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2019 NFL Draft: Jaguars pre-draft visits and workouts tracker

Zach Goodall



Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (65) blocks against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at EverBank Field. Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL Draft being only a couple of weeks away, pre-draft visits and workouts are in full swing. Teams are granted 30 visits with prospects at team facilities, where players can meet with team brass, workout on the field, and talk football.

As we collect who the Jaguars are hosting for their top-30 visits, we will update this blog with each report and provide some info on each prospect. Make sure to bookmark this article and keep checking in!

Note: Top-30 visits don’t necessarily reflect team big boards. Teams hosts players that could go top 5, undrafted, and anywhere in between.

Jaguars top-30 visits tracker (UPDATED: 4/21/19 11:40 A.M.)

Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama, 6-4 1/2, 302, testing scores

The Jaguars hosted Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams for a top 30 visit before the top-30 visit deadline, according to a report from ESPN. Williams started 44 games over three seasons for the Crimson Tide, earning SEC All-Freshman honors in 2016 as the starting right tackle, opposite of now-Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson. Since, Williams has earned numerous All-American and All-SEC honors at left tackle. Some analysts believe his 33 5/8″ arms translate better to guard rather than tackle at the next level, but I believe he’s fully capable of playing both inside and outside due to his on-tape athleticism and technique.

Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tackle Jonah Williams (73) blocks against Clemson Tigers defensive end Austin Bryant (7) during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Davis, OL, UNC-Charlotte, 6-3 1/4, 316, testing scores

The Jaguars have hosted UNC-Charlotte offensive lineman Nate Davis for a top-30 visit, per source. Davis started 37 games for the UNCC 49ers and earned a 2019 Senior Bowl invite, after posting a Pro Football Focus pass blocking grade of 85.1 as a redshirt senior in 2018. While having experience at both guard and tackle in college, Davis projects to strictly play inside at guard at the next level due to his size.

Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; North offensive guard Nate Davis of Charlotte (64) before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Dillard, tackle, Washington State, 6-5, 315, testing scores

Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars have either hosted or worked out Washington State left tackle and projected first round pick Andre Dillard. The stand-out pass protector started 39 straight games in three years at WSU, allowing just one sack on 677 pass snaps in 2018.

Dillard doesn’t quite meet the team’s length thresholds at tackle, but is a standout player worth looking into considering his skill-set and availability in college. He participated in the 2019 Senior Bowl. We won’t count this report against the Jaguars 30 visits count just yet, due to the wording of Schefter’s report making it unclear if Dillard has visited the facility. But the team’s interest in Dillard is worth reporting.

Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State, 5-8, 200, testing scores

Source tells Locked On Jaguars that Utah State running back Darwin Thompson is visiting the Jaguars today. The speedster recorded 153 carries for 1044 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns in hsis one season at Utah State, following his time in junior college. He added 23 receptions for 351 yards (15.3) and two touchdowns in the passing game. Thompson would fill the role Corey Grant served in Jacksonville, should the Jaguars select him in the NFL Draft.

Dec 15, 2018; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Utah State Aggies running back Darwin Thompson (5) jumps over North Texas Mean Green safety Khairi Muhammad (4) during the first half at Dreamstyle Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa, 6-4 1/8, 249, testing scores

Sources tell Locked On Jaguars that Jacksonville has hosted University of Iowa tight end Noah Fant for a top 30 visit. The former Hawkeye is viewed as a first round prospect, along side his former teammate T.J. Hockenson. In three years at Iowa, Fant recorded 78 catches for 1083 yards and 19 touchdowns. Fant also is a polished blocker in-space, although he has some work to do when playing in-line. However, his dynamic athletic ability provides promise that he can be a great all-around TE at the NFL level.

Sep 22, 2018; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Noah Fant (87) reacts after a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State, 6-4 5/8, 249, testing scores

The Jaguars have hosted another widely-considered Day 2 tight end prospect in San Jose State product Josh Oliver. Oliver, who converted to tight end as a freshman from pass rusher due to injuries at the TE position, is now a true receiving threat who posted 98 receptions for 1067 yards and seven touchdowns in his career since the transition.

Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama, 6-3, 303, testing scores

One of the best football players in the 2019 NFL draft will be visiting the Jaguars today according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Quinnen Williams is one of the most athletic defensive tackles in the draft. Williams entered the draft after his redshirt sophomore season where he accounted for 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks on the season. Easily one of the most powerful and athletic defense line players in the draft Williams would instantly become a staple in the Jaguars defense if they should be lucky enough to have him fall in their laps.

Jeff Smith, WR, Boston College, 6-0, 191, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting another offensive-skill player in Boston College wide receiver Jeff Smith, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. Auman reports that Smith’s visit will last two days. Smith put up 136 catches for 902 yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons at Boston College.

Smith ran a 4.36 40 yard dash at his Pro Day, which help produce an elite relative athletic score. Jacksonville has shown interest in multiple Boston College prospects, meeting with tackle Aaron Monteiro after the BC Pro Day, as well as tight end Tommy Sweeney at the Senior Bowl. Guard Chris Lindstrom also has a personal relationship with Jaguars scout Chris Snee.

Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama, 6/2 3/8, 242, testing scores

Their first skill-position visit, the Jaguars are hosting Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. for a top 30 visit tomorrow. Jordan Reid of reported the meeting first. Smith is undersized compared to the traditional tight end, but compares athletically and physically to Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton, who Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo worked with during their time with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith Jr. recorded 58 receptions for 838 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons at Alabama, and provides line-up versatility as an in-line tight end, slot receiver, and an H-back.

Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan, 6-3, 253, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting defensive end Chase Winovich out of Michigan. Winovich is entering the NFL Draft as a senior. Starting the last two seasons as a Wolverine, he accumulated a total of 13.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. Winovich is a lesser known name than his counterpart Rashan Gary, although he has produced far more in his time with Michigan than Gary has. For example, Gary has only accumulated nine sacks in the past two years with 18 tackles for loss. Gary has also visited the Jaguars.

Michael Dogbe, DT, Temple, 6-3, 286, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting defensive tackle Michael Dogbe out of Temple. Dogbe was a fifth-year senior upon entering the NFL draft and while he is a little light for a defensive tackle, his ability to rush the passer and penetrate the offensive line is evidenced by the seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss he had during his last season at Temple. This is one of the more under the radar top-30 visits as the Jaguars — and other teams — will frequently meet with players they may view as a later round pick. Not all of the Jaguars top-30 picks will be drafted in the first round.

Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky, 6-4 7/8, 262, testing scores

The Jaguars are hosting pass rusher Josh Allen out of Kentucky. The former Wildcat surprisingly went back to school last year to prove he was worthy of an eventual first round pick, and his 17 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles in 2018 alone put him firmly in top-5 pick talks.

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida, 6-5, 312, testing scores

Jawaan Taylor is a popular mock draft pick for the Jaguars with their seventh overall selection. Following his best season at UF, Taylor enters the 2019 NFL Draft with excellent size and athleticism on tape that make him intriguing. With the Jaguars need at the right side of the offensive line, Taylor would make sense even if the seventh pick is a bit of a reach for his services.

Kaleb McGary, OL, Washington, 6-7 1/8, 317, testing scores

Kaleb McGary does not meet the Jaguars’ length threshold at offensive tackle with 32 7/8 inch arms (they shoot for around 35″ arms), but McGary plays with a mean streak and was a stud at the 2019 Senior Bowl. After starting for over three years at UW, he should be on the board when the Jaguars pick 38th overall in the second round, but won’t be around long after that. He suffers from A-Fib, a heart issue, but has played through that disability since he was a kid and is expected to handle it well at the NFL level.

Brian Fineanganofo, OL, Idaho State, 6-6, 304, testing scores

A name neither you nor I have ever heard of before this report, the Jaguars have met with Brian Fineanganofo, who logged over 30 career starts at Idaho State at offensive tackle. He accepted an invite and played in the 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. His size and athletic scores make him an intriguing prospect match for Jacksonville.

Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State, 6-5 3/4, 260, testing scores

If you didn’t know who Montez Sweat was before the NFL Combine, you certainly do now after he ran a 4.41 40 yard dash at his size and position – that’s unheard of. Sweat has tallied 22.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss over the past two seasons at MISS ST., after transferring from Michigan State following a dismissal from the Spartans football team. It was revealed Sweat has a minor heart condition that was found during health tests at the Combine, but it is not believed to make an impact on his football career. Another projected top-10 pick.

Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan, 6-4 3/8, 277, testing scores

Despite a lack of elite college production in three seasons at Michigan, Rashan Gary possesses elite athleticism and the tools that NFL teams drool over in a defensive lineman. He’s projected as a top-10 pick lock at this point, even though he recorded a mere 9.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss in 34 games, with 21 starts.

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 vs. Texans preview: Keys to success, matchups to watch

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 29, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) works out during warmups before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars look to rebound in a major way this Sunday against the Houston Texans. It all starts with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, II who will start in place of the injured Nick Foles.

Nick Foles is out, and Gardner Minshew is in. The outcome for Sunday’s game against the Texans will likely be determined by the ability of the rookie quarterback. In order to be successful, the team must play better on defense and around Minshew.

Game Time info

  • When: Sunday, September, 15th 1:00 PM  ET
  • Where: NRG Stadium, Houston Texas
  • Watch: CBS47 (click)
  • Listen: Jacksonville 1010XL AM, 92.5FM

Five Keys to Success

  1. Stay healthy
    We put this every week, but I suppose the Jaguars are not listening. The Jaguars will be without at least six players due to various injuries on Sunday including offensive linemen Cam Robinson and Cedric Ogbuehi, cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, tight end Josh Oliver, and wide receiver Marqise Lee. No matter how hard the Jaguars tried to escape it, the injury bug has most definitely caught up.
  2. Stop (limit?) DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller
    Last week, the Jaguars faced probably the best offense in the NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs. This week, they face another daunting challenge with Texans receivers DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller. Fuller is one of five players in the NFL to record 10 receiving touchdowns on 100-or-less targets since 2017.
  3. Protect Minshew at all costs
    The Jaguars absolutely cannot afford another injury at the quarterback position. Last week, the team sent a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for quarterback Josh Dobbs. There is no reason for anyone to want Dobbs to take the field on Sunday. While the Texans got rid of defensive end Jadevon Clowney, they are still a force to be reckoned with along the front seven with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
  4. Get after the quarterback
    Last week, the Jaguars were unable to bring down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. This week, they will be tasked with bringing down Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. The good news for the Jaguars defensive line is Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson holds onto the ball (2.73 seconds per pass) much longer than Mahomes (2.42 seconds). The advantage should go to Jacksonville against Houston’s offensive line even without Ngakoue.
  5. Keep it simple
    Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash admitted he might have gotten a little “too cute” when playing the Chiefs explosive offense last week. This week, the defensive play-callers needs to keep it simple and allow his defense to just play their game. The Jaguars gave up seven straight scoring drives to the Chiefs last week.

Key Matchups 

  • Jalen Ramsey vs. DeAndre Hopkins
    This is fun. Every time these two players meet, something happens. Both players will get the best of each other, and Ramsey is likely to follow Hopkins around the field as he did with Hill last week. Hopkins spoke to the media last week and complimented the cornerback, and unsurprisingly, Ramsey did the same.
  • Josh Allen vs. Laremy Tunsil
    With Ngakoue out, Allen will be the Jaguars number one pass rusher going up against Houston Texans’ offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Allen was highly complimentary of Tunsil last week and is looking forward to playing much better this week than he did in week one.
  • Jaguars receivers vs. Texans defensive backs
    Lee being out for Sunday’s matchup is inconsequential. The Jaguars top three receivers, Chris Conley, D.J. Chark, and Dede Westbrook are good to go. Chark put on a show last week against the Chiefs after hauling in four passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. The Texans secondary is suspect at best and should be a terrific matchup to watch on Sunday.
  • Jaguars secondary vs. Texans’ receivers
    The Jaguar secondary last week was, for lack of a better word, awful. Giving up 378 passing yards will not get it done. The Jaguars ranked second in pass defense last year, and currently rank 29th after their week one loss. Something’s gotta give this week against the Texans and the Jaguars will see — even without Bouye — how they will move forward on defense.

Players to watch

Gardner Minshew — Minshew Mania ran rampant in Jacksonville this week, off of a loss. If the mustache wearing, jorts sporting, rockstar from Mississippi can lead the Jaguars to victory there may be a parade. Absolutely the key player of the week, and the number one player to watch against the Texans on Sunday. Minshew will need to stay within himself and lead the Jaguars offense to scoring drives early and often. His old ball coach believes in him, do you?

Tre Herndon — Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon needs to be ready against the Texans on Sunday. Going up against DeAndre Hopkins and/or Will Fuller is no easy task. Herndon said after practice on Friday that his preparation for Sunday’s game has not changed and he has leaned on Bouye for how he should cover Fuller and Hopkins. Both receivers present different, but equally effective difficulties.

Leonard Fournette — Fournette was off to a rather stellar game against the Chiefs last week before the Jaguars defense put them in a hole forcing the team to turn to the passing game. If the Jaguars can remain balanced on Sunday, Fournette should be in for another solid game, adding onto his 5.3 yards-per-carry average for the season.

Marcell Dareus — Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed last week’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs due to an elbow injury. Now that he’s back, the 331-pound defensive tackle should provide a force in the middle of the field, eating up blockers and allowing the linebackers to move more freely to the ball carrier. It will be important to keep a close eye on him as the game moves forward to see how healthy he truly is.

Official game prediction: Jaguars 10, Texans 24

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Jaguars officially rule out Bouye, Lee against Texans

Demetrius Harvey



Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) warms up prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars have officially ruled out cornerback A.J. Bouye and receiver Marqise Lee for Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans.

After being listed as questionable following Friday’s practice both A.J. Bouye (hip) and Marqise Lee (knee) have been ruled out for the Jaguars match against the Houston Texans tomorrow.

Lee came into the week after playing in his first regular-season game since December 2017 with progress on his surgically repaired knee. After being limited in practice on Thursday for “precautionary reasons”, Lee did not participate on Friday.

Coming into this season there were legitimate questions whether or not Lee would be ready for week one. There are not legitimate concerns on whether the receiver has suffered a setback on his knee or if this was in the plans all along. The latter seems unlikely.

Receivers Keelan Cole and C.J. Board will step up in place of Lee on Sunday.

Bouye battled through a hip injury all week and was limited in both Thursday and Friday’s practices for the team. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone all but ruled him out after being asked about the chances of the cornerback playing on Sunday during his post-practice press conference yesterday stating, “I’d probably think, probably doubtful. We’ll be ready to go. We’re planning on him probably not playing. I’m sure he’s going to give it everything he has to be healthy.”

With Bouye out, second-year cornerback Tre Herndon will likely start in his place with D.J. Hayden remaining in the slot. Herndon spoke about the prospect of him playing a bigger role on Sunday shortly after practice concluded on Friday.

“In the position that I’m in, being that fourth corner, that’s kinda my card. Anyone get down, get tired, [I] gotta be able to step in and cut no slack. That’s my mindset, treating it like another game. Blessed with the opportunity and try to make the most out of it.”

Herndon will need to be on his A-game during Sunday’s matchup as he is likely to be covering Will Fuller or DeAndre Hopkins. Both players pose a significant threat to the Jaguars secondary.

The Jaguars have now ruled out six players for Sunday’s matchup including Bouye, Lee, tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring), offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring), defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring), and left tackle Cam Robinson (coaches decision).

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Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen is just getting started

Demetrius Harvey



Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) looks on during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Selecting defensive end Josh Allen at seventh overall was — by many observers — a complete steal by the Jaguars. Now, the young pass rusher is honing his craft to become one of the best in the league.

Throughout the offseason, preseason, and now shortly into the regular season, Jaguars fans and the Jaguars coaching staff have seen the type of versatility, pass rush, and skill set  Josh Allen can provide to the team.

Whether it’s playing linebacker, defensive end, or defensive tackle, Allen can do it all. Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft, Allen was thought of as more of a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, in just a few months the now-275-pound athlete is proving otherwise.

“The most I can do man is the better I can be,” Allen told Locked on Jaguars shortly after practice this week when asked about his versatility. “It means I can be out there on the field more, doing more things. I love being a versatile player, I love being able to do a lot of different things so I can stay on that field as much as I can and make plays for my team.”

The Jaguars rookie played 75% of the team’s defensive snaps last week (51/68 plays) while seeing action at three separate positions — defensive end, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker. Allen has also shown he can defend the pass, especially in the flats as seen during the team’s third preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

The fiery pass-rusher dons the number 41, a number in which he himself admits is unconventional, and while at first, he did not care for it, it eventually grew on him.

“My freshman year I thought it was my locker number,” Allen said while laughing. “I wasn’t happy when I got it. I was trying to change it, to be real. You know they told me I couldn’t and it just stuck with me and I just kept wearing it.”

Typically a player’s number has some sort of significance to it, but that is not the case for Allen. What is significant to him, however, is his son. The absolute reason why he suits up and plays with the intensity that he does on the gridiron. While Allen wants to be the best player, his son has always, and will always come first.

“You know I got in this game to give my family a better opportunity at life, and now that I’m here man, it’s just my main focus is to provide for my family and provide for myself.”

While at Kentucky, Allen nearly entered the draft as a junior, but once his son was born he had a different perspective on life, and on football. As a junior, Allen posted seven sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss. Respectable numbers which likely would slot him in the first to the third-round range. Allen took it as a challenge and flourished.

During his senior year, Allen posted record-setting numbers with 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles-for-loss which — for a Kentucky defensive player — is unheard of. To that end, Allen quickly climbed draft boards, many slotting him in as a top-three pick.

Now in the NFL, Allen is striving for even more. “Of course I want to be the best,” Allen said. “I got a little bit on my shoulders, but I’m willing to go a long mile with that.”

The defensive end will have a lot on his shoulders this Sunday. With his partner-in-crime Yannick Ngakoue out with a hamstring issue, many assume Allen will need to pick up the slack left by the pro bowler’s absence, but that is not his mentality at all. Instead, Allen looks at it in a rather selfless, team-oriented perspective.

“It is what it is,” Allen said when asked about Ngakoue being out on Sunday and him playing a little more. “I pray he gets better. That’s main priority number one, is for him to get healthy. It’s not about me playing more or him not being here. It’s about him being healthy and us playing 100% on the defense.”

Allen has been about the team more than himself since college, illustrating that with his desire to suit up in a bowl game he didn’t necessarily have to play in. Now in Jacksonville, that perspective has not changed. Similar to his role on Sunday.

“My role hasn’t changed any,” Allen said. “I played when he was in the game, played when he (Ngakoue) wasn’t in the game. It’s not gonna be a big change for me, but I just pray he gets better so we can be a complete unit.”

While Allen’s role may not change for Sunday, not having Ngakoue will most definitely affect the Jaguars chances of winning. Ngakoue has yet to miss a game during his four-year career, and has been the most productive edge rusher on the team during that span, along with defensive end Calais Campbell.

Allen didn’t grow up a football player, and instead played basketball the majority of his life. Once he put the football pads on, however, Allen says he started studying all kinds of pass rushers. Allen would go on to list them off. (Bears defensive end) Khalil Mack, (Broncos outside linebacker) Von Miller, (Former Broncos outside linebacker) DeMarcus Ware, (Colts defensive end) Justin Houston. Some of the best defensive ends, and football players of the past decade. “I feel like I can do the stuff they do,” Allen quipped.

Allen has drawn comparisons to Mack and Miller throughout the draft process and even now shortly into his professional career. If Allen can “do the stuff they do”, he will have been an absolute steal as many pundits predicted.

For now, Allen will continue to hone his craft and stay under the wings of Campbell and Ngakoue. He has leaned on both players for guidance throughout the offseason, and into the regular season. “Calais has been in the league for a long time, Yan for a little bit of time — he’s one of those primetime players,” Allen said. “Having them in my corner has been a blessing, a big help. Not only is it gonna help me, but they’re gonna help the whole team as well.”

Now, going into his second career game, his next test will be against one of the best offensive tackle’s in the game in Texans offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil. “He’s a big guy, he’s real physical on the point of attack,” Allen said when asked what he’s seen out of Tunsil on tape. “It makes a lot of big plays. He’s [a] real athletic tackle — that doesn’t discredit anything — so we’re still gonna have to put the pressure on him and get to the quarterback.”

It’s clear former Wildcat thinks highly of himself. Last week, Allen was credited with having three pressures and one quarterback hit according to Pro Football Focus — the most amount of overall pressures on the team. Yet, the defensive end described his play as just “alright”, when asked about it.

“I know I can work on some things to get better and plan to do those this week.”

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