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No, for two reasons. The first is that he plays the same position as Johnathan Cyprien
so you'd be putting Cyprien on the bench and the Jaguars believe he's one of their better defensive players. Cyprien is not rangy enough to play free safety. The second reason is the cost. The Jaguars are not in a position to be able to afford to give up high draft picks, and it would take a high pick to pry Chancellor away from the Seahawks.
The only part of the roster that you can upgrade by mining other teams' end-of-camp cuts is the bottom third, which is from where the majority of your special teams players come. The Jaguars did this in 2013, and it helped improve the special teams units. However, the special teams units are pretty solid now. If you're looking for starters or key players from other teams' cuts that means your roster is in pretty bad shape. Will the Jaguars sign a player or two cut from another team? Yes, but not to play a major role. Think about it: If those players were any good, would they be getting cut?
That's a possibility, yes, but only if it's a general disaster. The Jaguars need to show progress, meaning they need to be competitive into the fourth quarter and not get blown out. If they're getting beat by double digits, the offense is non-functional, and the defense is giving up 30-plus points a game, then coach Gus Bradley's job would certainly be in jeopardy. However, I don't think that will be the case and any decision on Bradley will come at the end of the season.
I'm not sure what you mean by everyone else making plays but him. The Jaguars have just three sacks in two preseason games, and two of them are by undrafted rookie Cap Capi. To me, that's not a lot of plays being made. Branch is one of those players whom everyone always seems to want to cut, but I don't see it in this case. Even if Dante Fowler Jr
. was not injured and having a great preseason, I would think Clemons would be in danger of being cut more so than Branch.
As of today, yes. He's due for more tests soon and then we'll have an updated timeline, but the Jaguars believe he'll be on the field for the season opener.
I've not heard any talk of the Jaguars going after a veteran receiver. If they did, it would be someone to play mainly special teams to replace the contributions they were expecting to get from Arrelious Benn
. Allen Robinson
, Marqise Lee
, Allen Hurns
and Rashad Greene
are the Jaguars' top four receivers, and it would be a surprise if the Jaguars were able to find a receiver that they would be willing to play on offense more than those four. Remember, the Jaguars aren't going to be using more than three receivers on the field at one time very often because of their multiple tight end packages.
He seemed to make a bunch of plays during training camp but has not been as noticeable during the preseason, but that's to be expected. It's hard to make the transition from quarterback to cornerback in the NFL. I do know the Jaguars like him and I expect him to make the 53-man roster.
My understanding is they were able to find a better player to fit what they wanted to do at the otto (strongside) spot in Dan Skuta
. The Jaguars were targeting a few linebackers in the draft but they were already taken by the time the Jaguars were interested in drafting a linebacker. Thomas wanted to play so it made sense for him to go elsewhere, too.
I would quibble with you saying the secondary shut down Eli Manning
and Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham was open on some of those deeper routes and Manning just overthrew him. Manning was a bit wild all night. In one case, Beckham short-armed a ball that he likely would have gone up to try and catch were it a regular-season game. I do think the secondary has a chance to be better but not if the pass rush doesn't improve. It has been pretty poor through the first two preseason games. Pass rush and good secondary play is linked because it's hard to cover any team's receivers for more than a few seconds.