Jaguars' final 53-man roster projection includes rookie Brandon Allen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars must cut their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here's a final 53-man roster projection:

QUARTERBACKS (3): Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, Brandon Allen

The Jaguars really like Allen and don't want to risk losing him. He'll eventually replace Henne as Bortles' backup (maybe as early as 2017).

RUNNING BACKS (4): T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory, Denard Robinson, Corey Grant

Yeldon and Ivory have looked good in the preseason. Robinson has been next off the bench, and the Jaguars like him as a change-of-pace element. Grant is the team's kick returner, and that gets him the fourth spot. If the team decides to keep five (which would take a spot away from another position, possibly tight end) it would likely be Joe Banyard.

WIDE RECEIVERS (5): Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Rashad Greene, Bryan Walters

The first four spots are locked up, so Walters, Arrelious Benn and Tony Washington are fighting for the final spot. Bortles has a lot of trust in Walters, who seems to catch everything.

TIGHT ENDS (4): Julius Thomas, Marcedes Lewis, Braedon Bowman, Ben Koyack

Bowman replaces Nic Jacobs from the earlier projection. He has struggled to catch the ball, and the Jaguars can get by without keeping a second tight end who is primarily a blocker. Bowman has had a good camp and has good hands. Koyack has worked as a fullback too and had a nice block on Ivory's touchdown run against the New York Jets.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Luke Joeckel, Kelvin Beachum, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Josh Wells, Chris Reed; Luke Bowanko will start the season on PUP

Wells had surgery on a broken right thumb Aug. 11, but the Jaguars might opt to keep him on the active roster because he is the their top reserve tackle and he can play both spots. If they decide to place him on PUP, that could open a spot for OT Patrick Omameh.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10): Dante Fowler Jr., Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, Sen'Derrick Marks, Sheldon Day, Roy Miller, Jared Odrick, Tyson Alualu, Abry Jones, Michael Bennett; Jonathan Woodard will go on IR

The only uncertainty is Day, who has missed three weeks because of a back injury. It doesn't appear to be serious, but he has missed valuable practice time, and his availability early in the season is in doubt. He was impressive when he was healthy.

LINEBACKERS (6): Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny, Dan Skuta, Myles Jack, Ryan Davis, Jordan Tripp

Tripp will battle with Thurston Armbrister and Hayes Pullard II for the final spot. He has flashed a bit more in camp, and his work on special teams is solid, which probably will be the difference. Skuta and Davis are playing the newly created "Lotto," which means they line up at strongside linebacker but also rush the passer.

DEFENSIVE BACKS (9): Jalen Ramsey, Davon House, Prince Amukamara, Nick Marshall, Dwayne Gratz, Tashaun Gipson, Johnathan Cyprien, Peyton Thompson, Josh Evans; Aaron Colvin is suspended for the first four games

The expected battle between Cyprien and James Sample never materialized. Cyprien outplayed Sample during camp, and Sample suffered a shoulder injury in the first preseason game and hasn't practice since. He's a candidate for IR, which opens a spot for Evans. If the Jaguars decide to keep Sample on the active roster, they could opt to keep another safety until Sample is completely healthy.

SPECIALISTS (3): Jason Myers, Brad Nortman, Carson Tinker

No changes here. Myers has had a solid camp and hasn't missed a PAT (he missed a league-high seven last season).