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2018 Jaguars Training Camp: Observations From Day 6

Zach Goodall



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After a strong offensive showing from Blake Bortles and Co. during Tuesday’s practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned to the field today for their sixth day of training camp.

Did Bortles repeat his strong, accurate performance from Tuesday? Who else stood out on the practice field? Let’s get to the observations.

Bortles has a down-day

To answer the question above: No, Bortles didn’t repeat his strong Tuesday showing. The defense had a great day as a unit, making big plays during the entirety of team drills. Two of those plays came back to back on Bortles, where cornerback A.J. Bouye intercepted him on a overthrown pass across the middle and once again on the outside on Bortles’ next rep.

Bortles went 7 for 17 on the day. His interception count in team drills through six days of camp is three, significantly lower than last year’s camp.

Cody Kessler went 8/15.

In his press conference, I asked Bortles how his relationship with left guard Andrew Norwell has come along since his signing:

Chark continues to impress

Bold prediction: D.J. Chark will be this team’s No. 1 receiver before the 2018 season is in the books.

After tracking his routes through four days of practice, Chark has continued to flash his development as a complete receiver. He’s making plays on all levels of the passing game, specifically on slant, post, and go routes. He had two receptions in team drills today, one by the fingertips on a deep ball from Kessler with cornerback Jalen Myrick in coverage.

However, Chark’s highlights came in one-on-one’s in the redzone. He beat cornerback Jalen Ramsey not once, but twice, once on a fade route:

And once on a clean slant route:

During his conference, Bortles said Chark has “gotten better and better every day… He’s obviously got the physical tools… He’s an open book, he learns as much as he can and takes in as much information as he can.”

Defense shines

On top of Bouye’s two interceptions off of Bortles, the Jaguars’ defense forced another two turnovers in team drills.

Undrafted cornerback Tre Herndon intercepted QB Tanner Lee in tight redzone drills on a pass to Allen Lazard across the middle of the endzone. Before that, it looked like the second team the linebacking corps forced a fumble on a run play. Cornerback A.J. Bouye has been impressed with Herndon, as well as Quenton Meeks, so far in camp:

Rookie safety Ronnie Harrison made a big-time, athletic pass breakup during the team’s redzone drills that had the entire secondary group up and cheering from the sidelines. During Bouye’s press conference, he said he felt the secondary started talking trash as soon as cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned to practice after the birth of his child.

Team tid-bits

-UDFA WR Allen Lazard had his second productive day in a row, rcording two catches in team drills. One was on a deep ball from Tanner Lee that Lazard had to cut off the cornerback and leap to grab. He’s starting to enter the mix for the sixth receiver battle.

-Speaking of the sixth receiver battle, don’t count out Shane Wynn. He’s been flashing his speed all camp, and he beat Tyler Patmon on two redzone one-on-one’s today:


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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