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2018 Jacksonville Jaguars Rookie Class Projections

Demetrius Harvey



Jun 14, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Myrick (31) blocks the ball from wide receiver D.J. Chark (17) during mini camp at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ entire 2018 NFL draft class is officially under contract and has reported to training camp. The last signee, defensive lineman and first round pick Taven Bryan, signed a 4-year $10.2 million deal with a $5.5 million signing bonus.

With the rookies officially reporting to camp, let’s look to the future and project how each rookies’ first season in Jacksonville will play out.

1st round: Taven Bryan, DE/DT  Selected 29th overall, Bryan, while not expected to start, is expected to receive a solid amount of snaps, especially deep into the season. Bryan is expected to one day take over at either the 5-tech defensive end position for Calais Campbell or the 3-tech defensive tackle position for Malik Jackson, so expect to see him back those two up and get some playing time at both positions in relief of the starters.

I expect Taven Bryan to have a year like Tyson Alualu’s rookie season. Alualu accounted for 38 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one defended pass. While these numbers do not pop off the page, they are a fair benchmark for someone who will be learning a ton of new responsibilities on the defensive line.

2nd round: D.J Chark, WR Chark was selected with the idea to create a vertical threat to open the run game for Leonard Fournette and the Jaguars offense.  He posted a 4.34 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine and lit up the Senior Bowl, hauling in five receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown.

The Jaguars are hoping to have drafted a steal in the second round and will use him early and often. As far as projections, I could see Chark having a similar rookie campaign to Keelan Cole who posted 42 catches, 748 yards, and three touchdowns depending on how often he is used.

3rd round: Ronnie Harrison, safety Harrison was selected to eventually take over the starting strong safety position from 30-year-old Barry Church. While Church is only entering the second year of his deal, Harrison has the ability to take snaps from Church as the year goes on.

For his rookie season projection, he will most likely rotate in as the 3rd safety as more of a run-stopping presence/nickel linebacker role as well as play on special teams. As far as statistical projections, he should be expected to have around 30 tackles and a few pass deflections.

4th round: Will Richardson, OL Richardson was brought in to add depth and competition at right tackle, as well as potentially competing with AJ Cann for the starting right guard position. As far as 2018 projections, he more than likely will simply be the swing tackle in case Parnell goes down but could eventually become the starter down the line.

6th round: Tanner Lee, QB Lee was selected to compete for the backup QB position with Cody Kessler, who was traded to the Jaguars from the Browns prior to the draft. Lee was not a highly touted QB coming out of Nebraska, known for poor decision making and being turnover prone, throwing 37 interceptions in three years.

As far as projections for this season, he is not expected to have a spot on the active roster, and could be cut before the season even starts. I still expect him to at least make the practice squad as the Jaguars really like his arm talent.

7th round: Leon Jacobs, LB Jacobs is projected to be the backup strong-side linebacker for his rookie campaign, a position that doesn’t see the field much in this Jaguars’ nickel-heavy defense in the first place. He will not be expected to do much on defense as most of his time will be participating in special teams. However, he will be an interesting player to watch during training camp in a week or so.

7th round: Logan Cooke, P Cooke was the Jaguars final pick in the 2018 NFL draft and is not talked about too much, however, he will be a key component to the Jaguars success. Last year’s punter, Brad Nortman, was very inconsistent last season, which led to his release shortly after Cooke was drafted. Cooke will take over the starting punter job and look to flip the field for the Jaguars for years to come.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:


WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable


LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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