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2018 Jaguars Training Camp: D.J. Chark’s Development Is Evident

Zach Goodall



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The Jaguars wide receiver room entered training camp this year looking much different compared to year’s past. With Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns moving on to Chicago and Dallas, respectively, it’s up to veterans Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, and Dede Westbrook as well as new faces Donte Moncrief and rookie D.J. Chark to fill the void they left.

If training camp is an indicator, D.J. Chark is quickly developing into what could be the Jaguars’ most dynamic receiver.

The second round pick this year was far from a completed project coming out of Louisiana State. He entered the NFL with technique that needed polishing and an under-developed route tree that would need to be shaped up as he got used to the speed of the professional game.

Chark appears to be handling that speed quite well, and Jaguars’ receivers coach Keenan McCardell seems to polishing up Chark’s game just fine.

On my count, D.J Chark has hauled in nine receptions, with five coming on day four of camp. Based on my charting, Chark has made a reception on three slant routes, one screen, one curl, a post, a corner, and two go-routes.

In his first one-on-one drill today, Chark beat All-Pro cornerback A.J. Bouye on a comeback route as well, and he made it look easy. He was able to quickly create separation with a clean hip-sink into his turn. This was one of his more impressive moments of camp, especially considering his competitor across the line of scrimmage.

Chark has displayed clean breaks in his short routes, which was something he drastically needed to improve on from his time at LSU. That’s been evident by his yards after catch on slant routes, as he’s had the spacing to turn and run after securing the pass.

His deep routes remain his strong suit. Both go-routes have been covered well, and Chark has brought both passes in. One hit him in stride with cornerback D.J. Hayden in coverage that Chark used his long speed to take in for a touchdown post-catch, and the other he adjusted well to on the sideline and caught before falling out of bounds. He was able to keep the play alive after the catch on both his post and corner receptions.

D.J. Chark has begun to receive some reps with the first team, deservedly so. He’s looked like the most complete receiver on the field so far in terms of route variance, which is a pleasnt surprise for the young project-style receiver.

I said in his scouting report that D.J. Chark is the type of project receiver that WR coaches salivate over. So far, the former legendary Jaguars receiver-turned-coach McCardell is proving to the team that they made a great hire in brining him back, as seen by Chark’s quick development.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.

The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.


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Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin

Zach Goodall



Oct 21, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and forces a fumble during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.

Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.

And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.

“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”

In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.

“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.


In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.

And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.

Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.

Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”

The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.

This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.

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Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB

Zach Goodall



Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”

This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.

Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.

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