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2018 Jaguars Training Camp: Observations From 8/7

Zach Goodall

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Tyler Patmon (23) defends against wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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:

Team tid-bits

-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.

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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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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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Credit: 247Sports.com

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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