All preseason long, the Jacksonville Jaguars have kept their depth chart for the 2012 season under the radar.
Here's a position-by-position breakdown of where they stand, who's rising to the occasion, and who just isn't making the cut.
Quarterback: Mike Mularkey has obviously brought in the right pieces coaching-wise around Blaine Gabbert in offensive coordinator Bob Bratowski and quarterbacks coach Greg Olsen.
Gabbert is the starter without a doubt.
With Nathan Enderle out of the picture, Chad Henne and Jordan Palmer are fighting for that backup role behind Gabbert. Henne has taken more reps in training camp, but Palmer has had more reps in the preseason, giving him game experience.
I wouldn't be surprised if Palmer is the backup as he has looked a great deal better than Henne both visually and statistically going 14 of 27 for 149 yards and a touchdown in the preseason with a rating of 80.6 compared to 13 of 28 for 121 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and a rating of 55.8 for Henne.
Running Back: MJD's holdout continues as his fine meter officially surpasses a million dollars. However, expect a surprise in the next week or so that gets him back on the field. Whether or not Jones-Drew shows up, Rashad Jennings will be ready no matter what his role is, whether it's the primary back or the backup.
Either way, Jennings has shown solid running this preseason and that he has what it takes to be an every-down back. With DuJuan Harris out of the picture, Keith Tolston seems to have risen up to that third back role, working nicely in his development with running back coach Sylvester Croom. Outside of those three, Richard Murphy, Jalen Parmele, and Will Ta'ufo'ou will have all have to fight for a roster spot through special teams.
Fullback: Brock Bolen will end up on injured/reserve IF he can pass waivers, otherwise, he's history. Montell Owens will likely convert back to being a fullback unless they find a deal in free agency or through waivers. Expect Owens to be the backup to Greg Jones at the fullback position and continue to fulfill his role on special teams.
Wide Receiver: Despite his holdout early in training camp, Justin Blackmon has without a doubt risen to the top and become the No. 1 receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Blaine Gabbert's primary weapon.
With the release of Lee Evans, Laurent Robinson and Mike Thomas round out the top three wideout slots. Cecil Shorts III, Brian Robiskie, and Kevin Elliott will fight for those last two spots on the roster at wide receiver while Demetrius Williams will most likely compete with whoever out of the three doesn't make the team, for a spot on the practice squad.
Tight End: With Matt Veldman on injured/reserve and Marcedes Lewis dubbed the starter at tight end, Colin Cloherty has looked solid this preseason and along with Zach Miller and Zach Potter will compete for the backup tight end job.
However, the main decision will be if the Jaguars decide to keep two or three tight ends. Cloherty has the upper hand as he has been able to stay healthy and take advantage of reps in different game situations.
Center: Brad Meester is the oldest player on the Jaguars' roster. He isn't going anywhere so don't worry. He just hasn't played this preseason so he doesn't get hurt, we'll really need him this year.
John Estes is on injured/reserve with a knee injury. Will Rackley and Uche Nwaneri can both play center but Rackley has to first be able to stay healthy while Nwaneri is much needed at guard. Look for undrafted rookie Mike Brewster out of Ohio State to sit behind Meester this season at center.
Offensive Guard: Jason Spitz has been placed on injured/reserve while Will Rackley is just getting back into the swing of things coming off injuries. Eben Britton will likely play at right guard while Uche Nwaneri will play at left.
Behind those two, Will Rackley and Josh Beekman as well as undrafted rookie D.J. Hall out of Texas Tech are all that's left. Don't forget that one of them will also be needed for the practice squad.
Offensive Tackle: Eugene Monroe hasn't played in a few weeks and is still rehabbing from a concussion suffered in training camp. Cameron Bradfield will now play at the left tackle Spot leaving the right tackle spot up for grabs at the moment.
Lee Barbiasz has taken majority of the reps but will likely compete with William Robinson. When Monroe returns, Bradfield will move back over to the right side, Whimper (providing he stays healthy) will backup Monroe and Robinson will competer with Barbiasz for the backup right tackle spot.
Defensive End: Jeremy Mincey and second-round draft pick Andre Branch are the clear starters at defensive end. John Chick is on the PUP list and might be for quite some time, don't expect him back anytime soon.
Austen Lane and Aaron Morgan have both has solid preseason performance and have slid in to the backup roles at defensive end behind Mincey and Branch. George Selvie, Ryan Davis, and Odrick Ray will all more than likely fight for a spot on the practice squad.
Defensive Tackle: Tyson Alualu and Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton aren't going anywhere. Despite offseason setbacks for Knighton, he's looked fabulous in the preseason showing up to camp under 330 pounds and playing on a contract-year in the best shape he's ever been in his entire professional career.
Jeris Pendleton has solidified that third spot at DT. C.J. Moseley will have to compete with Corey Irvin and D'Anthony Smith for that 4th role and/or a job on the practice squad.
Linebacker: Paul Posluszny will start at MLB while fellow Vet Daryl Smith will line up outside along with rookie Brandon Marshall. Clint Session's days are numbered if he ever gets off the PUP list.
Russell Allen and Kyle Bosworth both are solid at the backup roles on the outside. It will be up to a few undrafted rookies in Julian Stanford, Joshua Jones, and J.K. Schaffer to find a spot on the practice squad or as a back-up to Posluszny.
Cornerback: Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox are definitely the starters here. Aaron Ross will backup Mathis while Mike Harris backs up Cox. William Middleton, Kevin Rutland, Leigh Torrence, Trumaine McBride, Antonia Dennard, and Antwon Blake will all fight for that last spot at cornerback.
Safety: Dawan Landry and Dwight Lowery will start at safety. Chris Prosinski and Courtney Greene will most likely back up Landry and Lowery, Rod Issac may just get the pink slip.
Kicker: Josh Scobee has been locked up for the next four years. There will be no Brandon Coutu folks.
Punter: No more Rugby style punts or shanks from Matt Turk. Tha Jaguars have found a hidden gem in Bryan Anger.
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