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

Demetrius Harvey

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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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