Jacksonville Jaguars Roster Breakdown in 2020
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ depth chart isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread — I get that. At the same time, I don’t think it’s nearly as depleted as the general public perceives it to be.
If Gardner Minshew continues on the trajectory he was on as a rookie, we could be talking about the Jags in late December when the AFC Playoff picture sorts itself out.
On the flip side, it’ll be a long and exhausting year in northeast Florida if the second-year signal-caller plays how you would expect a 24-year-old sixth-round pick to perform.
Let’s break down the Jacksonville Jaguars’ depth chart and start getting familiar with Minshew’s supporting cast.
*Names in bold denotes player is a starter
Jaguars Quarterback Depth Chart
Set aside his bravado and his mustache for a second and zero in on his production. 21 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions (in 12 starts) were more than enough for David Caldwell to close the chapter on Nick Foles.
The keys of the Jaguars franchise have officially been handed over to Gardner Minshew.
Oregon State rookie Jake Luton was drafted in 2020 to compete for the backup job, although that role will now belong to Mike Glennon after he was inked in May.
Jaguars Running Back Depth Chart
|Connor Slomka (FB)|
After catching 76 balls and rushing for over 1,150 yards, Leonard Fournette squeaked into the top 10 of my fantasy football RB rankings. The speed and agility Leonard possesses as a 230-pound running back are simply off the charts.
Nonetheless, it’s likely Fournette’s receiving numbers take a bit of a hit now that Chris Thompson has joined the team, especially considering the rapport already established between Thompson and Jay Gruden.
Jaguars Wide Receiver Depth Chart
|Laviska Shenault Jr.|
The Jags’ passing attack can’t compete with the likes of Kansas City or Tampa Bay, but this is an underrated receiving corps that got a lot “bigger” during the draft. Laviska Shenault Jr. (6’4”) and Collin Johnson (6’6”) will push for playing time early, and both will be highlighted in the red zone.
Of course, D.J. Chark is another 6’4” wideout who has already proven he’s the real deal thanks to catching 8 touchdowns and going over 1,000 receiving yards in 2019.
Jaguars Tight End Depth Chart
Doug Marrone isn’t counting on Tyler Eifert to replicate his 13-TD output from 2015. However, 6-8 TD grabs from the former Cincinnati tight end is well within the cards.
Eifert has a trusty pair of hands and can utilize his massive frame (6’6”, 255 pounds) when the Jags push the ball deep into their opponent’s territory.
2019 third-round pick Josh Oliver is in line to see a decent chunk of snaps after only playing in three games as a rookie.
Jaguars Offensive Line Depth Chart
|Left Tackle||Cam Robinson||Ryan Pope||Austen Pleasants|
|Left Guard||Andrew Norwell||Tyler Shatley||Ben Bartch|
|Center||Brandon Lindor||Tyler Gauthier|
|Right Guard||A.J. Cann||Will Richardson Jr.||KC McDermott|
|Right Tackle||Jawaan Taylor||Blake Hance||Steven Nielsen|
The offensive line in Jacksonville doesn’t jump off the page, but it’s worth noting that all five starters return. And it’s a more reliable group than you probably realized.
Brandon Linder is returning value on the $51.7 million extension he signed back in 2017. Jawaan Taylor is coming off a terrific first year in which he was named to the 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team, while Andrew Norwell is still one of the top guards in the league.
Jaguars Defensive Line Depth Chart
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle|
|Josh Allen||Abry Jones|
|Yannick Ngakoue||Taven Bryan|
|Al Woods||Davon Hamilton|
|Dawuane Smoot||Rodney Gunter|
|Lerentee McCray||Dontavius Russell|
|Cassius Marsh||Doug Costin|
Whether Yannick Ngakoue and the JAX front office can get on the same page in time for the start of the season remains to be seen. The Jaguars depth chart in 2020 is already missing Calais Campbell after trading him to Baltimore, and they can’t just clone another Josh Allen.
The 7th overall pick in 2019 led all rookies with 11.5 sacks and was recognized as a Pro Bowler.
Davon Hamilton was plucked early in round three to add depth to what is a fairly shoddy interior.
Jaguars Linebacker Depth Chart
|Position||Starter||Backup||Third String||Fourth String|
|SLB||K’Lavon Chaisson||Leon Jacobs||Nate Evans||Aaron Lynch|
|MLB||Joe Schobert||Shaquille Quarterman||Joe Giles-Harris|
|WLB||Myles Jack||Quincy Williams||Dakota Allen|
The most glaring difference on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ depth chart in 2020 is the upgrades in the middle level of the defense.
Few middle linebackers cover as much ground as Joe Schobert, and K’Lavon Chaisson is a highly touted edge rusher from LSU who plugs right into the starting lineup. The attention this pair will demand should clear avenues for the “Jack of All Trades” to fully blossom as an attacking linebacker.
As long as this trio of backers stays healthy, I suspect we’ll see a dramatically improved D in the First Coast.
Jaguars Cornerback Depth Chart
Talk about a positional overhaul, this portion of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster looks nothing like it did 12 months ago.
Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye are out, and in comes C.J. Henderson and Rashaan Melvin to replace them.
Henderson was targeted with the 13th pick in April’s draft, although he’s not the only rookie CB who has an opportunity to shine. Chris Claybrooks, Josiah Scott, and Kobe Williams can all play, but Luq Barcoo is the guy I have my eye on.
Jaguars Safety Depth Chart
Jarrod Wilson played every single defensive snap last year for DC Todd Walsh — all 1,051 of them. The Jags’ free safety is joined by Ronnie Harrison — a 23-year-old strong safety who was educated by Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa.
The more pressure the front seven can apply on the quarterback, the more explosive this duo will become.
Jaguars Special Teams Depth Chart
- Kicker: Josh Lambo
- Punter: Logan Cooke
- Long Snapper: Mat Orzech
- Holder: Logan Cooke
- Punt Returner: Dede Westbrook
- Kick Returner: Dede Westbrook
Most people don’t pay much attention to placekickers in Jacksonville, but let’s pay Josh Lambo the ultimate respect that he deserves. My favorite sleeper kicker for fantasy football isn’t really a sleeper — except for the fact that he plays for the Jaguars and nobody pays attention!
The fact of the matter is Josh converted 33 of 34 attempts in 2019, which includes going 4-4 from beyond 50 yards.
Jaguars Roster Analysis
- Grade: B-
The offensive line is better than people think, and the linebacking core is among the best in the NFL. I’m a believer in Gardner Minshew and a huge fan of Laviska Shenault, so it’s possible I’m being overly bullish on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ depth chart.
But maybe I’m not.
The weapons on offense were scarce to begin with, and that’s before this team had to deal with distractions from a prima donna cornerback. And despite being forced to throw in the towel on a QB they guaranteed over $50 million, they still managed to win six games.
After accounting for all of the pieces in place on the Jaguars’ roster, are you ready to buy stock in 2020?
Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020
There are a couple of interesting wagers that offer value for those of you looking to bet on the Jaguars in 2020.
Don’t go off the wall and start backing JAX to win Super Bowl 55, but instead, take a look at the Jags’ win total projection and playoff odds.
You might just see something you really like.