Today marks the final practice for the Jacksonville Jaguars before preseason action gets underway, with the New Orleans Saints’ marching in to TIAA Bank Field at 7 P.M. on Thursday Night. The game will be available on CBS47 and FOX30 in Jacksonville, as well as streamed on www.jaguars.com/live as a part of the Jaguars’ new streaming partnerhsip with Universal Orlando Resorts.
The practice was short, ending about 30 minutes early. On my count, quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler threw a total of 12 passes. The NFL Network team was broadcasting live from the practice facility.
How did the team look on the practice fields today? Who stood out? Let’s get to the observations.
Quarterbacks have a small workload
As I mentioned before, Bortles and Kessler combined for 12 throws. Most of which came in the underneath game.
Bortles went 6-7 with an interception to Jalen Ramsey on a deep ball near the sideline to receiver Donte Moncrief. Other than that, Bortles was sharp, making well-timed checkdowns to the running backs and had some nice throws during 7 v. 7 drills.
Kessler went 5-6 on the day, with his lone incompletion being a throwaway. He had another throwaway that wasn’t counted against him, as the play was blown dead on what would have been a sack by linebacker Donald Payne.
Tyler Patmon at nickel cornerback
Despite signing D.J. Hayden to a three year, $19 million contract in March to handle nickel cornerback duties, it appears that he doesn’t have the job locked up just yet.
Tyler Patmon, the two year training camp commodity with eight interceptions during last year’s camp and several flashy plays this year, took first team reps at the position today. While Ramsey was tending to the birth of hi child at the start of camp, Patmon handled first team duties outside, and it seems as if the team isn’t ready to make Patmon a backup just yet.
Defensive coordinator Todd Wash mentioned that Patmon, as well as undrafted corner Tre Herndon, are both taking reps and competing for the position in his press conference yesterday, but that “D.J. [Hayden] has had a great [camp] once we got the pads on.” We will see how this position battle plays out as the preseason goes on.
Ramsey records highlight play of Jags camp
Ramsey’ interception on Bortles during team drills has been deemed the highlight play of all of Jaguars’ training camp thus far by the media.
Ramsey maintained tight coverage on Moncrief down the sideline, and leapt up to come in between Moncrief and the ball. He swatted it away and managed to haul it back in as he fell to the turf, while Moncrief remained hooked on Ramsey’s arm. Moncrief told ESPN’s Michael DiRocco “That’s a play that most cornerbacks can’t make”.
Here is the team’s video of the interception:
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-WR DeAndre Smelter, DT Eli Ankou, LB Brooks Ellis, and DE Taven Bryan didn’t practice today, and DE Calais Campbell worked on the side in pads. Bryan is being considered “day-to-day” with an abdomen injury, per head coach Doug Marrone.
-Marrone was vocally supportive of right guard A.J. Cann during his press conference today, mentioning that Cann’s technique is much improved heading into his fourth year with the team. While Marrone mentioed there is still room for improvement, he thinks Cann has done a good job so far in camp.
-QB Tanner Lee has seemingly cut down on turnovers, throwing zero interceptions for the third day in a row. He had two great passes deep down the sideline in team drills.
Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca
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.
We have promoted rookie LB @N_DeLuca49 to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad.
To make room on the roster, we released 11th-year RB Jamaal Charles. pic.twitter.com/OmiHd2wtvZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 22, 2018
Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin
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.
Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB
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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