Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Still Some Flux Appeal; Caldwell Says Jaguars' Roster Will Continue to Be Reshaped before Camp

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Still Some Flux Appeal; Caldwell Says Jaguars' Roster Will Continue to Be Reshaped before Camp

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Since late February, the Jaguars have made 68 roster moves, jettisoning veterans, signing a handful of free agents and adding players with little or no NFL experience.

And things are only getting started for general manager Dave Caldwell.

While expressing satisfaction at the rate of improvement during the offseason program, which concluded with a minicamp practice Thursday, Caldwell was quick to say the roster churn won't stop just because the players are starting a six-week vacation.

"I expect some more movement," he said. "I don't know where and at what position, but everybody will have ample opportunities to claim one of those positions.

"Our central theme is competition. Nothing is set at any position."

Established players with bigger contracts can rest relatively easy over the next month. But the bottom of the roster? Anything goes.

"There could be a wave of guys who are let go in training camp and they could come in and help us," Caldwell said.

The Jaguars will be in the No. 2 waiver spot (because of their 2-14 record last year) until the third week of the regular season, a luxury they've already used to claim New England castoffs Brandon Deaderick, Kyle Love and Mike Kafka.

That means when rosters are reduced from 90 players to 75 on Aug. 25 and from 75 to 53 on Aug. 31, the Jaguars will be in position to improve their roster.

Caldwell said he "absolutely" believes the Jaguars are better now than when they first convened two months ago. He wrapped up the offseason during a 25-minute session with reporters. The highlights:

On offense, Caldwell is "not opposed" to bringing all five quarterbacks to training camp; a "committee" of receivers, including Ace Sanders, Mohamed Massaquoi and Mike Brown, will help replace suspended Justin Blackmon for the opening four games; and the "plan" is to have running back Maurice Jones-Drew available when the pads are donned in late July.

The Jaguars will enter the summer without a stated starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne. And when will that announcement be made?

"Probably when it presents itself," Caldwell said. …

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