2018 Jacksonville Jaguars starters, 53-man roster, schedule prediction

Blake Bortles and the Jags open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 at the Giants. AP Photo/John Raoux

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars roster heading into the 2018 season (starters in bold):

QUARTERBACK (2): Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler

Bortles completed 67 percent of his passes in the preseason but also threw three interceptions. Overall though, he had a very good camp. Kessler grabbed control of the backup job pretty quickly. Sixth-round pick Tanner Lee ended up on the practice squad.

RUNNING BACK (3): Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant

Fournette seems to be poised for a big season: He’s slimmer, knows the offense better, and should be more involved in the pass game in his second season. The Jaguars used a combination of two of the three on the field at the same time a lot in the preseason and that’s something the Jaguars didn’t exploit last season. It should mean more work for Grant, who got only 33 touches in the regular season in 2017.

FULLBACK (1): Tommy Bohanon

Have to keep a fullback if the Jaguars want to be the power-run offense.

WIDE RECEIVER (6): Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark, Jaydon Mickens, Rashad Greene.

Losing Marqise Lee for the season because of a knee injury is a significant blow, because he was the team's most experienced (171 catches) and best blocking receiver. That opened the door for Greene, though. Cole had just one catch in the preseason, but he should be the team's top receiver by the end of the season.

TIGHT END (3): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, James O'Shaughnessy, Niles Paul

Seferian-Jenkins should be a more consistent part of the pass game than what the Jaguars have gotten over the past several seasons. With Ben Koyack being waived/injured, Seferian-Jenkins is also the team's best blocking tight end. Paul will see most of his play time on special teams, though he can be used in an H-back role.

OFFENSIVE LINE (10): Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, Chris Reed, Josh Wells, Josh Walker

Keeping 10 was a bit of a surprise, but that might be due to the knee injury that Linder suffered in the second preseason game. Shatley has started eight games at center or guard the past two seasons, and he'd take Linder's place in the starting lineup. Walker split time with Cann during the spring at right guard, but Cann was impressive during training camp. Wells makes the team because he's the only reserve who can play left tackle.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10): Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick Ngakoue, Michael Bennett, Abry Jones, Lerentee McCray, Taven Bryan, Eli Ankou, Dawuane Smoot

Defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. is suspended for the season opener, so when he returns one of the players that made the roster will have to go. This is by far the most talented position on the team. Three of the team's six Pro Bowlers in 2017 were defensive linemen (Campell, Jackson and Ngakoue) and Dareus is a former Pro Bowler and has been impressive in camp. Ngakoue appears headed for a monster season after compiling 20 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in his first two seasons.

LINEBACKER (5): Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Leon Jacobs, Blair Brown, Donald Payne

The depth behind the three starters is a concern, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Jaguars pluck a player or two from the roster cuts around the league. Jacobs, one of the team's two seventh-round picks, has been a pleasant surprise and has been the starter at strongside linebacker since camp opened. McCray also can play there if needed.

CORNERBACK (5): Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Tyler Patmon, D.J. Hayden, Tre Herndon

Hard to find a more talented corner duo than Ramsey and Bouye. Everyone is making a big deal of the impending Ramsey-Odell Beckham, Jr., matchup in Week 1, but Bouye will line up against Beckham, too -- and it should every bit as entertaining. Herndon was the only undrafted rookie to make the team.

SAFETY (5): Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson, Ronnie Harrison, Cody Davis, Jarrod Wilson

Davis is one of the core special teams players, which is why the Jaguars kept five safeties. After Jacobs, Harrison was the most impressive draft pick. He'll likely take over as a starter in 2019. Wilson has been a reliable reserve and special teams player.

SPECIALISTS (3): Logan Cooke, Josh Lambo, Carson Tinker

Lambo has missed only one field goal in the regular season and playoffs since he joined the team on Oct. 17 (23 of 24).