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2019 Jaguars NFL Draft Profile: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

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Dec 1, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) runs during the game against the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars wide receivers have been a disappointment so far this season. Keelan Cole and D.J. Chark have been non-factors, while Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief just look average. Although these woes can be partially attributed to the struggling Blake Bortles, there is still plenty of room for improvement in the Jaguars wide receiver room. Luckily for the Jaguars, the 2019 NFL Draft holds plenty of talent at wide receiver, including speedster Marquise “Hollywood” Brown out of Oklahoma.

Cousin of NFL All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown, Brown has shined for two seasons at OU after a year of JUCO football at College of the Canyons in Southern California, despite being born, raised, and playing high school ball in Hollywood, Florida – the origin of his nickname. While in JUCO, where there are no scholarships for athletes, Brown spent his time outside of school and football working at Six Flags Magic Mountain to pay for school.

Brown has amassed 2,359 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons at Oklahoma, thanks to his blazing speed and exceptional agility.

Many pundits will argue that Brown is not an NFL talent, citing his reliance on his speed to create separation or his small frame (5″9, 170lbs). But after an incredible regular-season finale against West Virginia, “Hollywood” deserves consideration as an early-round NFL prospect.

Strengths:

Brown’s most obvious asset is his speed, unofficially clocking a 4.33 40-yard dash. In the clip below, Hollywood beats the defense by several steps, slows down a bit to track down an under-thrown pass, and still out-runs his defenders for the touchdown.

You’ll see this quite a bit from Hollywood. Nothing fancy in terms of route-running, simply running by the defender in front of him. Here he lines up in the slot against Iowa state and does it again.

But speed isn’t the only aspect of his game. Brown may not be the most polished route runner in the class, but he’s much more advanced than he’s given credit for. Here he uses a simple stutter move to get the safety to bite, then separates in the endzone for the easy touchdown.

Brown is undersized for NFL standards, so he uses creativity to avoid unfavorable matchups at the line. In the clip below, West Virginia is playing man coverage close to the line. Brown uses a slight hesitation move after the release and breezes by the defender with minimal contact. Once he gets open, he does an excellent job of tracking down the ball for the big gain.

Another impressive quality from Hollywood is his agility and balance. He is elusive and can change his direction on a dime. He can also keep his balance through errant tackling attempts by defenders, despite his small stature. He shows both in the following clip, breaking two tackles and juking out a defender.

One of the most impressive plays I saw from Hollywood this season was against Texas in the BIG 12 Championship against Texas. In this play, Brown lines up against one of the most physical and intimidating corners in college football: Kris Boyd. Brown uses some very nifty footwork to spin Boyd around, and bursts out of the breakpoint to create considerable separation.

Here Brown sells Boyd on an inside slant, then makes a gorgeous crisp cut to push vertical towards the endzone. This play should’ve been an easy touchdown, but Boyd senses himself getting beat and drags Brown down by the facemask.

Weaknesses: 

As previously mentioned, Brown doesn’t have ideal size (5″9 170 on a good day). This puts him at a disadvantage in contested ball situations and physical press coverage situations.

Fit with the Jaguars:

Overall, I think Hollywood is special – a deadly combination of quickness, agility, route-running and speed. But does he fit with the Jaguars? No. Not with the current anemic state of the Jaguars offense.

The good news?

The Jaguars are due for an offensive makeover.  If the Jaguars opt to upgrade at quarterback in the first round (see: Haskins, Grier), the offense will get an immediate boost. Coupled with a decent new offensive coordinator, Hollywood would be an ideal 2nd round target. If utilized correctly, Hollywood Brown could realistically be the Jaguars version of Tyreek Hill – a premier deep threat and versatile gadget player.

Ruairi Songer is a lifelong Jags fan and Duval native. You can follow him on Twitter (@ruairi_s) for Jags news, Draft information, and off-season updates.

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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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