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2019 Jaguars NFL Draft Profile: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

Ruairi Songer

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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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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

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Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

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Credit: DallasCowboys.com

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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