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2019 NFL Draft: Who meets the Jaguars wide receiver thresholds?

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Nov 10, 2018; Gainesville, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Deebo Samuel (1) gets the crowd pumped up during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the departure of Donte Moncrief and Marqise Lee not expected to return until late preseason, the Jaguars are currently expected to have four wide receivers on their roster that caught a pass in the regular season last year. Not a great spot to be in if you want to help out your new quarterback Nick Foles.

Although history isn’t extensive at the position, the Jaguars have prioritized size and explosiveness at WR, drafting only one player under 5’11”: Ace Sanders, a return specialist, on Day 3. Additionally, the Jaguars have only drafted one player that jumped under 34.5″ inches in the vertical jump – Sanders.

Tier 1: Highest athletic threshold match

D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

While a freakish straight-line athlete, Metcalf’s stiff hips limit him to being a primarily deep ball receiver. Although Nick Foles excels at throwing down the field, you would like to think with how thin the WR room is that the Jaguars would like a more well-rounded player.

Parris Campbell, Ohio State

Even though he has tremendous speed, Campbell was primarily used on screens and mesh routes at Ohio State. If the Jaguars want to use Dede Westbrook in a more diverse manner, then Campbell could easily take over the role he held last season if the team sees need.

Gary Jennings Jr., West Virginia

If you look up the definition of “strong hands” in a football dictionary, a photo of Gary Jennings Jr. would show up. The big-bodied wideout has had a strong draft process seeing his stock rise after testing well at the combine. According to PFF, Jennings leads the 2019 class of wide receivers in contested catch percentage at 54%.

Hakeem Butler, Iowa State

Lacking a true jump ball player out wide, Hakeem Butler would be the perfect fit for the Jaguars young core. There may lie some concern with Butler, in him being such a late bloomer, but once you see his measurables, athletic testing and what he consistently does to smaller defensive backs those concerns quickly dissipate.

Tier 2: Above average athletic threshold match

David Sills V, West Virginia

A former headline maker as a young teenager after Lane Kiffin offered him a scholarship to play quarterback at age 13, Sills grew to be a master at scoring in the red zone rather at wide receiver than his aforementioned position. Sills, even though everyone watching knew where the ball was going, still tallied 18 total touchdowns in his final season in Morgantown.

AJ Brown, Ole Miss

A running back playing receiver is the best way to describe how Brown not only looks but plays. Brown is a very talented yards after catch player but wasn’t able to showcase it as often as one would like do to either poor quarterback play or poor playcalling.

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Much like Brown, Samuel has a very sturdy for his position making him hard to tackle in the open field. Unlike Brown though, Samuel had ample opportunities to showcase his speed and power. Not to mention Samuel is an adept route runner. If you miss out on Brown in the draft, Samuel would very much be a player you could take later and feel comfortable that you are getting a similar player.

Terry McLaurin, Ohio State

Arguably the fastest on-field players in this draft, McLaurin isn’t just a one trick pony. He has a very sound route-running skillset in his repertoire.

Tier 3: Not a fit athletically

Kelvin Harmon, NC State

Though Harmon has some things you could fall in love with on film, like his jump ball skills and route running, Harmon simply didn’t test as well as expected which will likely not only hurt his draft stock but his standing with the Jaguars.

Tyre Brady, Marshall

Brady attains a plus contested catch skillset, but he could make his life much easier if he was a better route runner and a better athlete.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas

Although he has the size and jump ball abilities you like in a downfield receiver, Humphrey’s 40-time simply won’t cut it in the NFL.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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