The Jacksonville Jaguars have a massive test ahead of them when they open their 2019 season on Sunday vs the Kansas City Chiefs and reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. Before that test though, a few starting positions still have to be cleared up.
Jacksonville painted an unofficial picture of what a few of those positions may end up looking like against the Chiefs. The initial depth chart came with few surprises and obviously nothing is set in stone, but let's take a look at where things stand today.
Wide receiver: 12 Dede Westbrook--18 Chris Conley--84 Keelan Cole.
Left tackle: 74 Cam Robinson--77 Cedric Ogbuehi.
Left guard: 68 Andrew Norwell--70 Brandon Thomas
Center: 65 Brandon Linder--69 Tyler Shatley
Right guard: 60 A.J. Cann/76 Will Richardson Jr.
Right tackle: 75 Jawaan Taylor
Tight end: 87 Geoff Swaim--89 Josh Oliver
Wide receiver: 11 Marqise Lee 17--DJ Chark Jr.--16 C.J. Board
Quarterback: 7 Nick Foles--15 Gardner Minshew
Running back: 27 Leonard Fournette--23 Ryquell Armstead--24 Tyler Ervin/33 Devine Ozigbo
Tight end: 80 James O’Shaughnessy--88 Seth DeValve
Defensive end: 91 Yannick Ngakoue--41 Josh Allen--55 Lerentee McCray
Nose tackle: 95 Abry Jones--98 Dontavius Russell
Defensive tackle (three-technique): 99 Marcell Dareus--90 Taven Bryan
Defensive end: 93 Calais Campbell--94 Dawuane Smoot
Will linebacker: 56 Quincy Williams--57 D.J. Alexander
Middle linebacker: 44 Myles Jack--52 Najee Goode
Sam linebacker:48 Leon Jacobs--43 Joe Giles-Harris
Cornerback: 20 Jalen Ramsey--25 D.J. Hayden--31 Breon Borders
Free safety: 26 Jarrod Wilson--42 Andrew Wingard
Strong safety: 36 Ronnie Harrison--22 Cody Davis
Cornerback: 21 A.J. Bouye--37 Tre Herndon--29 Josh Robinson
Kicker: 4 Josh Lambo
Punter: 9 Logan Cooke
Holder: 9 Logan Cooke
Long snapper: 46 Matthew Orzech
Punter returner: 12 Dede Westbrook/24 Tyler Ervin--11 Marqise Lee--29 Josh Robinson
Kick returner: 17 DJ Chark Jr./24 Tyler Ervin--11 Marqise Lee--84 Keelan Cole
- It is not surprising to see Will Richardson and A.J. Cann listed as co-starters at right guard at this point in the week. Look for head coach Doug Marrone to make a call here closer to game day, but our prediction is that Will Richardson will start Sunday.
- Keelan Cole is a bit buried on the unofficial depth chart. He is listed as a third-team receiver with C.J. Board, which makes sense since it is clear Chris Conley and D.J. Chark have leapfrogged him during training camp. But maybe most surprising is to see him already listed behind newcomer Tyler Ervin as kick returner after Cole was featured as a special teams returner throughout the preseason
- Taven Bryan not being listed as a starter unofficially isn't surprising, though it is hard to envision it is what the Jaguars hoped would happen when they released Malik Jackson. Bryan has had more negative plays than positive ones in the preseason, making it a bit of a necessity that the Jaguars lean on more dependable veterans like Marcell Dareus and Abry Jones instead.