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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 finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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