Projecting the Jaguars’ initial 53-man roster | Jacksonville News, Sports and Entertainment – Jacksonville Jaguars News

Projecting the Jaguars’ initial 53-man roster | Jacksonville News, Sports and Entertainment – Jacksonville Jaguars News

The combination of a new chief football boss, coach, several position coaches and players have made projecting this year’s Jaguars’ 53-man roster more difficult than usual.

What does the new position coach think of the players he inherited?

What do tweaks to the schemes of coordinators Nathaniel Hackett and Todd Wash mean for previously-safe players?

What do the hiring of Tom Coughlin as executive vice president and promotion of Doug Marrone to coach mean for many of general manager Dave Caldwell’s draft picks?

We won’t get an official answer until the roster is cut from 90 to 53 on Sept. 1.

But here is our initial crack at guessing which 53 players will make the roster. The rundown:

* Six rookies (all draft picks).

* Fourteen new players (26.4 percent) – five on offense and nine on defense.

* Twenty-six players on offense, 24 on defense, three specialists.

Last year, our record was 44 of 53 (83 percent), not counting two players who landed on injured reserve.

QUARTERBACKS

2016: Three

This year: Three

1. Blake Bortles: This is it for No. 5, who is 11-34 as a starter. The Jaguars did not sign a veteran quarterback or draft a passer to challenge him.

2. Chad Henne: Back for a sixth season. Since Bortles took over at halftime of 2014 Week 3, Henne has played only one snap (kneel-down at Detroit last year).

3. Brandon Allen: Look for Allen to get a ton of playing time in the preseason. If he shows improvement, do the Jaguars put him at QB2, just one snap away from playing?

Cut: None

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