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2018 Jaguars Training Camp: Observations From Day 5

Zach Goodall



Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey - CREDIT: Zach Goodall (Locked On Jaguars)

The Jacksonville Jaguars returned to the practice fields for training camp a little later than usual today, pushing practice to a 2:30 P.M. start time in result of a slew of injuries that caused the front office to add a couple of new faces to the roster.

Former Florida Gators tight end DeAndre Goolsby signed with the team in result of Niles Paul suffering an undisclosed injury. The team also signed OL Michael Dunn with OL Brandon Thomas being waived/injured.

Long snapper Andrew East was released in accordance to the Goolsby signing. Head coach Doug Marrone said he felt Carson Tinker was comfortable enough to resume full-time long snapping duties after his 2017 ACL year during his press conference.

On top of all this, All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned to practice today after the birth of his child. According to Marrone, Raamsey was originally supposed to ease into practice, but he was with the first team for the majority of drills.

How did the rest of the team look during the afternoon practice? Let’s get to the observations.

Bortles, Kessler have their best days so far

The headliners of the quarterback group had their best practices to date. Starting QB Blake Bortles was accurate from start to finish, going 15 of 18 with two touchdowns in the redzone to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Keelan Cole. Another highlight throw came from Bortles to receiver Jaydon Mickens on a skinny corner route, where Bortles put perfect touch on the ball and led a wide open Mickens on the pretty pass.

Kessler had himself a day as well, going 8-12 with two touchdowns with one coming in the redzone. His first TD came on a sharp post in the redzone to WR D.J. Chark, who was jammed near the line but fought through it and found space to get open. Kessler’s second TD came with pressure from defensive end Hunter Dimick, where he stepped up and launched a ball that WR Rashad Greene made a leaping grab on, for six.

Ramsey has a flashy first day back

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey made his return to Jacksonville today and attended his first training camp practice since the birth of his daughter this month, and he made the most of his playing time. Coach Doug Marrone intended on “easing” Ramsey back into things, but the cornerback took first team reps throughout the day.

In team drills, Ramsey seemed up to speed. Below, you can see him breaking up a pass against receiver Dede Westbrook:

Ramsey also kept D.J. Chark in check on a 7 v. 7. rep later on:

After the conclusion of practice, Ramsey met with the media to discuss his return to the Jaguars as well as the adjustment of becoming a father and immediately getting back to football. My favorite part of his conference is summed up below:

Welcome back, King Ramsey.

Several receivers make impressive grabs

-D.J. Chark hauled in his fourth slant reception of camp so far, creating quick separation off the line and going full extension to make a diving catch on a pass from Kessler.

-Rashad Greene’s touchdown catch from Kessler was a perfect play to end practice on. The pass was made with pressure collapsing Kessler’s pocket and Greene went up and over cornerback Tre Herndon for the touchdown grab.

-Keelan Cole made two impressive catches today. One was a spectacular one-handed grab on a redzone pass from Bortles. Cole was called out of bounds as the ball wasn’t placed perfectly, but the snatch was nothing short of spectacular. Cole’s other impressive catch was off of a batted pass intended for Dede Westbrook, where the ball went flying into the air and Cole spun 180 degrees to grab the ball out of the air.

-Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins made his first touchdown catch of camp, with a toe-tapper in the back of the endzone on a ball from Bortles.

Team tid-bits

-The injury bug is making it’s way around the team. DE Yannick Ngakoue missed practice after he was poked in the eye yesterday during practice. WRs Marqise Lee (shoulder) and Donte Moncrief (ankle) worked on the sides for the second day in a row. LB Telvin Smith missed practice for undisclosed personal reasons.

-I asked Marrone during his conference how rookie punter Logan Cooke is responding to the pressure of not only punting, but kickoff duties and the artificial crowd noise during yesterday’s special teams drills. Marrone said that while the noise wasn’t specifically for the punter and rather for communication up front, but that Cooke “is coming along really well. Obviously, we have a ways to go, but he [Cooke] is working hard. He is doing a nice job.”

-LB Blair Brown filled in at weak-side linebacker in place of Smith. Yesterday, rather than continuing to compete at strong-side LB, Brown was the second team WILL. It appears his time competing for the SAM position is over, as rookie Leon Jacobs has worked with the first team evey day so far at the position. Marrone said during his conference that the team likes Brown off the ball, whereas the SAM position plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

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

Zach Goodall



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

Zach Goodall




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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