Jacksonville Jaguars depth chart: Offense adds three starters

One of the Jaguars' biggest offseason moves was to sign guard Andrew Norwell, improving a running game that was already formidable. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With free agency and the draft completed and OTAs and minicamps scheduled for the next month and a half, here's a closer look at the depth chart for the Jacksonville Jaguars (Note: Starters in bold):


Quarterback (3): Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler, Tanner Lee

The Jaguars have gone all-in with Bortles -- through 2019, anyway. They are expecting more growth in his second full season with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

Running back (4): Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant, Tommy Bohanon (FB)

After what he did as a receiver in the AFC Championship Game, Grant should be getting a bigger role on offense in 2018. He made his impact last season as a kick returner and on special teams (a fake punt for a TD).

Wide receiver (6): Marqise Lee, Donte Moncrief, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark, Jaydon Mickens

Moncrief and Chark are big receivers who can run, which the Jaguars hope will scare defenses enough to not continually stack the box to stop the run game. No team faced more eight-plus man boxes than the Jaguars did last season (145 snaps, 27.5 percent of their total carries).

Tight end (4): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Niles Paul, Ben Koyack, James O'Shaughnessy

Jaguars tight ends caught an NFL-low 43 passes last season. Seferian-Jenkins caught 50 with the New York Jets last season, but averaged only 7.1 yards per catch. The Jaguars are banking on Seferian-Jenkins being able to replace Marcedes Lewis as a blocker in the run game.

Tackle (4): Cam Robinson, Jermey Parnell, Will Richardson, Josh Wells

Richardson will compete with Parnell at right tackle and the Jaguars envision him eventually taking over as the starter (likely 2019). The team is excited to see Robinson after a year in the weight program.

Guard (3): Andrew Norwell, A.J. Cann, Chris Reed

The Jaguars made Norwell the highest-paid guard in NFL history in March when they gave him a five-year, $66.5 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. He pairs with Robinson on the left side.

Center (2): Brandon Linder, Tyler Shatley

Shatley has been a solid fill-in for Linder and also can play guard, which makes him one of the team's most valuable backups.


Cornerback (5): Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, D.J. Hayden, Tyler Patmon, Jaylen Myrick

Ramsey and Bouye are arguably the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. Both were Pro Bowlers and Ramsey was a first-team All-Pro last season.

Safety (6): Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson, Cody Davis, Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson, Don Carey

Harrison, the team's third-round pick, is best as a strong safety but the Jaguars use their safeties interchangeably so he'll get some free-safety work, too. Davis and Carey are good special-teams players.

Linebacker (5): Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Blair Brown, Lerentee McCray, Leon Jacobs

The Jaguars want Jack to be the full-time middle linebacker instead of playing strongside on early downs and moving to the middle in nickel. Brown is the starter at strongside for now.

Defensive line (8): Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler Jr., Dawuane Smoot, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan

This is the strongest position on the team with three Pro Bowlers (Campbell, Jackson, Ngakoue). It's a great situation for Bryan, the Jaguars' first-round pick. He'll play some, but he can spend the season learning from some of the game's top players.

Special teams

Punter (1): Logan Cooke

The Jaguars cut Brad Nortman last week.

Kicker (1): Josh Lambo

The Jaguars signed him on Oct. 17 and he made 19-of-20 field goals in the regular season and 4-of-4 in the postseason.

Long snapper (1): Carson Tinker

He missed the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL.

Kick returner: Grant

He averaged 24.9 yards per kickoff return last season.

Punt returner: Mickens, Marqise Lee, Westbrook

Mickens returned two punts for TDs last season.