When narrowing down their rosters, teams always choose what they think are the top 53 players. In the case of the Jacksonville Jaguars, it must have been a bit difficult. After all, they spent the offseason improving the roster.
Keep in mind that teams always make moves. Shortly after establishing the 53-man roster, the Jags released EDGE defenseman Aaron Patrick, who originally made the cut, and claimed wide receiver Tyrod Johnson out of waivers.
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The flip side was that there were a few players who didn’t have to be part of the Jaguars’ 53-man roster. These five players could turn out to be strong contributors in the 2021 season, but they haven’t shown enough to believe they will.
Jaguars player who shouldn’t have made the # 1 list – Adam Gotsis
Head coach Urban Meyer said earlier this year that overhauling the Jaguars’ defensive front was a priority. True to their word, the team signed Roy Robertson-Harris and Jihad Ward in free agency. Later in the draft, they picked Jordan Smith, but it wasn’t that. Jacksonville also brought back Dawuane Smoot and Adam Gotsis.
It wasn’t surprising to see the Jags guard Smoot. After all, he was the team’s best passing thrower of 2020, posting a record 5.5 sacks. On the other hand, it was a bit confusing to keep Gotsis as well. Sure, the 2016 second-round selection appeared in all 16 games and made 14 starts last season, but didn’t really make a difference. He finished the year with 37 total tackles, one forced fumble and four tackles for a loss.
Throughout his five-year career, Gotsis has failed to show that he is more than a rotational player. The Jaguars might have done better to keep a player with more potential and a higher cap.