LB: Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny, Dan Skuta, Myles Jack, Hayes Pullard (5)
CB: Jalen Ramsey, Davon House, Prince Amukamara, Dwayne Gratz, Josh Johnson (Suspended: Aaron Colvin) (5)
S: Tashaun Gipson, Johnathan Cyprien, Peyton Thompson, Jarrod Wilson (4)
ST: Jason Myers, Brad Nortman, Carson Tinker (3)